2021-10-17
Dallas Cowboys
New England Patriots
League : NFL

New England Patriots vs Dallas Cowboys Prediction & Preview



 

 

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The Dallas Cowboys take a trip up the East coast to Gillette Stadium as they kick off against the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon. The Cowboys (4-1) are coming off an impressive 44-20 win at home against the New York Giants last weekend as big favorites. The Patriots (2-3) took care of business 25-22 against the Houston Texans in Week 5. The Cowboys open this game up as three-point road favorites.

 

Cowboys Trounce Giants

Dak Prescott threw for three touchdowns the day before the one-year anniversary of his severe ankle injury in the same stadium against the same opponent, and the Cowboys beat the Giants 44-20 last Sunday. Prescott had scoring tosses of 49 yards to CeeDee Lamb and 24 yards to Amari Cooper before star running back Ezekiel Elliott caught a pass in the flat and high-stepped into the end zone for a 4-yard score. Prescott finished 22 of 32 for 302 yards to boost his passer rating to 116.9. ''He's so dang focused in everything he does,'' coach Mike McCarthy said to Associated Press reporters. ''His disposition never changes his attitude, his energy. I thought he played very well, particularly after those two giveaways.''

 

 

Ezekiel Elliott finished with more than 100 yards in consecutive games for the first time since three straight in 2019, finishing with 110 yards on 21 carries, the final one a punctuating 13-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. It was a dazzling offensive effort for Dallas, and they’ll be facing a Patriots team that gave up 300 yards and three touchdowns to a rookie last week.

 

Patriots Outlast Texans

Rookie quarterback Mac Jones threw for 231 yards with a touchdown and an interception as the Patriots ended a two-game skid with a 25-22 victory over the Texans last Sunday afternoon. 'Sometimes you have to find a way to win,'' said Jones to AP reporters, the 15th overall pick in the draft. ''It feels better to not play as well, but win and learn at the same than play OK and end up losing. So the win feels good.'' Jones completed 23 of 30 passes to give him 135 completions this season and tie Cincinnati's Joe Burrow for the most completions by a rookie quarterback in his first five starts in NFL history.

 

Coach Bill Belichick continued his success against rookie quarterbacks, improving to 23-6 in those games. Yet, Davis Mills did manage to throw for 312 yards and three touchdowns, something that was surely brought up this week during practice. New England linebacker Matt Judon had two sacks Sunday to give him 6 1/2 this season, which is the most in franchise history through five games. He's the first Patriots player to have a sack in four games in a row since Jamie Collins and Chase Winovich both did it in 2019. He and the rest of the D will have their hands full with an elite Dallas O.







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