Miami Dolphins (@7.0) vs Dallas Cowboys (@1.1)

Our Prediction:

Dallas Cowboys will win

Miami Dolphins – Dallas Cowboys Match Prediction | 22-09-2019 13:00

However, he would quickly turn heads with his elite level of play in only his first year on the field. He was so good that he earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors and was one of the leaders of the Cowboys top 7 ranked defense. When the Dallas Cowboys drafted Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft it wasn't received with open arms from the fan base. With expectations through the roof in 2019, Vander Esch is off to another fast start.

The Cowboys defense put forth a stellar effort in the teams Week 10 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rod Marinellis group held Tampa Bay to only 10 points and 330 total yards, but the Dallas offense was unable to match the defenses quality, managing only two Dan Bailey field goals, along with a missed field goal from the normally reliable Cowboys kicker.

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When you combine him with the rising star Will Hernandez, the Giants finally are building some protection for whomever they end up throwing behind center. The offensive line is taking steps forward and landing Kevin Zeitler in the OBJ trade shouldnt be discounted. The Giants lost a lot of talent this offseason, which is not what fans of a 5-11 team want to hear.

Of his 140 tackles last season 102 were solo. Just like last season, Vander Esch displayed the speed, power, and aggression that made him a household name against the New York Giants last Sunday. That's what's probably the most impressive thing to me about him is his ability to bring down ball carriers/pass catchers on his own. This puts him on pace for 160 tackles for the season which would shatter what he did as a rookie. He racked up 10 tackles (9 solo), 1 pass defended and a forced fumble.

The team struggled running the ball (30th in the league in yards rushing) and Dalvin Cooks inability to stay healthy hurts, but the team added some fresh young legs in the draft with Boise States Alexander Mattison. Mike Zimmers defense played well, but the offense struggled despite having one of the best wide receiver tandems in the league in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. The Vikings are strapped for cap space as they have a lot of money spread out to several different players, including paying a premium price for quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Total projected wins for the 2019 season: 10.6 wins

This was a crucial fourth-down stop considering if the Giants scored a touchdown it would've made the score 28-17 with more than a quarter to play, and as we know in the game of football, momentum is a powerful weapon. Vander Esch does a great job of changing direction and pursuing Eli Manning as he picked up a half-sack along with DeMarcus Lawrence. The best play he made versus the Giants is in the clip above.

The wild card factor for Haskins lowers the confidence level a tad, but the Cowboys still have a reasonable shot at sweeping them this year. Something tells me that wont be the case this season. The Redskins have a sneaky way of giving the Cowboys trouble, even when theyre outmatched. Win confidence: 80% (x 2 games) = 1.6 wins. Washington is the Cowboys Week 17 opponent this year and over the last three seasons, this has been a meaningless game for them.

Unfortunate for the Dolphins,Washington will use Adrian Peterson as the bell cow he isto control the clock and allow the defense highlighted by Josh Norman, Jonathan Allen, and newly acquired Landon Collins, to take control. This is a winnable game for the Dolphins as the Redskins have uncertainty at quarterback with turnover prone Case Keenum androokie Dwayne Haskins.

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And when you take into account that wide receiver Cooper Kupp is coming back, the Rams should be locked and loaded for another big run. The Rams defense has taken a hit in recent years after losing edge rusher Robert Quinn last year and then safety Lamarcus Joyner this offseason. Head coach Sean McVay has done a good job finding replacements as 2015 no. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler and six-time Pro Bowler Eric Weddle are on the team.