There were lots of turnovers early in this contest. The score was 3 to 3 after the first quarter. Both teams displayed a great defensive effort early in this game.
The New England Patriots began showing signs of taking over the contest in the 2nd quarter with the Gotowski field goal and the Welker pass. New England led 13 to 3 at that point.
Belicheck did an awesome job limiting Jason Witten in the 2nd quarter prior to his 2nd quarter touchdown in the red zone making the game 13 to 10.
Dallas got a field goal in the 3rd quarter. This would tie the game at 13 with one quarter left.
Dallas gets a field goal late in the game. New England goes 3 and out with 5 minutes left. Brady gets 2 and a half minutes to work with and New England executes a 4th quarter comeback. Patriots win 20 to 16.
The bottom line is Brady was clutch in this game. Rob Ryan made an elite offensive line look average with his defensive schemes in this contest. Dallas does not need any defensive starters. Dallas’s defense played well against New England.
The main weakness Dallas should address is the interior offensive line. Left Tackle Doug Free and right tackle Tyron Smith looked inconsistent at times today because of the lack of help on the interior offensive line. Dallas has the defense to hang in with opponents. The Cowboys just need interior lineman to ease the tackles jobs then the Cowboys can draft role players for depth on defense in the later rounds.
Georgia left guard/right guard Cordy Glenn, Ohio State center Michael Brewster, and Stanford right guard David DeCastro are all potential prospects to join the Dallas Cowboys as starters in 2012.
New England’s offensive line looked sluggish at times too. I really believe Rob Ryan is responsible for New England’s offensive line play. New England gets a much needed bye week before a road contest at Heinz Field.
New England had 4 turnovers with two Brady interceptions and 2 lost fumbles which kept Dallas in this game. Dallas had 2 turnovers.
Felix Jones left the game in the 2nd quarter forcing Tashard Choice and DeMarco Murray to split carries for Dallas.
You have to feel confident about New England. Since Brady became the starter in the 2001-2002 season Brady is 8-1 when New England plays after a bye week with a healthy Tom Brady and New England is 7-0 when Tom Brady plays after a bye week dating back to 2003-2004.
Both defenses played well in this contest. There were plays where Romo picked apart New England. The Patriots limited the potential amount of damage that Dallas could have inflicted with turnovers and stout run defense.
The media loves giving Romo a bad rep after loses. You cannot blame Romo here. New England’s run defense and Tom Brady’s clutch factor were the main reasons why New England prevailed in week 6.