Missing Offensive Linemen and Injury Concerns for Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are facing some challenges as they prepare to go up against the Miami Dolphins. Two starting offensive linemen, Zack Martin and Tyron Smith, have been absent from practice this week, raising concerns about the team’s performance. In addition, wide receiver Tyreek Hill missed last week’s game with an ankle injury, but his absence may not have been necessary as he has not been seen limping. Despite the Cowboys’ usually strong offensive line, the absence of these key players could impact their game.
Miami’s Strong Performance Against the Rams
When comparing the best performances of each team, the Miami Dolphins have a clear advantage. In September, they scored an impressive 70 points against their opponents. On the other hand, the Cowboys’ best game was a 43-20 victory against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 8. However, it is worth noting that the Rams team they faced was not the same as the one currently holding an NFC Wild Card seed. The absence of Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp and running back Kyren Williams may have contributed to the Cowboys’ success.
Dolphins’ Home Advantage and Quarterback’s Strong Record
The Miami Dolphins have a significant advantage when playing at home. They have a perfect 7-0 record straight up (SU) and 6-1 against the spread (ATS) in home games, scoring an average of 40 points per game (PPG). In contrast, the Dallas Cowboys have a 3-4 SU and ATS record, scoring just 21.7 PPG. Dolphins quarterback [QB’s Name] has an impressive record of 16-2 SU and 13-5 ATS as a home favorite, with a +6.1 spread differential throughout his career. The Dolphins have also performed well at home this season, with a 6-1 SU record and a +19.4 scoring margin.
Dallas’ History of Shrinking in Big Games
The Dallas Cowboys have a reputation for faltering in important games. Since head coach Mike McCarthy took over, the team has a record of 5-11 SU and ATS against non-divisional opponents with winning records. They have also suffered three embarrassing losses this season, compared to the Dolphins’ two. Both teams lost to the Buffalo Bills, but the circumstances were different. The Dolphins were defeated 48-20 in Week 4 when the Bills were at full strength. In contrast, the Bills’ defense was missing two key players when they beat the Cowboys 31-10 last week.
Strong Defense and Overall Advantage for Miami
The Miami Dolphins boast a formidable defense, especially with cornerback Jalen Ramsey on the field. Since Ramsey’s debut in Week 8, the Dolphins’ defense leads the league in expected points added per play and ranks 2nd in success rate. This improvement was expected with the arrival of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. The Dolphins have All-Pro talent on all three levels of their defense, giving them a clear advantage in the game.
Prediction: Dolphins to Secure Victory at Home
Based on the team’s strengths and overall performance, it is predicted that the Miami Dolphins will secure a victory against the Dallas Cowboys. A final score of Dolphins 34, Cowboys 24 is expected. This prediction is backed by the Dolphins’ superior passing attack, coaching staff, and defense. The only concern is being overly confident in Miami and potentially missing some crucial factors. Nevertheless, the Dolphins are favored to win at home.