NFLX Week 2 Upset Alert - Reasons Why Dolphins Will Dazzle Cowboys

Miami Dolphins

Doug Upstone

Thursday, August 18, 2016 4:55 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 4:55 PM UTC

Miami and Dallas will face each other for the second time in the NFL preseason in the past three years. Who might have the edge with both teams still thinking they have much to prove?

Miami Dolphins vs Dallas Cowboys
Miami cashed in on four New York Giants turnovers for easy 27-10 triumph and plays its second straight away game. The Cowboys looked to be on an untroubled victory in Los Angeles in holding a 24-7 halftime lead but were thoroughly outplayed when the back end of the roster of the two teams when at it in the finals quarters and was outscored 21-0 and lost 28-24 as six-point underdogs.

Let's go over the latest news on both teams and see if I can improve on 79-54 ATS (59.3%) record in the NFL preseason since 2003 with monitored NFL picks.


Dolphins Download 
Though he did not play long, quarterback Ryan Tannehill was still knocked around by Giants, which is not good news for the most sacked QB in the NFL since 2012 (184). The offensive line is not entirely to blame as Tannehill holds on to the ball too long, which places added pressure on an offensive line that is better at run blocking than keeping the enemy from its passer.

Miami did a poor job defensively on opening drive in permitting opening drive touchdown to New York, but settled in and was more aggressive to the pigskin thereafter and will seek to do the same against Dallas offense.

New head coach Adam Gase will be after fewer missed assignments on both sides of the line of scrimmage and offense to find more rhythm.


Cowboys Content 
The talk around the Dallas camp was the play of rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, who was 10 for 12 for 139 yards and tossed two touchdowns. This has led to speculation the Cowboys might only carry two signal callers into the regular season unless the right backup falls in their lap.

Still, no word if Tony Romo will play or not, but according to those on the ground reports on Monday, Romo had his best practice thus far and is rounding nicely into form.

Last year the Dallas run defense was below average and last week, granted, with mostly backups, permitted 5.5 yards a carry. Though the Cowboys defensive coaches have said they are pleased with the progress of the defensive line, that does not really say anything. With Miami's offensive line rather pedestrian, a good time to gauge two similar groups.


Odds and What to Look For
The NFL odds have seen Dallas shrink from -4 to -3, with a total of 41. Much of this derived from the Cowboys non-caring reputation about the preseason, in which they have only covered 40 of last 100 games, which included 0-6 ATS lately in Week 2.

For whatever reason, Miami is 9-1 ATS this week of the exhibition campaign and we have talked about rookie head coaches wanting to establish winning demeanor even this time of year. Clearly, attitude plays a key role in these clubs records after one contest and you should know that road underdogs or those listed as a Pick, are 24-6 ATS after allowing 14 points or less in last game, against opponent after leading in their previous game by 14 or more points at the half.


Free NFL Picks: Dolphins +3 +105
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