The upcoming NFL clash between the New England Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys paints a vivid picture of contrasting fortunes. Fresh off a narrow escape against the Jets, the Patriots are heading to Dallas, where the high-flying Cowboys await them.
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For the Cowboys, there’s plenty of optimism in the air. They are playing a Patriots squad that looked nothing short of underwhelming last week. Had New England faced a team of higher caliber than the New York Jets, it’s doubtful they’d have walked away with the win. Their offense remains a concern, lacking a clear identity and struggling to produce consistently.
The betting odds lean in favor of the home side. Dallas is favored by a touchdown in this 4:25 PM Eastern showdown, with an over/under set at 43. Given their form and the Patriots’ offensive struggles, it’s easy to see why many are predicting a Dallas win by a wide margin. A victory with a difference of 17 points? It’s not beyond the realm of possibility.
Yet, while Mac Jones has yet to truly challenge defenses with deep throws, one can’t write off the Patriots just yet. After all, they’re helmed by the master tactician, Bill Belichick. Last week showcased a significant coaching advantage with Belichick outfoxing Robert Saleh. But how will he fare against Mike McCarthy? McCarthy’s game plan against the Giants left much to be desired, which brings into question whether Belichick can out-strategize him.
Despite the challenges and potential mismatches, the safest bet might be on the game’s total. With the Cowboys’ potent offense and the hope that the Patriots can find some semblance of rhythm, the over could be the most enticing play in this matchup.
While Dallas might have the upper hand on paper, the NFL is often full of surprises. And with Belichick’s Patriots, you just never know.