Last week, the New England Patriots picked up their first win of the year while the Dallas Cowboys – a projected Super Bowl contender – suffered a surprise multi-score defeat at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals. With the two teams facing off in Week 4 some wondered, would both sides continue their turning point?
No. No, they didn’t.
Instead, the Cowboys reminded everybody why they are expected to be one of the top teams in the NFL this year, while the Patriots were dealt a crashing reality check. After leading 28-3 at the half – the biggest lead against a Bill Belichick-coached team in his 29 seasons have a head coach, the Cowboys went on to win 38-3
. The 35-point losing margin is the biggest of Belichick’s 29-year career as a head coach.
It was especially ugly on the offensive side of the ball. The Patriots managed just 253 yards and 4.6 yards per play, while turning the ball over 3 times. They struggled to stay on the field, going 4-13 (31 percent) on third downs.
So, how did a week that started with so much promise go so wrong? Let’s go through it in this week’s takeaways…