Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray return home for NFL

Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 2:25 PM

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TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury will return home to Texas on Monday for an important game of football.

The Cardinals meet the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night (8:15 p.m., RDS and RDS Direct). The Cardinals (3-2) are on the rise in a very competitive section.

The Cowboys (2-3) will try to find their bearings with reserve quarterback Andy Dalton, who will make a first start in relief from injured Dak Prescott.

It is also a comeback for two football prodigies in Texas. Kingsbury and quarterback Kyler Murray will both be making their first outing in the NFL in their home state.

Kingsbury, 41, shone in high school in the 1990s, then coached at Texas Tech and offensive coordinator at Texas A&M. Murray, 23, won three titles with his high school in suburban Dallas, before enjoying a successful college career at Texas A&M and Oklahoma.

“He’s probably more nervous than I am,” Murray said of Kingsbury before making jokes about his coach’s age. I never saw the footage from when he was playing in high school. I heard it was on the news last night. Apparently, the image quality was not very good! “

Murray is on his way to becoming one of the most productive quarterbacks in the NFL, less than two years after being selected first in the 2019 Draft.

Kingsbury was excited to select Murray since he was familiar with his background in Texas and his success in a high-pressure environment like AT&T Stadium in Dallas.

“He loves this stadium and has had success there,” Kingsbury said. He’s been working since his early childhood for a time like this. I know he can’t wait to get out there and put in his best effort. “

The Cowboys also have talented local players. Dalton – who was the Cincinnati Bengals’ starting quarterback for nine seasons before joining the Cowboys – is a native of the Houston area. He played his college football a few miles from AT&T Stadium in TCU.

Kingsbury didn’t expect the Cowboys’ offense to be easier to curb with Dalton behind center.

“He’s a quarter star. We faced him last year when he was playing for the Bengals and he had quite a game. He also has several dangerous players around him, ”Kingsbury noted.

It will also be a Monday night opener for Cowboys rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, who grew up in Texas before joining Murray in Oklahoma.

Lamb caught 29 passes for 433 yards and two touchdowns in his first five games in the NFL. Murray called Lamb “natural” and he’s not surprised to see him shine so early in his career.

“We’ve had a lot of success together, a lot of fun,” said Murray. He is a good friend and I wish him the best. But this week, he’s going to be in the enemy camp. “