The Dallas Cowboys suffered a 22-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, dropping to 10-5 this season. The Cowboys continued their trend of struggling on the road, falling to 3-5 in away games this season. For whatever reason, the Cowboys offense does not produces as well as when they are playing at home in AT&T Stadium.
The Cowboys defense faced heavy criticism all week after their abysmal performance against the Buffalo Bills in Week 15. They bounced back against the Dolphins, holding the league’s fastest offense to five field goals in the game. Despite losing the field position battle throughout the game, the defense held strong and consistently kept the Dolphins out of the end zone throughout the majority of the game. However, the Cowboys were only able to find the end zone twice throughout the entirety of the game. Their two touchdowns came off a 49-yard reception in the first quarter from CeeDee Lamb, and a receiving touchdown from Brandin Cooks on the final offensive possession of the game for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys were 4-12 on third downs throughout Sunday’s matchup, with pre-snap penalties hurting them in various key moments in drives. Prescott continues to look less impressive on the road this season, throwing just one touchdown in the game.
While the Cowboys defense didn’t force any game-changing takeaways, they didn’t allow the dynamic Miami offense to have any long touchdown plays, something that they have specialized in all season long. The Dan Quinn-led defense kept the game close, giving the Cowboys chances to take control of the game on the offensive side of the ball. Unfortunately, the Cowboys offense produced early, then went into a long slump before it was too late.