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Arizona Cardinals take 27-3 preseason win as Cowboys stars sit

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Vontarrius Dora tackles Dallas Cowboys quarterback Mike White during the second half of a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (Michael Ainsworth / Associated Press)
Arizona Cardinals defensive end Vontarrius Dora tackles Dallas Cowboys quarterback Mike White during the second half of a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (Michael Ainsworth / Associated Press)
By Schuyler Dixon Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas – Patrick Peterson hasn’t faced a starting quarterback in the preseason.

The three-time All-Pro cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals is getting himself in regular-season form anyway.

Peterson returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown after Dallas decided to sit quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott in what was supposed to be the dress rehearsal, and the Cardinals rolled to a 27-3 exhibition victory over the Cowboys on Sunday night.

The Cardinals (3-0) forced eight turnovers to give them 16 takeaways in the preseason. That included two muffed punts by Dallas (0-3), the second recovered for a touchdown by Trent Sherfield to open the scoring in the first quarter.

Prescott’s absence made it three straight weeks that Arizona didn’t face the opposing starter. San Diego’s Philip Rivers skipped the opener, and Drew Brees sat for New Orleans last week.

Sam Bradford led two largely ineffective series for the Cardinals after completing all seven of his passes in the first two preseason games. He was 1 of 4 for 6 yards as Arizona generated just one first down.

Josh Rosen, the 10th overall pick and likely backup to Bradford in the regular season, didn’t play after injuring the thumb on his throwing (right) hand in practice last week.

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