In this July 25, 2019, file photo, Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores speaks during NFL football training camp in Davie, Fla. The Dolphins look like the worst team in the NFL, and might even be the worst team in Miami. On the other hand, a comparison with the Marlins is one matchup the Dolphins might win. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) greets Washington Redskins players on the field at the end of the NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Landover, Md. Dallas won 31-21. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) looks to pass, during the second half at an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) celebrates scoring in the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) ducks asNew England Patriots outside linebacker Elandon Roberts (52) and defensive tackle Danny Shelton (71) close in for a sack, during the second half at an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys are off to a hot start that has them looking like the playoff contenders they figured to be as long as Ezekiel Elliott's preseason-long holdout ended in time, which it did.
The Miami Dolphins are dealing with the latest ''elephant in the room'' - the rare dishonor of being 20-plus-point underdogs in an NFL game after one of the most dismal beginnings to a season in nearly 60 years.
Josh Rosen is replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback Sunday at the Cowboys (2-0) after Fitzpatrick compiled a 39.9 passer rating while the Dolphins (0-2) were outscored 102-10. No team since 1961 had a worse point differential after two games.
Rosen, traded by Arizona after the Cardinals drafted him 10th overall in 2018 before changing coaches and taking Kyler Murray No. 1 overall this year, played the fourth quarter of last week's 43-0 loss to New England.
The 36-year-old Fitzpatrick was asked about drops by receivers when he made the ''elephant in the room'' comment, while also mentioning the dismantling of the roster under first-year coach Brian Flores.
The latest move, earlier this week, was sending disgruntled defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick to Pittsburgh for a first-round pick. Left tackle Laremy Tunsil and receiver Kenny Stills were shipped to Houston at the end of the preseason.
''A lot of this stuff, it's got to be talked about and put out there, and then you move on,'' Ryan Fitzpatrick said. ''That's kind of the way that it's been handled.''
The Cowboys don't want to talk about whether they thought a 20-point spread in a pro game was even possible. ''That's for the bettors, I guess,'' receiver Randall Cobb said.
''The NFL is so tight, from the top to the bottom,'' center Travis Frederick said. ''The difference in that is a couple of bad bounces, maybe a couple of interceptions. There's a really minute difference. From the outside, it might look bigger than that. But on the inside, it's a tight game.''
Some story lines going into the 15th meeting in a series that's been a lot closer than this week's line (23 as of Wednesday) would indicate - each franchise has seven victories:
COOKING WITH GAS
The Cowboys haven't started a season with 400-plus yards and 30-plus points in each of their first two victories since 1978, back when going to the Super Bowl was a regular thing for them. This year, Dallas hopes to end a nearly 25-year stretch without advancing past the divisional round.
Prescott is trying to become just the third quarterback with at least three touchdown tosses and a passer rating of 120-plus in four straight games. His streak goes back to last year's regular-season finale. Russell Wilson had five straight for Seattle in 2015, the now-retired Andrew Luck four with Indianapolis last year.
The Dolphins have been outscored by 49 and 43 points in their first two games - the worst and third-worst regular-season defeats in franchise history. Don Shula coached Miami for 26 seasons and was never beaten so badly.
After the latest deal involving Minkah Fitzpatrick, the Dolphins have three first-round picks in 2020, but that won't help them against the Cowboys.
''They're rebuilding,'' said Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts, an analyst for CBS who covered the loss to the Patriots. ''It's hard. It's hard on the players, the coaches, the staff, the families, the fans. It's tough.''
Elliott is another step closer to full speed. The two-time rushing champion was right on his career average for touches (25) in the 31-21 victory at Washington. Thanks to a 27-yard carry on the last real play before a kneel-down, Elliott had his 20th career 100-yard game (111).
After spending almost the entire preseason working out in Mexico, Elliott has his most yards rushing through two games (164) in his fourth season. ''I did take care of business when I was gone, but that was expected,'' the 2016 All-Pro said.
The Dolphins claimed former Dallas defensive end Taco Charlton on Thursday, a day after the Cowboys waived their 2017 first-round pick. Although the move might be too late in the week for Charlton to be ready in time to play, the former Michigan player would love the chance to show something to the team he felt gave up on him too soon.
Charlton, gone after just 27 games and four sacks as the 28th overall pick, went into training camp with his roster spot in jeopardy but was solid in preseason games while other defensive linemen recovered from injuries. With those missing plays back, Charlton was a healthy scratch the first two weeks.
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Receiver Michael Gallup, who leads the Cowboys with 13 catches for 226 yards, is expected to miss up to a month after surgery for a left knee injury sustained against the Redskins. Safety Xavier Woods (ankle) and defensive tackle Antwaun Woods (knee) also got hurt in that game and are unlikely to play.
Sunday Morning Update: Week 3
Tennessee Titans TE Jonnu Smith saw a team-high eight targets in Week 3, finishing with five receptions for 61 yards in a 31-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Fantasy Spin: Smith failed to score for the first time this year, but he finished with a season high in catches and targets. Smith could be headed for a TE1 campaign, and he is at least worth streaming while A.J. Brown is sidelined.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr tossed two touchdowns in a Week 3 loss against the Patriots. Carr's fantasy value continues to rise with six touchdown passes and no interceptions on the year. There are a lot of elite fantasy quarterbacks, so Carr probably isn't a starter quite yet. He generally has the same type of performance every week, so that makes his ceiling a bit lower than other players. With that being said, he can be counted on for consistency and he typically won't put up a terrible performance. He will have another challenge against the Bills next week who have one of the top secondaries in the league. He should probably stay on the bench but is worth considering for a start depending on who the other option is.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz made four catches in Week 3, gaining 48 yards. He was targeted six times and was still pretty well-involved in the passing game. He took a clear step back from being the featured receiver in Week 2, but he maintained enough playing time and passing routes to remain a relevant fantasy tight end, especially in deeper leagues. He should settle into a fantasy role much like traditional Cowboys tight ends: solid, with a high floor, but not much of a ceiling.
Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein made both of his field goal attempts in Week 3 along with one of his two extra points. Zuerlein's field goals came from 43 and 42 yards out. He continues to be a solid fantasy kicker, and with the Cowboys offense clicking on most cylinders, he should continue to put up points for fantasy managers.
The Dallas Cowboys Defense struggled again in a Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Cowboys defense allowed 36 points, recording four sacks and one fumble recovery. Through three weeks, the Cowboys defense has allowed 95 points, recorded six sacks, and just one interception. They won't be a recommended fantasy option in Week 4 against the Cleveland Browns.
Green Bay Packers LB Christian Kirksey (shoulder) left the Week 3 game against the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter and he is questionable to return.
Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis caught five of his six targets for 69 yards in a 31-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3.
Fantasy Spin: Davis continues to have a steady role in the passing game, and he is currently on pace for 80 catches and more than 1,000 yards. With A.J. Brown reportedly recovering slowly, Davis could have flex potential for the foreseeable future.
Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs had an average performance against the Patriots, rushing for 71 yards and catching three passes for 12 yards. This is not the type of performance you would like from a star running back like Jacobs, but the Patriots are not an easy matchup. Jacobs has yet to rush for over 100 yards in the first three games of the season, and he will look to eclipse that mark for the first time next week against the Bills. The Bills have a solid defense but surrendered 167 yards on the ground in Week 3 against the Rams. The Raiders' offensive line is good at run blocking, so there is a good chance Jacobs sees more success in Week 4.
The Las Vegas Raiders defense struggled again, giving up 36 points to the Patriots. They managed to grab an interception and sack Cam Newton twice but gave up over 400 yards in total offense. They have a young secondary, and their only real pass-rusher is Maxx Crosby. Through the first three weeks, the Raiders have not shown any signs that warrant them being on any fantasy team, let alone in the starting lineup. They take on the Bills next week who are showing signs of an elite offense through three weeks. It is reasonable to expect that game to be a shootout, so the Raiders would be a horrible play in Week 4.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Ced Wilson came out of nowhere in Week 3 to score two long touchdowns in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson was targeted seven times, catching five for 107 yards and the two scores. Wilson's first score was on a 40-yard pass in the second quarter. He followed it up with a 42-yard score in the third quarter. There's a good chance this will be Wilson's best game of the season, as he's still no higher than fourth on the wide receiver depth chart. Still, it's hard to ignore his performance, so fantasy managers with a free bench spot can probably snag him off the waiver wire before Week 4.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper made nine catches in a Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He was targeted a team-leading 12 times, gaining 86 yards on his nine grabs. Cooper tied with Ezekiel Elliott for the team lead in targets and led the team in catches, but fell behind Michael Gallup and Ced Wilson in yards. Both of those guys scored touchdowns in this one as well, while Cooper is still looking for his first score of the season. The Cowboys have all kinds of options in the passing game, which may limit Cooper's upside this season. He may settle into the high-end WR2 range for most games, but he'll often have WR1 upside.
Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb caught five passes in a Week 3 loss, gaining 65 yards. He was targeted six times in this one, ending up fifth on the team in targets. Ced Wilson came out of nowhere and Michael Gallup along with Amari Cooper took on most of Dak Prescott's targets in this one. Lamb should continue to have solid games like this one, but his upside is somewhat limited by all of the other strong options in the Dallas passing game.
Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill completed 23 of his 37 pass attempts for 321 yards and an interception in a 31-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3.
Fantasy Spin: It was a season high in yards for Tannehill, but he failed to throw a touchdown pass after tossing a combined six in the first two games. The Tennessee offense will continue to revolve around Derrick Henry and the ground game, but Tannehill is able to keep defenses honest and is a solid QB2.
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry rushed 26 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns and caught two of his three targets for 11 yards in a 31-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3.
Fantasy Spin: Henry found the end zone for the first time this season, recording his second 100-yard game. The workhorse back has logged at least 25 carries and topped 80 rushing yards in all three games, and Henry's volume gives him one of the highest floors among fantasy backs.
Carolina Panthers LB Shaq Thompson finished with 13 total tackles and two passes defensed in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was held in check for once in Week 3. The Seattle Seahawks Defense did a good job keeping Elliott from doing much. He ended up running the ball 14 times, gaining just 34 yards but scoring on a one-yard plunge in the first quarter. He added six catches on 12 targets, gaining 24 yards through the air. "Zeke" tied for the team lead with the dozen passing targets, but couldn't do much with them. It was a down game from the elite RB1, but he should get back on top of things next week against the Cleveland Browns.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard touched the ball only once on offense in Week 3. Pollard did not record a rushing attempt, and he caught his only target, losing five yards on it. Pollard continues to play as a distant backup to three-down back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott saw 12 targets in the passing game in this one, a spot that Pollard may have been used in in the past. Pollard remains a backup with league-winning upside but is not a starting option in any format as long as Elliott is healthy.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup played very well in a Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Gallup caught six passes on nine targets, gaining 138 yards and scoring a touchdown. Gallup's touchdown was an impressive 43-yard catch at the end of the third quarter. Gallup was much more involved in this one, ending up third on the team in targets behind Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper. Gallup will have more big games like this one, but he'll be hard to predict on a game-to-game basis. He's a WR3 with upside next week against the Cleveland Browns.
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore registered two receptions for 65 yards on four targets in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Fantasy Spin: Moore saw his lowest catch total, and he was back to an average receiving total after hitting the century mark in Week 3. He'll search for his first visit to the end zone in Week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Carolina Panthers WR Robby Anderson registered five receptions for 55 yards on six targets in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Fantasy Spin: It was Anderson's first time failing to reach triple digits in yardage, and he hasn't visited the end zone since Week 1. Treat Anderson more as a WR4 or flex fantasy option in leagues of 12 or more teams heading into Week 4 against the Cardinals.