Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2011

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 20:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys throws a pass against the Washington Redskins durng the second half at FedExField on November 20, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins' visit to the Dallas Cowboys wasn't expected to be good TV a few weeks ago.

After three straight wins for both teams, things have changed dramatically. 

The Dolphins have outscored opponents 86-20 in their three wins and have covered four straight spreads.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, hold a share (and advantage) of the NFC East lead with the New York Giants.

Both the Dolphins and Cowboys and surging right now and, despite their lopsided records, will give us a game worth watching.

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Where: Cowboys Stadium; Arlington, Texas

When: Thursday, Nov. 24 at 4:15 p.m. EST

Watch: CBS

Spread: Cowboys -7

Four straight covers for the Dolphins and an up-and-down Cowboys team that has only covered one spread in their three-game win streak makes for a difficult decision.

It is no secret the Dolphins are better on the road, but Tony Romo is a ridiculous 18-2 in starts in the month of November.

That is a tough trend to buck, but seven points is a lot of points.

Neither is a great play, but when you're unsure it is better to take the points.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 20:  Running back Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates scoring a touchdown with teammates against the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium on November 20, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty I
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Over/Under: 44

The Dolphins have only hit the over once this season and that was in Week 1. 

The Cowboys, who have gone over in each of their last two games, have hit or gone over 44 points in four of their last five.

No coincidence that 44 is the number. We'll go over because crazy things happen on Turkey Day, but don't get crazy with the play.

Key Injuries

Dolphins

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:   Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys misses a pass against Carlos Rogers #22 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 18, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Dan Carpenter, K - Questionable

Cowboys

Miles Austin, WR - Doubtful

Mike Jenkins, CB - Doubtful

Tony Fiametta, FB - Questionable

Fantasy Big Plays

Start 'EmTony Romo, QB, Cowboys

The Dolphins defense has done a much better job against the run than they have the pass. Fortunately for fantasy owners, Romo is also playing well right now.

The Cowboys should have success through the air even if they cannot make much room on the ground.

Wouldn't be shocking to see Romo throw multiple touchdowns early in this game.

Start 'EmReggie Bush, RB, Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 13:   Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins jogs off the field after a game against the Washington Redskins at Sun Life Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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He's scored a touchdown in each of the last three games and has 11 catches in those three games as well. The Cowboys have been good, not great against the run of late.

Keys to Dolphins Win

Keep Cowboys offense off the field. Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant are big plays waiting to happen. The best chance Miami has at winning this game is controlling the football, making the most of their opportunities and limiting big plays.

They should have opportunities to score points of their own against the Cowboys' secondary, but establishing a running game will be crucial to their success.

Keys to Cowboys Win

Limiting mistakes. This doesn't just include turnovers, this includes everything. Tony Romo, ball carriers, defensive schemes.

The Cowboys have more than enough talent to beat the Dolphins, but they need to make sure they don't beat themselves first.

They have a huge opportunity to take another step up in the division as the Giants take on the Saints in New Orleans on Monday night.

Prediction: Cowboys 27, Dolphins 20