The Dallas Cowboys, last week, took a game that they should have won and turned it into a loss within the blink of an eye.
Last week, the Dallas Cowboys not only lost, but were outplayed for a big portion of the game as well. But what was the reason? As an outsider looking in, the biggest reason seemed to be defensive pressure — Or lack of defensive pressure. For much of the second half, I, myself, thought the Cowboys could have sealed a win. But, then I noticed that New Orleans would just keep coming back.
In order to beat the New England Patriots, Dallas needs to bring pressure. Tom Brady is arguably the best quarterback in the game right now, and the Patriots are averaging in the range of 359 passing yards a game.
Dallas needs all the pressure they can bring against Tom Brady this week. Tom Brady has a tight end who is equally dangerous as Jason Witten. Tom Brady also has a dangerous receiver in Julian Edelman. If these players are not properly covered, or there is no pass rush from Dallas, this could be a long game.
New England brings an undefeated record, and a healthy offense while Dallas brings a reasonably healthy defense, they are still missing the services of Dez Bryant, Tony Romo and most recently, Brice Butler, and a 2-2 record.
While it seems as though the defense for the Cowboys can only take the team so far, will the offense be able to give them a break? On the other end, will the defense be able to stop the Brady-Gronkowski-Edelman triple threat?
The Patriots average 39 points a game, The Cowboys average around 23. Both sides of the Cowboys team must be on their toes if they want to win. Is it possible for Dallas to beat New England Sunday? Yes. Is it likely Dallas will beat New England playing like they did last week? No.
As mentioned previously, both of these teams seem at different ends of the spectrum. Given the differences in statistics and coaching styles, I have the Patriots winning by a field goal.