Last week the New England Patriots checked a very important box for their 2023 season, getting their first win of the year under their belt by beating the New York Jets 15-10 on the road. This week the team is away from Gillette Stadium again to check another box – getting back to .500.
For this week’s game the Patriots go from a field that was a nightmare to one of the more iconic venues in the NFL. With the famous blue and white star at midfield, the Patriots will take on the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium this Sunday.
This will be the Patriots’ first trip to Jerry’s World in almost 10 years. Their last trip came in 2015, when the Patriots blew out the Cowboys 30-6.
That game featured a handful of memorable plays, including a 10-yard Dion Lewis touchdown that saw him make half the Cowboys’ defense miss in the process. Still, the lasting memory from that game has become this famous photo of tom Brady leading the Patriots’ offense to the west end zone of the stadium.
Since then the Patriots and Cowboys have played twice – with both games at Gillette Stadium. In 2019 the Cowboys came to town in late November, and the Patriots squeaked out a 13-9 win. That was the Patriots’ sixth win in a row against Dallas head-to-head.
The two teams then met again in October of 2021 – Mac Jones’ rookie year. That game featured much more scoring. There were 27 points scored in the fourth quarter alone. Despite the Patriots having a lead late in the fourth, the Cowboys were able to kick a last-second field goal to force overtime, with Dallas than winning the game on a 35-yard catch-and-run touchdown from CeeDee Lamb.
Now, as the Patriots return to Dallas they face a Cowboys team with plenty of star power, but coming off a stunning loss to the previously-winless Arizona Cardinals last week. Expect the Cowboys to lean on their stars as they try to bounce back, including one player that got plenty of attention during press availability this week. We’ll start with him as we get into what to watch for in this game…