Cowboys host Dolphins in Week 2 of Preseason

By David A.

The 2016 NFL preseason continues from the Lone Star State on Friday when the Miami Dolphins visit the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. The current line has Dallas favored by 3 points with the over/under point total sitting on 40.5.

Last season the Dolphins finished 6-10, while the Cowboys were just 4-12. The Dolphins opened their 2016 preseason last week with a 27-10 victory over the New York Giants. Matt Moore has 122 yards passing with one touchdown. Ryan Tannehill the starting quarterback completed 2 of 4 passes.

Receivers Matt Hazel and Jakeem Grant combined to gain 119 yards through the air and a touchdown. The ground attack for the Dolphins averaged 3.3 yards a carry while Isaiah Pead was the leading rusher with 50 yards.

On defense, Mike Hull was the leading tackler for Miami with seven, while Bobby McClain defended two passes and Julius Warmsley sacked the quarterback twice. The defense for Miami this season is expected to be much improved over the unit from last season.

Dallas opened its preseason with a loss of 28-24 to the Los Angeles Rams. Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the losing effort. Regular season starter Tony Romo will like play some on Friday after sitting out last week’s loss.

Terrance Williams and Vince Mayle had 79 combined yards receiving with one touchdown between them. Dez Bryant the No. 1 receiver for Dallas caught just two passes in limited action.

Dallas gained an average of 5 yards a carry on the ground with Darius Jackson leading the way with 47 yards.

On defense, Dallas was led by the six tackles of Jeremiah McKinnon. Shaneil Jenkins recorded a quarterback sack, while Mark Nzeocha played also played well.

Miami is 0-5 against the spread in its past 5 games played on field turf. The Dolphins are 1-4 ATS over their past 5 games played on the road.

Dallas is 7-19-1 ATS over its past 27 games played on field turf. The Cowboys are 0-3-1 ATS over their past 4 games played overall.

The visiting team has covered the number in each of the past 4 games the two teams have played head to head.

Dallas has better backups than does Miami.

Prediction: The Cowboys first team, second team and third team are better than Miami, lean here towards the Cowboys.