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The game of the year so far in the NFL has arrived. The 5-0 Pats take on the 5-0 Cowboys in Irving, Texas. The game has been billed as a Super Bowl preview and has captured the attention of national media.
The Pats will be trying to garner their signature win of the season. Victories over San Diego and Cincinnati were impressive, but Dallas seems to be the class of the NFC and a victory over them would prove that the Patriots are second to none. The Cowboys – coming off a miraculous win over Buffalo – are coming off a short week of practice and need to prove they can play with the big boys in the NFL, not simply overpower the much weaker NFC.
3 Keys to the Game:
I really feel the Patriots are just too good. It wouldn’t surprise me if it was a close game, but I’d be less surprised if the Patriots won by a few touchdowns. Brady, Moss and co. are just too good on offense and with Rodney Harrison back for his second week, the defense will be able to contain Terrell Owens (almost made it through without mentioning him) and Marion Barber III. The defensive line anchored by Vince Wilfork should be able to contain the running game and allow Adalius Thomas and Mike Vrabel to drop back a little in coverage and make life tough for Romo. I see at least another three picks for Carrie Underwood’s former lover.
Patriots 38, Cowboys 20