The NFL Preseason continues on Friday night, with another slate of games to feast on. I know that it’s pretty bad football, but what are you going to do when you’re a football addict? In tonight’s edition we head to Texas, where the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys meet up for preseason supremacy. The Cowboys looked pretty good from the start to the finish last week, with quarterback Dak Prescott turning some heads.
I have to say that the people calling for Prescott to start in the regular season over Tony Romo have to give it a rest. Prescott looked good, but this is still the preseason and he has a lot of room to develop. Perhaps Prescott develops into a nice backup this season, but don’t expect anything more if Romo doesn’t get injured. The original backup, Kellen Moore, suffered a broken fibula, setting up the opportunity for Prescott to move into the backup slot.
Prescott did everything well last week, throwing for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. He failed to complete only two passes, going 10 for 12 on the evening. Is the hype a little too premature? Well, it’s awfully premature to say that Prescott deserves Romo’s spot, but he looked like a guy that wasn’t in his first game in the NFL. The stage was there for Prescott, as he got the start with Romo sitting the first preseason game out.
Romo is going to play tonight for the first time since he was sent to the sidelines with a broken collarbone. You saw how bad the Cowboys were without him in action, so Cowboys’ fans should be embracing his return here. But I can see it now, Romo struggles in the first regular season game and fans are calling for Prescott to start.
Romo will get a couple of series tonight, and then it’ll be back to Prescott where he looks to excel once again. This will be his first time playing at the AT&T Center, after the Cowboys played in LA last week. The Cowboys got out to a fast start, but their defense couldn’t hold the lead and let Sean Mannion to throw all over them to win the game. Goff was a big disappointment and the Cowboys were able to take advantage of it.
The Dolphins on the other hand, will look to expand on their 27-10 win a week ago. There weren’t many negatives in the Dolphins’ play a week ago, with all of their quarterbacks playing considerably well. The Dolphins have one of my favorite preseason quarterbacks and backups in the league, Matt Moore. He passed for 122 yards and a touchdown and interception against the Giants, as Ryan Tannehill only had one series in the contest. It hasn’t been a pretty start for my preseason, but luckily this is just a warmup for the real thing in a few weeks. Let’s get a winner tonight.
Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys NFL Preseason Betting Odds:
vs. Cowboys -3(-110)
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Matt Moore has been a lifer backup in the NFL, other than a stint as the Carolina Panthers’ starter a few years back. However, Moore has made a nice career for himself as a backup, and whenever he gets extended play in the preseason, he has had little problem dicing up backup defenses. If Tannehill falters or gets injured, the Dolphins should feel comfortable with Moore backing him up. The Dolphins have to do a much better job as a team this season, though. They seemed discombobulated and uninterested.
The Dolphins main suspect was the newly acquired Ndamukong Suh, who looked like he just cashed a big cheque and decided to relax. He didn’t look to play with the same mean streak we saw from him with the Lions. Suh is going to be a guy to watch out for with the Dolphins this season, he has to be a better player, and more importantly a better team player.
There isn’t much hope for the Dolphins catching the Patriots with Suh playing below expectations. Tannehill and the Dolphins’ offense is not good enough to win games on their own. The Dolphins are a team who needs the defense to be the catalyst. We expect Tannehill to get a couple of series tonight, which will then give way to Matt Moore. Moore is where you’re going to make bread with the Dolphins in the preseason. You either do or die with backups in the preseason, and more times than not, Moore has been a safe bet.
Most interest is going to be on Dak Prescott in this game. He’s heard the praise, and even Jerry Jones was seen gleaming about Prescott. However, that could easily all go away in this game. If he fails to play well, you’re going to hear how it was just one game and he really isn’t as good as he appeared. That is just how sports work. It may not seem fair, but it’s how it goes with fickle fans. I expect Tannehill and Moore to be able to move the ball down the field. The Cowboys’ defense was getting worked in the second-half against the Rams. It wouldn’t surprise me if Romo comes out hot, too. Prescott will be able to get deeper into the defense rotation tonight, with Romo getting the start against starters. This has the makings of a 24-20 final game in Dallas on Friday night, providing us with a solid play on the OVER 40.5.
PICK: OVER 40.5 POINTS (-110)