For the second time in three weeks, the Patriots will host one of the NFL’s elite offenses when the Dallas Cowboys come to town on Sunday. Luckily for the Patriots, some of what they used in Week 4 against Tampa should be applicable again in this game.
Like the Bucs, the Cowboys offensive attack centers around their MVP-caliber quarterback in Dak Prescott. Prescott is surrounded by one of the best collections of skill players in the league, with Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard, and Dalton Schultz making up the core of the group. As has been the case over the last few years, Dallas has one of the best offensive lines in the league.
When the Cowboys’ defense is on the field big plays are bound to happen – one way or the other. They have 10 interceptions through five games – with a league-high six belonging to second-year cornerback Trevon Diggs. However, when they don’t pick the ball off they’ve struggled. Opponents have thrown for 311 yards per game on Dallas this season. That ranks 31st in the NFL ahead of only the Bucs.
The Patriots kept things close with the Bucs in Week 4, and there’s no reason to think they can’t do the same against a similarly-built Dallas team. To do so, they’ll need to win in some crucial spots on the field. Here’s a closer look in this week’s Key Matchups…