The power of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and an inconsistent Miami Dolphins team. Those two factors have the Miami Dolphins opening this week as just a one-point favorite against a team in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. The line, however, does not appear to be staying with Miami as the favorite, instead moving toward an even matchup between the two teams.
The Dolphins, who return home this week after three straight road games, have been up-and-down all season. After beating the Washington Redskins in Week 1 of the season, the team lost three straight games before firing their head coach heading into a Week 5 bye week. With Joe Philbin out, the Dolphins promoted tight ends coach Dan Campbell to the interim head coach role, a move which paid immediate dividends as Miami won two-straight games after the bye, both in blowout fashion. Then Miami was blown out in two straight AFC East divisional meetings, before fighting back last week against the Philadelphia Eagles for the 20-19 win.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, are in the middle of a seven-game losing streak, all games in which Romo was sidelined due to a broken collarbone. Without Romo, the Cowboys have struggled, never seeming to find an offensive rhythm and leading to frustration among the players. This week, Romo should be back and there is hope among Cowboys fans and the franchise that they will quickly turn around the season.
According to OddsShark.com's predictions, this game will be a 26-25 win for the Dolphins. They also point out that Miami is 4-10 against the spread in their last 14 games, while the Cowboys are 1-6 in their last 7 games.