Finally, after far too long away from the Cowboys, Tony Romo is back and not a week too soon! Dallas was brutal in his absence, not winning one single game. For all the heat Romo takes, the guy is a competitor and has put his body on the line countless times for the Cowboys. He’s an excellent quarterback and though he returns to a 2-7 team, Dallas is fully healthy once again, and I’m not ready to count them out entirely in a pretty brutal NFC East division – one in which it seems that nobody really wants! Yes, they may need to win out to claim the divisional crown, but with Bryant and Romo back in the fold, Dallas possesses the talent to do so. For Dallas it starts this week in a big match-up against a Miami team fresh off a big win of their own last week vs. the Eagles. Miami has had their fair share of turmoil this season, but have shown glimpses of being the excellent team many figured they could be. This is definitely one of Week 11’s most intriguing games, so read on below for a game breakdown and the official betting selection for Cowboys/Dolphins.
Cowboys vs. Dolphins Betting Odds:
Dallas Cowboys -2 (-110)
@ Miami Dolphins +2 (-110)
Over 46.5 (-110)
Under 46.5 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Cowboys vs. Dolphins Pick:
At full strength, Dallas is a much better team than the Miami Dolphins. Unfortunately for bettors, we aren’t quite sure what to expect of Romo in his first game back from a lengthy layoff. Still, anything should be better than Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel, right? For Miami, ever since Cameron Wake went down with a season-ending injury, it’s been a real tough go of things. The pass rush is virtually non-existent now and this should do wonders for Romo as he re-acclimates himself to NFL football. Expect lots of time and space in the pocket for Romo behind his stellar O-line. Romo is as precise as they come and he should be able to torch this Dolphins secondary that has been surprisingly brutal in 2015. Expect a heroic return from Romo, and many connections between him and a much happier Dez Bryant.
For the Dolphins attack, things are not going well. Ryan Tannehill hasn’t looked all that great this season, and likely won’t finish the year all that well either. He’s lost key O-lineman Ja’Wuan James for the year, greatly impacting his pass protection and the run game with Lamar Miller. He’s taken 11 sacks in just the past three weeks, and doesn’t have enough time in the pocket to connect with all of his weapons. I’d expect to see a ton of Cowboys in the backfield on Sunday and they should be able to consistently apply pressure to Tannehill and force him into bad mistakes. Even with the run game, behind a depleted offensive line and going against the Cowboys solid run defense, there won’t be much room out there to take the pressure off. I think Miami will have a very hard time moving the chains vs. the Cowboys.
Dallas is the better team here and to me, it’s not close. Romo has re-invigorated a worn down Cowboys locker room and you get the sense that it’s a new season for Dallas. They’re going to take a shot at the NFC East, and despite the hole they’ve created, this is a talented group that is capable of doing something remarkable like that. Expect a positive return for Romo, en route to a comfortable win in Miami.
PICK = Cowboys -2 (-110)