Thanksgiving Day is a day reserved for two things: food and football.
The games have not exactly been the most entertaining affairs the last few years, but this year is completely different and the matchup between the Miami Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys is no exception.
Do not be fooled by the disparity between the two teams in the win/loss column; this game is a cornucopia of story lines. (See what I did there? Cornucopia…because Thanksgiving.)
The Dolphins may be 3-7, but they are much better than their record.
Despite their record they have actually outscored their opponents by a margin of 7 points this season. They are also coming off of a 35-8 drubbing of the division rival Buffalo Bills last week. Couple this with the fact that their coach, Tony Sparano, will be very motivated to beat his former team in a year where his job may be on the line.
This is the first time that the two teams have met since Bill Parcells hired Sparano away from his former team.
This is also a very important game for the Cowboys, who are currently tied with the Giants for the division lead in the NFC East at 6-4 after a rocky start to the season. They need to win this game to help their chances to make the playoffs, especially since their schedule does not get any easier the rest of the season with two matchups against division the Giants and one against the Eagles.
The Cowboys have been on a roll on the offensive side of the ball with QB Tony Romo playing great football after a tough start to the year. The biggest surprise for the Cowboys’ offense is the production of their rookie running back, DeMarco Murray. Murray may have been the best value pick of the draft last year. The third round draft pick should break 1,000 yards before the season is up and is my choice for Rookie of the Year.
There are plenty of interesting story lines to watch in this game. It could be the best game on a day many are considering to the best slate of Thanksgiving Day games in years…maybe ever.
Many are expecting the Cowboys to win handily, but the Dolphins have been producing lately and have lost some close games. I look for this game to be a lot closer than many think and something tells me the Dolphins might pull it off even without a Leon Lett-esque miracle like their 1993 Thanksgiving Day game.
What do you think?
Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys Game Info
- Dolphins-Cowboys Date: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th
- Dolphins-Cowboys Kickoff Time: 4:15 PM EST
- Dolphins-Cowboys TV Network: CBS
- Dolphins-Cowboys Announcers: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
- Dolphins-Cowboys Point Spread: Cowboys -6.5
- Dolphins-Cowboys Over/Under: 44