The unfortunate injury to Dallas Cowboys star, Dak Prescott, is still fresh in the minds of NFL fans across the globe. The former Rookie of the Year award winner suffered a compound right ankle fracture on Sunday. He will be out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery earlier this week. Veteran NFL quarterback, Andy Dalton, will start the remaining games for the Cowboys this season in Dak’s absence.
Dalton joined the NFL in 2011. He spent the entirety of his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals. He moved to the Dallas Cowboys in the offseason after the Bengals drafted Heisman Trophy winner, Joe Burrow, in the first round.
Dalton had a highly-successful start to his NFL career with five consecutive winning seasons with the Bengals. However, his form has dipped off late. He turns 33 at the end of October and like it or not, but Dalton is the Cowboys’ only hope at turning their season around and enabling them to make the NFL 2020 playoffs.
Andy Dalton all set to start his first game for the Dallas Cowboys
ANDY DALTON LEADS THE COWBOYS TO VICTORY IN THE FINAL MINUTE 💯
— Overtime (@overtime) October 11, 2020
Arizona Cardinals cornerback, Patrick Peterson, is not playing down the impact that Andy Dalton can have with the Cowboys this season. Following Dak’s injury, Dalton is now the first-choice in Texas. As the Dallas-based franchise gears up to host the Cardinals in Week Six, Peterson gave his teammates a firm warning.
“Andy Dalton is a very, very serviceable backup. I saw a crazy stat that said Andy has like 31,000 passing yards. It’s not a lot of backups that — technically, he’s not a backup. He could be a starter in this league. He was a starter in this league and he has starter numbers. To have a guy that’s a starter as your backup, that’s huge.”
“I believe coach Mike McCarthy did the right thing by going out and getting a better [backup] QB, just in case something like this did occur,” Peterson said on CBS Sports’ ‘All Things Covered’ podcast.
Meanwhile, Peterson also wary of the threat posed by Ezekiel Elliott
During the show, Peterson further highlighted that Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will pose a significant threat to the Cardinals on Monday night. Keeping the talented Zeke outside the End Zone will be a ‘priority’ for Kliff Kingsbury’s defense.
“Stop the run. Definitely gotta stop the run and force — not saying he can’t do it — but we have to force Andy Dalton to beat us. We feel if you take the ball out of Ezekiel Elliott’s hands, there’s more opportunities for bad things to happen if the ball is in the air,” Peterson added.
Arizona Cardinals started off their 2020 NFL campaign with back-to-back wins over the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Football Team. However, they lost both games after that in Week Three and Four, respectively.
Kyler Murray led the Cardinals to a comfortable 10-30 win over the New York Jets on the weekend. They will be desperate to add to their win percentage in the coming weeks. A game against a hurting Dallas Cowboys outfit would work to their advantage.