Cowboys missing multiple starters for first practice of Patriots week
On Wednesday the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys held their first practices ahead of their Week 4 matchup on Sunday. Down in Frisco, the Cowboys were missing multiple starters on the field as they began their prep.
In total, five starters sat out Wednesday’s practice for Dallas. That includes four offensive players in wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (not injury related/rest), center Tyler Biadasz (hamstring), guard Zack Martin (ankle), and tackle Tyron Smith (knee). Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (not injury related/rest) also missed practice.
In addition to those five, the Cowboys only had one other player listed on the injury report. Offensive lineman Chuma Edoga (elbow) was limited on Wednesday.
As for the Patriots, their injury report remains mostly unchanged from last week. Five players were limited on Wednesday, with defensive tackle Davon Godchaux (ankle) being the only player on the report who wasn’t listed prior to Sunday’s win over the Jets. Offensive linemen Cole Strange (knee) and Sidy Sow (concussion), defensive lineman Christian Barmore (knee), and cornerback Jonathan Jones (ankle) all were limited as well.
Too close for comfort: 10 takeaways from the Patriots' win over the Jets
The New England Patriots’ first win of the 2023 season didn’t come easy – for the team or their fans.
On a dreary Sunday afternoon in New Jersey, the Patriots grinded their way to early 10-0 and 13-3 leads before having to hold on for dear life as the New York Jets tried to stage an improbable comeback. The Jets missed that comeback by their fingertips, as the Patriots went on to win 15-10, picking up their 15th consecutive win over their division rival.
Early on it looked like the Patriots were going to have the dominant performance many were looking to as a sign the team was back on track. On offense they scored on two of their first four drives – while getting into field goal position on a third – while defensively they held the Jets to -6 yards on their first four drives.
However, the momentum seemed to change approaching halftime. After a bungled end-of-half sequence saw the Patriots leave points on the board, the Jets came out in the second half and started moving the ball with some regularity. The emergence of a ground game opened things up for Zach Wilson, and the Jets ended up out-gaining the Patriots over the final 30 minutes, 130 yards to 117. That included a 13-play, 87-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter that might have been the best of Wilson’s career.
The Patriots responded to that touchdown drive with a safety, to go back up by more than a field goal. Still, the Jets found themselves in position for a late Hail Mary, with the batted ball slipping just out of the reach of wide receiver Randall Cobb in the end zone.
What can we learn, and what questions were raised from this very sudden nail-biter? Let’s go back to the end of the first half and get started.