Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins
The Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins face off in Canton Ohio as they kick off the NFL preseason in the Hall of Fame Game. The Cowboys are -1.5 point favorites over the Dolphins with an over/under point total set at 34.
It has been a rough few seasons for the Dallas Cowboys as they have gone from a perennial contender to win the Super Bowl to a team that can’t even make the playoffs. While we won’t see much of the starters in this one Tony Romo is still the man for the Cowboys but he has some things to prove as he always seems to put up big numbers in everywhere but where it counts most, wins and losses. Backing up Romo is Kyle Orton and Nick Stephens and these two should see plenty of action in this one. Demarco Murray is the number one on the Dallas backfield but this one should be all about Joseph Randle, Phillip Tanner, and Lance Dunbar who are all guys who can play but will be competing for playing time. Dez Bryant and Miles Austin start at receiver and Jason Witten is the tight end but as is the case in pre-season the names we will likely hear are Danny Coale, Dwayne Harris, Anthony Armstrong, and Terrance Williams while at TE Gavin Escobar and James Hanna.
Defensively for Dallas Demarcus Ware is the best defensive player in the NFL but this will be a chance for guys like Kyle Wilber and Iponmwosa Igbinson to make their mark. At linebacker Ernie Sims will try and show he still has it, Monte Taylor will get a good look, as will Alex Albright. The Cowboys have invested a lot in their secondary with Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr but guys like Sterling Moore, B.W. Webb, and J.J. Wilcox will be on the field plenty here. There should be some opportunities for players to make the team on the defensive side of the ball in Dallas.
The Miami Dolphins are still rebuilding but last year we saw a team who didn’t back down from anyone and was competitive. Ryan Tannehill started as a rookie last year but he still needs work and may get more action than most QB’s in this spot before Matt Moore and Pat Devlin come in. Lamar Miller is now the go to go in the backfield, Daniel Thomas will continue to get a look, and Mike Gillislee will see his first NFL action while Javorskie Lane might see some different looks with the offense as well. Mike Wallace makes his first appearance in a Miami uniform as he pairs with Brian Hartline but overall the Dolphins are banged up at receiver and we will see Tannehill’s college teammate Jeff Fuller along with Brandon Gibson, Marvin McNutt, and Brian Tyms. Dustin Keller comes to the Dolphins from the Jets at tight end and Michael Egnew from Missouri should develop into a player at the NFL level.
Defensively the Dolphins chase the passer but this game will be about guys who figure to rotate in like Olivier Vernon, Dion Jordan, and Tristan Okpalaugo. Koa Misi and Daniel Ellerbee are virtually locks to start but players like Jelani Jenkins, Austin Spitler, and Jason Trusnik are among 11 linebackers who are competing. Outside of Richard Marshall the Dolphins don’t have a lot of big names in the secondary but they have a lot of talent with Brent Grimes, Will Davis, Jamar Taylor Reshad Jones and plenty of others whose names we will see on the field in Canton.
While in preseason we see teams tens to “work on things” as opposed to go for the win I wouldn’t be surprised to see both of these teams go for the win. Miami seems to have better depth at QB and with just an overall younger team across the board including many of the starters more players who will see in September should see more action and in what is just a lean I will take the Dolphins here.
Miami Dolphins +1.5 Dallas Cowboys