A pretty good game kicks off the 4:00 hour as the Patriots and Tom Brady travel to Jerry World to take on a banged up, but still effective Dallas Cowboys squad. It’s not very often these two teams face off against each other, but the ratings are certain to be huge regardless of Dallas’ current injury situation. New England is fresh off their bye week, and enter the state of Texas with an undefeated record. It is abundantly clear that Brady is on a mission in 2015 – unhappy about all of the DeflateGate controversy, and is primed for yet another special year in Foxboro. For Dallas, it’s been a tough start given all of their key injuries. Losing Tony Romo and Dez Bryant is about as bad as it can get, but the Cowboys stay afloat in a tight NFC East. If they can weather the storm for the next few weeks, perhaps Dallas might see some playoff football after all. It’s the Patriots and the Cowboys in a truly marquee match-up and read on below for a full breakdown and prediction.
Patriots vs. Cowboys Betting Odds:
New England Patriots -9 (-110)
@ Dallas Cowboys +9 (-110)
Over 50 (-110)
Under 50 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Patriots vs. Cowboys Pick:
Big news for the Cowboys entering Week 5 is they’ll get Rolando McClain and Greg Hardy back from suspensions. The duo remain talented players despite their obvious off-field issues, and should help a struggling Dallas defense. The bad news for Dallas is that it likely will not matter this week as they’re taking on a motivated, well-rested Tom Brady and his Patriots teammates.
Last week Dallas’ defense looked pretty brutal against the Saints, and if that’s the case than Brady and Co. are going to have their way with them. You can’t stop Brady through the air right now, as the talented play-caller seems determined to prove to the world he’s not a cheater and as a result he’s gotten off to an MVP-like start in 2015. Even if the Pats don’t want to throw the ball, they could always simply hand it off to the duo of Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount. The Cowboys have really struggled at stopping the run and the entire defense will likely be too focused on limiting how dominant Brady is through the air and potentially double-teaming Gronkowski.
If Dallas had Romo and Bryant, that duo is obviously explosive enough that you could see them turning any upset against any opposition. Without them though and it becomes a much more difficult proposition. Instead they’ll need to rely on the formidable duo of Brandon Weeden and Terrance Williams to lead them to the upset. One area that will really make things difficult for Dallas is the status of their running game. Without Dunbar, they’ll definitely need inspired performances from Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden to keep the Pats’ defense on their toes for 3rd-down situations. And while the Pats aren’t all that great statistically at stopping the run, if Dallas gets down early they might need to resort to throwing the football with Weeden. Through the air isn’t a good way to beat the Patriots and their ball-hawking secondary.
Everyone in the world is going to be on New England in this one, and even with knowing that I can’t envision taking the Cowboys in this spot. With Belechick fresh off his bye week, his Pats will be primed and prepared to go to a perfect 4-0 and you can bet Tom Brady will relish the opportunity for yet another special performance on a big stage against a leaky defense. New England should get to 40 points in this one, as they roll comfortably in Dallas.
PICK = Patriots -9 (-110)