By Alex Al-Kazzaz
The loss against Buffalo has taken a massive toll on Dallas. Dallas was so embarrassed that many critics who insisted that Dallas was Super Bowl caliber now have second thoughts. With a 3-4 record on the road, Dallas has not been the same as they are at home. Dallas is in Miami this week, and they have another massive test against Tua Tagovailoa and Company.
Miami is 10-4, but all their wins are against bad teams. A few weeks ago, the same was said about Dallas. Dallas' losing record squares off against Miami's 6-1 home record. Both teams are on top of their respective divisions, but in Dallas' case, with Philadelphia losing to Seattle on Monday, Dallas needs to win to keep their hopes of winning the NFC East alive. With Buffalo on a two-game winning streak, Miami needs the win. Both Dallas and Miami have a lot at stake this week.
Dealing with Buffalo's running game last week was rough for Dallas, but this week, they're facing the league's leading passer and the league's top offense. In addition, receiver Tyreek Hill leads the league in receiving yards. It will be quite a field day for the Dallas defense and the offense, considering that Miami has a respectable defense.
Tua has only been sacked 25 times this season, so it'll be tough to get through Miami's offensive line. While Dallas doesn't have to worry about Tua scrambling, his throwing arm will do the damage, so they'll need to find a way to get to Tua and prevent the Dolphins' offense from inflicting any damage. Forcing turnovers is vital, as well. Defending and keeping Hill in check has to be on top of the list.
Prescott and the passing game need to find their mojo this time. Another offensive shutdown would be a massive momentum kill going into the final two games. The offense must come alive from the offensive line to the passing to the running game. Scoring touchdowns and continuing to do so is the offense's top priority. If Prescott has another bad game, his chances of winning MVP will surely be dead and buried.