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Cowboys vs Dolphins Preview

The highly anticipated Week 16 matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins is set to take place in Miami, and it has all the makings of a potential Super Bowl preview. Both teams enter the game with impressive 10-4 records, but their recent performances in Week 15 reflect contrasting outcomes. The Cowboys suffered a lopsided defeat at the hands of the Bills, while the Dolphins secured a dominant 30-0 victory over the Jets. With kickoff scheduled for 4:25 PM EST, fans can expect an electrifying battle between these two powerhouse teams.

Road Woes for the Cowboys As the Dallas Cowboys gear up to face the Dolphins in Miami, head coach Mike McCarthy is undoubtedly eyeing a significant road victory as the perfect holiday gift. Despite their flawless 7-0 home record, the Cowboys have struggled on the road, with a less impressive 3-4 record, including a disappointing 31-10 loss to the Bills in their previous away game. While the Cowboys had already secured a playoff spot before the game, their performance against the Bills did not reflect a team ready for the postseason. Quarterback Dak Prescott, who was previously considered an MVP favorite, faced a challenging outing, completing 21-of-34 passes for 134 yards and an interception.

The Cowboys' home and away performances have created a notable disparity in their overall statistics. At home, they have outscored opponents 279-108, while on the road, they have been outscored 156-152. Despite ranking second in the NFL in points per game, their offensive numbers have dipped in the last month, dropping to 7th in the league. Additionally, the Cowboys' defense, which has been solid throughout the season, experienced a decline in the last month, ranking 25th in points allowed per game. As they prepare to face the Dolphins, the Cowboys must address their road struggles and aim to deliver a statement victory.

Key Injuries for the Cowboys: TE S. McKeon (ankle) is out, while several players including OT M. Waletzko, DE V. Fehoko, DT J. Hankins, S M. Hooker, and OG Z. Martin are listed as questionable.

Miami's Playoff Aspirations Following their commanding 30-0 victory over the Jets in Week 14, the Miami Dolphins improved to 10-4 and remain in contention for the top seed in the AFC. The win was crucial for the Dolphins, especially considering the challenging slate of opponents they are set to face in the remaining games. With matchups against the Cowboys, Ravens, and Bills, the Dolphins are well aware that they will have to earn their playoff positioning. Despite the absence of star wide receiver Tyreek Hill due to an ankle injury, the Dolphins showcased their strength, with running back Raheem Mostert scoring two touchdowns and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa contributing 224 passing yards and a touchdown.

Throughout the season, the Dolphins have demonstrated a high-powered offense and a robust defense, maintaining their position as the top team in the NFL in points per game. However, their offensive rankings have slightly dipped in the last month, emphasizing the need for consistency as they approach the postseason. Defensively, the Dolphins have excelled, ranking second in the NFL over the last month in points allowed per game. With a strong rushing defense and opportunistic playmaking, the Dolphins are well-equipped for the challenges ahead.

Key Injuries for the Dolphins: Several players, including OL C.Williams, OT T.Armstead, RB D.Achane, S J.Holland, OL R.Hunt, WR T.Hill, CB X.Howard, S. D.Elliott, and DE E.Ogbah, are listed as questionable, while RB C.Brooks is probable.

As the Cowboys and Dolphins prepare

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