As evidenced by the title of this article, due to the Cowboys’ early game this week, I will be writing a preview of the upcoming Dolphins game, as opposed to my usual ‘Final Word’ feature. There will probably be plenty of previews of this game (especially today), so I’ll just give you readers a few quick bullet points for our annual Thanksgiving game.
-Like I said in my prediction, hopefully that Redskins’ game served as a wake-up call to this team. There are no easy games in the NFL. There was a time, not too long ago, where the Dolphins were headed into a tailspin. Now, their winning streak is as long as ours and they are playing pretty good football in their own right. The Cowboys need to focus in front of their home crowd and deliver to keep the pressure on the Giants. By the way, the last time Miami played Dallas on Thanksgiving, on 11/27/03, the Dolphins dominated us in the air en route to a 40-21 victory.
-In their last three games, the Dolphins have only given up 20 points. Against the Redskins, the Cowboys struggled mightily to attain 27 points. Garrett and Romo need to figure out how to get this offense back on the right track. Fiammetta is still not practicing and that is a little worrisome. Miami has a pretty decent running defense, but a worse passing defense. That being said, our WRs did look awful throughout most (admit it!) of the Washington game. And I don’t see Miles being back, either.
-The Cowboys did a pretty good job stopping the run against Washington, even against the familiar Tashard Choice. Miami has an even better running back in Reggie Bush, who is finally starting to show signs of the talent he was back in New Orleans. The Cowboys have to know where he is at all times, given his abilities to run and catch the ball.
-Um, was anyone else terrified by the fact that Rob Ryan continued to rush three guys throughout the game and still the defense couldn’t cover the receivers? Can someone please tell me what that was all about?
-What happened with the special teams?! McBriar’s shank punt was so out-of-character that I had to double-check and see if it was really him kicking. Brandon Banks (who?) basically made mincemeat out of our coverage units. Joe DeCamillis better take his guys into the film room and figure out what went wrong. Now. Oh yeah, and Dan Bailey was great, again.
Don’t get me wrong fans. Do I think the Cowboys will win tomorrow? I certainly do. Do they need to play better on almost all sides of the ball? Oh, you betcha. But I know our ‘Boys will show up on Thanksgiving in front of their home crowd and pick up a big win to put more pressure on the NFC East race! Let’s Go Cowboys!