The Patriots will play the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at 4:25 EST on CBS.
The Pats will try to keep their undefeated season going while the Cowboys, reeling from back-to-back losses try to get back in the win column.
It’s simple what Dallas will try to do, basically what the Texas Longhorns did to the Sooners on Saturday — run the ball so effectively they don’t have to throw. Dallas’ strength will go against the Patriots weakness, so we will find how just how “weak” that weakness really is for the Pats. If and when the Cowboys throw it, they will try to get the ball into Jason Witten’s hands 95% of the time.
The Patriots defense will have to stop the run and they will make that their number one goal for the game because they want the game in Brandon Weeden’s hands. Akiem Branch will try to eat up a lot of blocks with his big body so Hightower, Mayo, and Collins can stuff the run along with the defensive line. Malcolm Brown, and Sealver Siliga need to step up as well during the game. All hands on the deck for the Pats when stopping the run. They will sell out to stop the run. If they can force Dallas to throw, they will blitz like crazy because Weeden under pressure and his number one read covered, will make mistakes.
The Cowboys defense will try to pressure Tom Brady, especially with Greg Hardy back in the action. They will try to defend Rob Gronkowski with Sean Lee and hope Rolando McClain can add some help to the defense. They have a good run-stuffing defense so they’ll be expecting a pass-heavy Pats team.
The Patriots offense will be in attack mode and throw mode when facing the Dallas defense. They will use quick passes to Edelman and Dion Lewis to counter an aggressive Cowboys defense. Dion Lewis may have a big game because the Cowboys struggle to cover the running backs. Gronk against Lee will be interesting, but you can count on Brady getting him the ball. That’s their entire game plan, Edelman, Lewis, and Gronk.