If not for mistakes and wrong penalties in their first game of the season at Tampa Bay, the Dallas Cowboys will start the year on Sunday with a stunning 5-0 record at the Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots, meanwhile, are so lucky that the Texans’ coaching staff decided to work hard enough to prove to everyone how dumb they really are. New England’s two wins this season are against teams that are 2-8 combined this year, and the Patriots have been neutrally unscrupulous under the tutelage of Bill Belchick.
All signs point to the Cowboy Route.
But it’s also a make-or-break moment for patriots. One loss a year takes the team to 2-4, and we prefer to talk about draft picks rather than New England playoff chances.
You have to go back to 1993 when the Patriots last started 0-4 in Foxboro. Probably not coincidentally, the team is still finding its way behind the miserable quarterback Drew Bladeso.
It also went 5-11 this season.
The problem is that we can see a similar season behind Mc Jones. This is where Sunday is a big day for patriots. Defeat, and 5-11 is probably your luck. Take things in stride and try not focus too much on the problem.
Will the pockets of potential emerging here and there open a more permanent window on Sunday? Will the Patriots’ defense prove its statistical place in the top five? Or will we get the performance that makes Davis Mills look like Warren Moon? How will they limit Doc Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Sadie Lamb, etc.?
How they plan to answer these questions will help determine the direction of the team for the rest of the year. Who are the only patriots?
On Sunday, we get a final idea.
This week’s predictions.
Dallas Morning News. Staff: The four cowboys choose.
Boston Globe. StaffFour out of six picks Dallas (-3.5).
Emmanuel Morgan, New York Times: Shepherd (-4). “Dallas (4-1) continues to win three games, Doc Prescott’s 13 touchdowns are third in the league, and the Cowboys’ defense seems justified. Lack of consistency: New England needed a fourth-quarter rally to beat the Texans last week, and injuries along the Patriots’ offensive line (Trent Brown moved to the injured reserve list this week) mean Mc Jones. Will have to think fast against the pressure – not a good scene against a team that starts Trevon Daggs in his secondary. Dallas would like to go high in his farewell weekend.
Jim Dairy, NOLA.com.: Cowboy Straight Up, Pets to Door (+4). “The spread was New England-3 until the end of September 1. And what has changed in the six weeks? The best thing after that is, give me some time.
Pete Presco, CBS Sports: Cowboys 33, Patriots 23. The Dallas defense has made great strides, but it will be about crime. Davis Mills split the New England defense last week, and now. Post Prescott. Will do the same. Dallas is a good team, and it shows.
Will Branson, CBS Sports: Patriots 24, Cowboys 21. Dallas looks great. Doc Prescott is as comfortable as he has been in his career. He looks like he’s in full command, and Calvin Moore is on the same page. The Patriots aren’t that hot, as they only managed to shout for the second win of the year through the Texans, both of whom came against the rookie quarterback. But it’s still bullshit, and the Cowboys are moving to a place where they haven’t made much progress in years. It’s a gem of a game on CBS, it’s Nantes and Romo without being seen. Dallas is at the top of the defense in five weeks of the season without Marin Lawrence. Everything here is screaming at the shepherds. Which, of course, made the video an overnight sensation. Complete intestinal game. “
Michael Hurley, CBS Boston.: Dallas (-3.5). “I think, technically, it’s hard to know the Patriots’ defense. They did well to limit Tom Brady two weeks ago, and then allow Davis Mills to throw for a. cold 312 yards and three touchdowns. Not much, the Patriots have had a very good defense. But the postcote is a completely different challenge. Getting a Borderline Shootout Vibration, because the Cowboys’ pass defense is terrible. But Dallas is much better at winning games like this. It should be an easy day for painters though.
ESPN staff.: Choose nine cowboys out of 10.
Jimmy Kempsky, Philly Voice.: Shepherd (-3.5). “This line feels less than curious, as if it’s only 3.5 points because people are still pretending like Petri * is a good football team. They’re not. The party is over, and it’s worth noting that The dominance of their home is also over. So far this season, Gillette will be 0-3, soon 0-4.
Winnipeg, Supporting NewsCowboys 27, Patriots 20. They also have the added element of a mobile quarterback, Doc Prescott. Bill Belich will plan to remove something from the prescott, probably a wide receiver, Amari Cooper or Sadie Lamb. It still leaves the other to hurt and Prescott also feels it throwing at his narrow heads and back. The Patriots have another injury in the running game and Mc Jones faces an offensive defense in which Trevon Daggs is ready to make any mistakes. Dallas has the perfect blueprint for defeating New England on the road.
Bill Bender, Supporting News: Cowboys 23, Patriots 20. Dallas has been running more than 200 yards for the past two weeks. The Pitts are fifth in the NFL in defensive scoring and will try to slow down, but New England will fall 0-4 in the home games this season.
Mike Floreau, Pro Football Talk.: Cowboys 31, Patriots 23. “America’s Team 1.0 is better than America’s Team 2.0, and the Pitts are surprisingly 0-4 at home.”
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk.: Cowboys 34, Patriots 27. The other Texas team will not take them so easily.
Five Thirty Eight.: Shepherd, 54% (-1).
Greg Rosenthal, NFL.com: Cowboys 31, Patriots 24. “People keep looking for reasons to believe that Are not A wizard also finds reasons to believe the Patriots are a modest team with a defensive rating, largely due to a lack of quality opponents. I’m not one of them. “
NFL Puck WatchNinety-five percent are shepherds.
It says here: patriot 24, shepherd 20. A 0-4 start in Gelato seems a bit more likely than the Patriots, somehow, to grind one.
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