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Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys NFL Week 3 Predictions, Preview & NFL Betting Tips

We have Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys NFL Week 3 Predictions, Preview & NFL Betting Tips for the game in Dallas.

The Dallas Cowboys are next in line to face the glorified college team that is the Miami Dolphins. The game is on tap for 1:00 EST on Sunday, September 22 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The current betting line has the Cowboys favored by 21.5 points, which is even higher than last week’s line between the Patriots and Dolphins. The over/under for the game is set at 46.5 points.

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Miami Dolphins Form

To equate the Dolphins with a dumpster fire seems like a fair metaphor to make at the moment. They’ve lost their first two games of the season by a combined score of 102-10.

Miami traded away several key players right before the season, and the teardown continued this week with safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, who’s only in his second pro season, was traded to the Steelers for a first-round pick.

Trading Fitzpatrick is another sign that the Dolphins aren’t trying in 2019 and that things could get worse before they get better.

With just 10 points in two games, the Miami offense is going nowhere. Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched last week after throwing three interceptions against the Patriots.

However, Josh Rosen didn’t accomplish much in his time on the field, so Fitzpatrick will retain the starting job, at least for now.

Of course, it may not matter who plays quarterback right now. Fitzpatrick and Rosen were sacked a combined seven times last week against the Patriots while the running game accumulated just 42 yards on 15 carries.

In total, the Dolphins had just 184 yards and 11 first downs last week.

Defensively, the Dolphins are almost as big of a mess as they are on offense. It matters, the Miami defense only allowed 13 points in the first half last week.

Also, two of New England touchdowns in the second half came on pick-sixes. In that sense, the Miami defense only allowed 29 points, although it would have been 31 if not for two missed PATs.

Of course, with Fitzpatrick being traded, the Dolphins have one fewer playmaker on their defense than they had during the first two weeks of the season.

Dallas Cowboys Form

Dallas, meanwhile, is sitting pretty at 2-0 and poised to make it to 3-0 heading into next week’s Sunday night showdown in New Orleans.

The Cowboys have beaten both the Giants and Redskins, taking care of two of their NFC East rivals. Of course, little was expected of those two teams before the season, so it’s fair to say that Dallas hasn’t received a true test this year.

It’s also fair to say that they won’t receive one on Sunday against the Dolphins.

To their credit, the Cowboys have looked awfully impressive against the teams they’ve faced. After a ho-hum Week 1 performance, Ezekiel Elliott cranked it into another gear in Week 2, carrying the ball 23 times for 11 yards and a touchdown.

Dak Prescott continued to look uber-comfortable in the pocket, completing 26 of his 30 passes despite throwing an interception.

The Cowboys also have a deep stable of receiving targets for Prescott with Devin Smith joining the party with three catches for 74 yards, including a touchdown.

On the other hand, the Dallas defense has given up plenty of points this year. Some of those points have come in garbage time, but they did allow Washington to put together three touchdown drives of 10 points or more.

Dallas also has just two sacks on the season, which is low, especially for a team that’s been playing with the lead and should be gearing up to get after the quarterback.

On the bright side, Robert Quinn is set to return after missing the first two games of the season due to a suspension.

Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys head-to-head

When people think of the Dolphins and Cowboys, they always think of that infamous Thanksgiving Day game in the snow when Leon Lett foolishly touched the ball after a missed field by the Dolphins in the closing seconds.

Since that game, the Cowboys have won five of their six head-to-head meetings with the Dolphins.

The most recent game between the two teams was a 24-14 Dallas win in 2015.

Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys NFL Week 3 Predictions

It’s not a case of if but rather by how much for Dallas this week. Covering 21.5 points is no small task in the NFL, even against the Dolphins.

However, the Dolphins can’t seem to get out of their own way. With the Cowboys averaging 33 points per game and the Dolphins lucky to have 10 total points on the season, Prescott and company should be able to score enough to cover, assuming the Miami offense continues to flounder.

There should be no problem picking the Cowboys to cover.

Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys NFL Week 3 Predictions: Cowboys -21.5 (-101) @ BetOnline

Bryan Zarpentine
Bryan Zarpentine
Bryan Zarpentine is a freelance writer and editor who has a ridiculous amount of sports-related content published all over the Internet, ranging from football to baseball to soccer, and beyond. He is a 2008 graduate of Syracuse University and makes his home in Upstate New York.

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