New England (3-0) at Dallas (2-2)
When: Sunday, October 11th 2015
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Time: 4:25 ET
TV: CBS Radio: XM 227
The New England Patriots come in a perfect 3-0 and Tom Brady looks like he’s in the prime of his career. Brady, who was supposed to sit out the first 4 games of the season for his role in Deflategate, has thrown 9 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Tight end Rob Gronkowski and wideout Julian Edelman remain Brady’s favorite targets, as Gronkowski has 10 touchdowns in his last 9 games and Edelman is 6th in the NFL with 30 receptions despite only playing three games. The Patriots easily have the number 1 offense in the NFL with 446.3 yards a game. The Patriots have also scored a touchdown on 14 of their 34 offensive drives this season. Defensively, the Pats are near the bottom allowing over 368 yards a game. New England had an early bye week this year and now must play 13 weeks in a row including four prime-time games.
The Cowboys started the season 2-0, but lost QB Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant and have now lost two in a row to make things interesting in the NFC East. Brandon Weeden has started and lost the last two games despite completing 76% of his passes. He has the exact same number of yards passing as Romo, but with 9 less completions which means he’s not throwing the ball down the field. Without a deep threat in Bryant, I can understand. Running back Joseph Randle has four touchdowns this year, all coming in the last two games. Dallas’ Greg Hardy is back after seeing his 10-game ban for a domestic abuse arrest reduced to four. Linebackers Rolando McClain and Sean Lee are both expected back this Sunday also, which will provide a much needed lift. The Cowboys are 19th in the league against the pass and need to have guys that can put pressure on Brady.
The Cowboys are at a severe disadvantage without Romo and Bryant, but I think their defense can create turnovers and Weeden will do enough to keep them in it. The Patriots are 24th against the run, so I look for Randle to have a big day running the ball.
Pick: Cowboys +9