During week 12, the red hot Patriots welcome a talented Cowboys team to Gillette Stadium. The Patriots enter the week with a 9-1 record and are coming off of a dominant defensive performance against the Philadelphia Eagles the week before. The Cowboys enter the week with a lot of momentum coming off of a massive performance from QB Dak Prescott the week before where he threw for 444 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns.
This game could go a few different ways for the Patriots. They could win in dominant fashion against a poorly coached team as we’ve seen them often do in the past. Jason Garrett is not exactly known for being able to coach his team to victory in a tough spot, he usually just uses his method of looking lost and clapping while trying to keep morale high on the sidelines. Dak Prescott has also shown that he hasn’t always been able to perform against the cream of the crop in the NFL, as shown earlier this season during a home game vs a good Packers team in which the Cowboys were beaten by 30 points. If Prescott is off vs. an even better team like the Patriots, that number could look even worse.
I would definitely not the count the Cowboys out of this game and I could definitely see this being a competitive game for one reason. The Cowboys main focal point of their offense is their run game, lead by all pro running back Ezekiel Elliott. It sounds stupid building an offense around the run game in a passing league, but if there’s one thing the Patriots have struggled with this season, it’s stopping the run. The Patriots defense at times has looked immortal this season, but two weeks ago vs the Ravens, the Patriots were absolutely gashed for over 200 yards on the ground in a big Ravens win. If the Cowboys can get Elliott cooking, this could be a very long game for the Patriots. This is why the gameplan should seem easy for the Pats this week, stop the run, win the game, that simple. This is a tricky task when playing a running back as talented as Elliott, but if any team can shut him down, it’s the Patriots.