The New England Patriots improved to 9-1 on the season after a hard-fought victory in Philadelphia this past Sunday. Yet another great opponent is on the horizon as the Pats host the Cowboys next. Offensively, things are still not clicking, as frustration is mounting every week. In his postgame press conference, Tom Brady echoed that frustration. It appears that he has had enough of talking about it and wants results. A bright spot last game was the play of the defense. After an embarrassing performance just a week ago, the defense got back on track; letting up only 10 points. Enough about the last game! Let’s get to know their next opponent, Dallas and what to expect come Sunday afternoon.
Dallas’ offense is similar to Cleveland’s, explosive and versatile. Not only do they have an elite running back in Elliot, but their QB is also pretty good too. Dak Prescott has already thrown for 3,221 Yards to shut up his doubters of the last few seasons. Prescott is still waiting on his contract extension and this could be the game he proves to his organization that he is elite. Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup have been Dak’s main targets as the Patriots defense will need to pay extra attention to them in the passing game. Randall Cobb was once a top wide receiver in the game but this season he’s been struggling with injuries. As of late, he’s been the go too guy for the Cowboys. Jason Witten came out of retirement this season and has made an impact in the blocking game, and as a dump off option. Witten doesn’t pancake anyone but what he does do is establish the edge for big runs downfield.
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Defensively, Dallas is struggling. This past Sunday, they allowed over 300 yards against the Lions that were starting a backup QB. New England’s offense could be in for a big day running the ball as the offensive line is starting to get back some of their pieces. Stopping the run is also a weakness for New England’s defense. Dallas’ defense features Jaylon Smith and Sean Lee in the linebacking corps. Upfront, DeMarcus Lawrence leads the defensive line group looking to cause problems in the backfield.
Be sure to watch the game on Sunday afternoon at 4:25!
–Robert Marcello is a Staff Writer for Full Press Coverage. He covers the New England Patriots. Follow him on Twitter @RobertMarcello5