GAME DATE: 9/16/07
TV: FOX, Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
SERIES: 12th meeting. Miami leads the series 7-4. Miami won the last meeting, 40-21, in 2003. The Cowboys won the last meeting in Miami, 29-10, in 1996.
SCOUT.COM PREDICTION: Dolphins, 24-20
KEYS TO THE GAME: After losing SS Yeremiah Bell for the season, the Dolphins signed former Jaguar Donovin Darius. He'll likely get thrown into the fire when Miami needs an eighth defender to help combat Cowboys RBs Julius Jones and Marion Barber. QB Tony Romo is coming off a career-high 345 passing yards and four touchdowns last Sunday, and if he's given time to throw he will find open receivers against Miami's mediocre secondary. ... Expect Dolphins coach Cam Cameron to open the playbook a bit this week and attempt to exploit the Cowboys' secondary. CB Terence Newman is likely to miss his second consecutive game, and SS Roy Williams is not strong in coverage. The problem is Miami's offensive line isn't much improved over last season and QB Trent Green won't have much time to look downfield against the Cowboys' aggressive blitz packages.
KEY INJURIES: Cowboys: Newman (torn plantar fascia) is practicing, but his status is uncertain; OLB Greg Ellis (Achilles) is practicing, but unlikely to play. Dolphins: RB Jesse Chatman's (bruised knee) status is uncertain; CB Andre Goodman (shoulder) isn't expected to play.
FAST FACTS: Dolphins DE Jason Taylor's five career fumble returns for touchdowns is tied with Jessie Tuggle for most in NFL history. ... Cameron (offense) and Cowboys coach Wade Phillips (defense) were both coordinators for San Diego last season.