From a competitive standpoint there wasn’t much worth seeing Thursday night in the Dolphins’ 17-3 rainy victory over the Cowboys. Dallas dominated the ball, chewing up 389 yards to Miami’s 278. They held possession for over 36 minutes and piled up 21 first downs. They failed to stay with the Dolphins on the scoreboard, though, because of a Stephen McGee interception in the end zone and three missed field goals.
The misses – 51 and 36 yards from Dave Raynor and 48 from David Buehler – did add further concern to what appeared to be an unsettled kicking situation until Jerry Jones said that he knows who his team will keep and suggested that it will be two guys.
I would like to have seen them made it, but I know this: I want that ball to go into the end zone [on kickoffs]. Seriously, I want it to go there every time on kickoffs. So we want that to happen.
The other big negative on the night was a serious leg injury for rookie receiver Raymond Radway on the game’s next-to-last play. Radway had to have his leg put in an air cast before he was carted off of the field with 00.03 remaining. Radway had caught three balls for 62 yards and appeared to be closing in on a roster spot.
DeMarco Murray and Phillip Tanner provided bright spots for the Cowboys, combining for 124 yards – 64 of those on Murray receptions. The bright finish could further put Tashard Choice’s roster spot in danger.
The Cowboys will make 27 roster moves over the weekend, cutting from 80 to 53 players. One week later, they’ll open their season against Rex Ryan and his Jets in New Jersey.