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Cowboys at Dolphins: Week 16 matchups to watch for the Dallas Cowboys

These three matchups could be the key to a Cowboys victory on Sunday

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If you were worried about the matchup problems the Buffalo Bills presented to the Dallas Cowboys last week, then you're probably even more concerned with this week's opponent, the Miami Dolphins. Miami has one of the more talented and explosive rosters in the entire league this season and could prove to be problematic for the Cowboys this week.

Today, we are going to identify and discuss a few key matchups the Cowboys probably need to win if they want any chance of securing victory this week, and to keep hope alive of winning the NFC East division. If they allow these matchups to get out of hand though, it could end in yet another embarrassing loss.


Cowboys' LB Damone Clark vs. Dolphins' RB Raheem Mostert

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All eyes will be on the Cowboys run defense this week after getting shredded by James Cook last week. While Damone Clark wasn't solely responsible for Dallas' struggles against the Bills, he did have one of his worst performances in his career to date since entering NFL. He definitely needs a bounce back game heading into this Week 16 matchup with the Miami Dolphins. Raheem Mostert is a big part of Miami's offensive success this year, accounting for 1,000+ scrimmage yards and 20 total TDs so far. Dallas simply can't allow another RB to run wild if they want any chance of walking away with a win.


Cowboys' secondary vs. Dolphins' WR Tyreek Hill

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Tyreek Hill was sidelined the majority of the game in Week 14 and missed last week altogether with an ankle injury, but is expected to return for the matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. He is arguably the best wide receiver in the entire league and is a mismatch problem for any defensive back trying to cover him. Whether it's Stephon Gilmore, DaRon Bland, or even Jourdan Lewis containing the speedy WR is probably priority No. 1. Dallas' secondary has to figure out some way limit his effectiveness, especially after the catch. If not, he has the ability to completely take over the game pretty much by himself.


Cowboys' RT Terence Steele vs. Dolphins' OLB Bradley Chubb

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Bradley Chubb was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week this week after recording a team-high seven tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two tackles for a loss and three quarterback hits against the Jets. This was by far his best performance on the season in what is looking like will end up being a career year for him. This week against the Cowboys Terence Steele will have to deal with Chubb some of the time. Dallas' RT has been pretty solid all season, but has also had his struggles as well. He will no doubt have his work cut out for him this week.

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