• Clearly, the best player on the field Thursday night was cornerback Will Allen. There was a school of thought that his roster spot might be in jeopardy, but he sure looked against Dallas like a guy who can make a lot of plays. Sure, he wasn't going against the Cowboys' starting offensive players, but Allen came up to make a sure tackle after a reception, he tipped a pass in the end zone to help create an interception and then he teamed with safety Reshad Jones to drop wide receiver Kevin Ogletree for a 2-yard loss on reverse.
• It probably was too little too late in terms of getting him a roster spot, but rookie linebacker Quinton Spears showed some pass-rushing ability. He forced an incompletion when he hit quarterback Stephen McGee on a play that initially was ruled a fumble, then came back not long after that to get a sack.
• Unlike Spears, Clyde Gates is almost a lock to make the roster, and he once again got behind a defender — for the fourth straight preseason game. The only difference is that this time Matt Moore was able to connect with him for a 42-yard gain. And, truth be told, had the pass not been a bit underthrown, Gates would have scored.
• Marlon Moore clearly is on the bubble at the wide receiver, but he capped a very strong preseason with yet another nice catch over the middle. His performance might be enough to convince Coach Tony Sparano to keep six wide receivers.
• Larry Johnson didn't get much yardage outside of his 22-yard touchdown, but he ran hard every time he touched the ball and looked like somebody who could help this team during the season.
• Speaking of Matt Moore, he had another solid performance, this time putting together a 149.1 passer rating. He'll be a solid backup to Chad Henne. His touchdown pass to tight end Jeron Mastrud down the middle was a thing of beauty.
• Defensive lineman Ryan Baker isn't flashy in the least, but he's a really serviceable guy and he made a couple of plays against Dallas, including a second-half sack.
• This isn't about a specific player, but you have to feel bad for the fans who paid money to watch this game considering a total of 52 players (31 on the Cowboys, 21 on the Dolphins) were held out.