Every week we ask all of The Landry Hat writers and contributors to submit their predictions for the upcoming game and their reasons why. This week, we asked our experts for their opinion on the Dallas Cowboys vs. the New England Patriots game on Sunday.
Steven Mullenax, Editor & Head Writer: I think this game comes down to home field advantage and the play of the two quarterbacks. First off, New England is almost unbeatable at home. Combine that with an all-time great at quarterback who can get you out of every situation and all signs point to a Patriot victory. But I do think the Cowboys match up well with the Pats. Even better than the Buffalo Bills do, who defeated NE earlier this season. But the Bills played them in Buffalo. If Dallas plays this one in Arlington, I’d say this was a prime upset special. But since it’s in Foxborough: New England 28, Dallas 24.
Greg Bailey, Staff Writer: It will be extremely hard for Dallas to roll into New England and come away with a victory. The Patriots have won 19 consecutive games at home and can tie the Packers for 20. New England has won 22 of the past 23 games vs. NFC. OUCH!!! NE 30 – DAL 27.
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Ashley Bolton, Staff Writer: I think the Cowboys getting Scandrick back is a huge deal, but I just think the Patriots have too many weapons for the Cowboys to stop. I like to think the Boys will keep it close but in the end I see the game going to the Pats. Patriots 32, Cowboys 24
Robert Diton, Staff Writer: How nice will it be to see the team at near full strength this week! Even though I’ve picked the Cowboys to win every game this year, I don’t think we will be able to stop Tom Brady enough to come out on top of what will be a big shootout on Sunday. That being said, I do think we will play well enough to give the team positive motivation going into the meat of the schedule. Patriots 38, Cowboys 34.
Seth Jones, Staff Writer: “The Cowboys will be ready! They will be healthy! They will be determined!..And so will New England. New England just put up 30 points on Rex Ryan. We have his twin. Our Ryan looks like he just chopped off a mountain giant’s head. I consider this a bad thing, in a league full of cerebral combat. New England 38, Dallas 14. I will be taking my headache pills BEFORE kick-off.”
Mark Contreras, Video Contributor & Staff Writer: Over the past 5 seasons, the New England Patriots have won 34 of 40 regular season homes games (and 5 of those wins were without Tom Brady in 2008). In the past 2 seasons and 2 games into this season, the Patriots are 18-0 at home, in the regular season. The Cowboys do have an advantage against New England’s porous defense, but Dallas has struggled to score against other mediocre defenses this year. The return of a healthy Miles Austin and Dez Bryant will help significantly, but I think Tom Brady wins in Foxborough, again. Dallas 27, New England 32
Joe D. Ramirez, Senior Writer: Unfortunately I think it will be “deja vu all over again”. Four years ago the Cowboys played New England in what was billed a potential Super Bowl preview. The Cowboys play well for much of the game, until New England finally pulled away. The Patriots are simply too consistent and while Brady may have a hiccup (4 interceptions v. Bills), it is atypical. Worst yet, the Bills barely won that game (3 point victory) despite getting the gifts from Brady. On the bright side, a Rob Ryan lead defense held the Patriots to only 14 points in 2010 forcing two fumbles along the way (though one was on special teams). Despite dropping to 2-3, the next 6 games appear to be winnable for the Cowboys, so it isn’t all doom and gloom.
C.J. Wright, Assistant Editor & Staff Writer: Tony Romo will atone for his sins and exorcise the turnover demons that have plagued him in the past. This will become a signature game for Romo. People in the future will look back and say that the loss to Detroit was a turning point in his career and his performance against New England in Foxboro was the dawn of a new era, thereby validating my intrepid prognostication (to read that article, click here). Rob Ryan’s defense will demonstrate for the world that Brady is not superhuman. DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff, and Sean Lee illustrate why they are bound for the Pro Bowl. The Cowboys shock the football universe by beating the Patriots by 4 points.
Artie Cappello, Staff Writer: The Patriots are a formative foe, but Tony and the ‘Boys are talking like they’re no slouches either. You gotta like that. Our Defense should be the difference. There may come a week that I pick Dallas to lose. This is not that week. Dallas 24, New England 21