The NFL odds look to be in the Cowboys’ favor for their preseason finale against Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins, but stranger things have happened, especially in exhibition play.
Dallas is coming off a 20-19 win last week over the St. Louis Rams, though the score looked much closer than it really was. The Cowboys were actually up 17-3 after the first quarter and 20-6 at halftime, meaning it was a good day at the office for the starters.
Tony Romo looked especially strong, hitting 9-of-13 passes and finishing with 198 yards and two touchdown throws, both of which went to Dwayne Harris.
Out of the backfield, DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones had 61 yards on 11 combined carries.
It was a good defensive showing for Dallas as well as they held starting quarterback Sam Bradford to 6-of-17 passing for 64 yards and also limited Isaiah Pead to 22 yards on nine rushes.
With a regular season date with the New York Giants looming, the Cowboys would do well to close out the preseason with a dominant display. They may very well do just that against the struggling Dolphins.
Dallas has added some pieces to their secondary, their biggest area of concern last season, and improvements can already be seen. The Cowboys should be able to keep both Tannehill and backup Matt Moore in check, particularly since both quarterbacks have been struggling.
On the other side of the ball, the Dolphins have looked vulnerable defending the pass, and that’s no good when you’ve got two experienced quarterbacks in Romo and Kyle Orton coming at you. Orton’s one of the better backups in the NFL.
Taking Dallas’ recent success and Miami’s hard times so far in preseason in to consideration, you have to think the Cowboys are the way to go with your football picks.
Jason Witten’s lacerated spleen is healing, but apparently, he still does not know when he will be cleared to play a game. Witten had a scan of his injured spleen Tuesday and learned that he can get some on-field work, with no contact, in the next few days, according to Stephen Jones. Witten still hasn’t been ruled out of the Giants’ game, but it seems more likely that the Pro Bowl tight end will return for the Sept. 16 game at Seattle given that he has another doctor’s appointment next week.
The Cowboys’ meaningless preseason finale Wednesday against Miami is anything but that for quarterback Stephen McGee. McGee’s future with the Cowboys — and perhaps his future as an NFL player — could come down to how he performs against the Dolphins with none of the Cowboys’ starters on the field. McGee has been the Cowboys’ third-string quarterback since they selected him out of Texas A&M in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. But his roster spot isn’t guaranteed with the final cut looming Friday. The Cowboys have to decide whether they want to keep three quarterbacks on the final 53-man roster or go with two to help bolster another position, such as keeping an extra running back, receiver or defensive lineman.