Jason Garrett doesn't expect Cowboys players to protest the national anthem Monday night after hearing President Trump's recent criticism of those who have protested before NFL games. When a team loses as badly as the Cowboys did last Sunday, 42-17 in Denver, fingers get pointed in many directions. Ezekiel Elliott and the best offensive line in football received their share of the blame. There's really no reason that combination should ever finish a game with more carries than yards. But Dez Bryant's rapport with Dak Prescott has led to the most significant concern. Some believe that at 28 years old, Bryant's best football is in the past. 3. MNF voice McDonough has Cardinals ties, but Cowboys
J.J. Nelson stood in front of his locker this week, surrounded by cameras and notepads that wanted to know if he could dunk, why he quit football -- and then returned -- and how he knows if he can get a step on a cornerback. The deeper they prodded into the life of the Arizona Cardinals' speedy, game-breaking receiver the more Nelson smiled and nodded. Being the center of attention is not who Nelson is -- it never has been -- but after turning in the third-best game of his career Sunday in Indianapolis with five catches for 120 yards and a touchdown, Nelson has been thrust into the spotlight. It'll only get brighter with the expectation that he'll continue to be a pillar of Arizona's passing game with John Brown's return from a quad injury still unknown.
As ESPN viewers watch the kickoff to next week’s “Monday Night Football” game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals, ESPN executives will be attempting a pivotal play all their own. Monday’s broadcast day will be the first on which ESPN will offer a live “total audience” number that reflects both traditional TV watching as well as viewing via streaming services, executives said Friday. ESPN and Nielsen, the media-measurement firm upon whose data the industry relies, will add to that number over the next few weeks, adding in viewing done on mobile screens as well as viewing done via “out of home” sources, like TVs in bars and hotels.