Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins: Dolphins Preseason Week 3 Game Preview

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Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins: Dolphins Preseason Week 3 Game Preview
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The Miami Dolphins are 1-1 this preseason, an uneven stretch where they continue to show progress in some aspects while showing regression in others. 

Miami's receivers are showing themselves to be a deep unit where painful cuts will be made. As many as seven different Dolphins receivers deserve to be on the final 53-man roster, yet Miami will have to make some tough decisions. 

On defense, the Dolphins continue to have major problems at linebacker, where Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler continue to fail to play up to their big contracts. Rookies Jordan Tripp and Chris McCain have shown themselves to be good for the future but are not ready now. 

Miami's pass protection has shown itself to be good, but its run blocking is positively woeful. The team's running backs seem to either not see any holes to run through or actually don't have any holes to hit. 

In Dallas, where the Cowboys are 0-2 this preseason, the picture looks worse. Dallas' defense looks like it will be one of the bottom-five units in the league, while its offense still seems to rely entirely on quarterback Tony Romo, tight end Jason Witten and wideout Dez Bryant. Dallas' offensive line looks slightly better than last season, but not by much. 

The two teams meet in Miami on Saturday in the hopes of fixing their issues in what's essentially the unofficial tuneup to the regular season. Expect the first units of both teams to get plenty of time on the field. 

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