The Dallas Cowboys, and their fanbase, are eager to turn the page on the beating they received from the Buffalo Bills. They will get to do that, but it’s not like things are going to get any easier. This week they have to go on the road again (gulp), and play on grass (double gulp). and play a team that has two very good running backs (triple gulp).
The Miami Dolphins sport a 10-4 record just like the Cowboys and are in the midst of a playoff positioning fight in the AFC just like the Cowboys are in the NFC. DraftKings Sportsbook has the Cowboys as one-point underdogs to the Dolphins.
Let’s see what some other sites say about the game.
Dak Prescott’s heater ended with a thud in chilly Buffalo. it will be much warmer in Miami temperature-wise for this next epic battle vs. an AFC East foe. The question, with the Dolphins’ defense playing well and just coming off a shut out of the Jets, can Prescott thaw in time to outduel a now limited Tua Tagovailoa? Dallas will be in big trouble with its man defense should Tyreek Hill return to flank Jaylen Waddle, while there could be more explosive leaks vs. the run against speedy Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane. The Dolphins will contain Prescott with some pressure and force Dallas to dig deep with its running game.
Pick: Dolphins win 30-27 and cover the spread.
This is the prediction of most analysts. The Dolphins with a win, and just enough to cover the one-point spread.
This is an enormous game between two really good teams. The Cowboys are playing a second straight road game, which is a challenge after getting beat by the Bills last week. Dallas doesn’t play well on the road, while Miami plays well at home. Even so, I think the Cowboys will find a way to hang around in this one.
Pick: Dolphins 30, Cowboys 29
With this prediction we’d actually get a push at the current one-point spread.
Lorenzo Reyes: Dolphins 30, Cowboys 26
The Dolphins play fairly well at home, with their lone loss coming two weeks ago against the Titans. The Cowboys struggle on the road and are 3-4 away from Arlington. I’m expecting Miami to have a plan to use its speed to exploit Dallas’ rush defense. I think this is a nice candidate for the over.
Tyler Dragon: Dolphins 27, Cowboys 24
The Cowboys struggle on the road and the Dolphins have benefitted from a soft schedule. This is a game that could change the perception of each team. The Cowboys struggle with pre-snap motion and misdirection plays. The Dolphins run a similar scheme as the 49ers, and Miami has the fastest player in the NFL in Tyreek Hill. Advantage Dolphins.
Again, a pretty high-scoring affair that results in a Dolphins victory by a small amount of points.
The Dolphins can’t beat anyone with a winning record! The Cowboys shrivel up outside of Jerry World! What happens when these two narratives collide at Hard Rock Stadium? Whose perceived fraudulence comes to pass?? I think it hinges on the biggest matchup advantage: Miami’s run game vs. Dallas’ run defense. The Cowboys just gave up 266 rushing yards to a Bills team that isn’t exactly known for its ground attack. Dan Quinn’s unit clearly missed its big man in the middle, Johnathan Hankins, the veteran run-stuffer who suffered a high ankle sprain in the second half of Dallas’ Week 14 throttling of Philadelphia. On Wednesday, Mike McCarthy said the hulking nose tackle would be “hard pressed to go” again this week. That’s a major problem against Mike McDaniel’s creative — and devastatingly effective — ground scheme.
Unfortunately, almost everyone thinks the Cowboys will lose this game by a small margin.
Some of the Blogging The Boys staff are making picks this season using Tallysight. Here is what we have for all of the Week 16 games, including the Cowboys game.