Patriots (5-0) vs. Cowboys (5-0)  October 14, 3:15 PM CT on CBS

Week 6 Preview:

The Cowboys try to improve to 6-0 on the season and at the same time upset New England and lower their record to 5-1 on the season in what most are calling the biggest game of year so far this year as the Patriots and Cowboys collide at Texas Stadium.  The Patriots had a full week to prepare, coming off an easy win against Cleveland, while the Cowboys are coming off a short week after an emotional 25-24 thriller in Buffalo.

Tony Romo looks to bounce back after a miserable Monday night performance against the Buffalo Bills, throwing 5 INT’s and losing a fumble, committing 6 turnovers.  He will need to bring his ‘A’ game and have a short memory, as the Patriots have one of the best defenses in the NFL.  They will throw everything at Romo, and if he isn’t careful, could have another game like last week.

The Cowboys will be challenged with their solid defense as well.  The Patriots have the league’s best offense in terms of points scored per game, and are 2nd only to Dallas in yards per game.  As most Cowboys fans already know, Randy Moss is a Cowboys-killer, going 6-0 in games against Dallas with 10 touchdowns.  The corners and safeties are going to have their hands full trying to contain him.  Something that could help change this, is the fact that Greg Ellis says that he is close to 100% and could be used to his full potential against Tom Brady and the Patriots’ offense.  This should help put more pressure on Brady and force him to make quicker decisions and hopefully mistakes. 

This will be the 1st true test for both teams.  Dallas has been criticized for their weak schedule, in which opponents have a combined 6-19 record, but fail to realize that the Patriots’ opponents only have a 7-17 record. 

On the injury front, linebacker Kevin Burnett (thigh) is probable.  Safety Keith Davis (shoulder) is questionable and will be a game-time decision.  Fullback Oliver Hoyte (neck) is out.  Fullback Deon Anderson should start in his place and be the only true fullback for the Cowboys.  Wide receiver Terry Glenn (knee), starting cornerback Anthony Henry (ankle), and third-string safety Courtney Brown (biceps) are out. 

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