Although Tony Romo and Dez Bryant will not be on the field, the Cowboys still have a pretty strong passing game. If you look at Brandon Weeden's statistics for this season, you will see that he's doing pretty well. Now would I put him on my fantasy team today, that's a definite no. Nevertheless, if he isn't getting sacked by his opponent he is completing 76% of his passes. Currently he has 551 yards through the air on 45 of 59 passes. He's also thrown 2 touchdowns while having only one pick.
While losing your starting quarterback and stud wide receiver usually puts a damper on your passing game, the Cowboys have managed to survive by leading the lead with targets caught (75.6%). Additionally, the receivers are leading all others with lowest drop percentage (2.3%). While all those passing statistics are great, I don't think they will be enough to carry the Cowboys to a victory today. Instead I think it has given Matt Patricia and friends the motivation and film needed to give Weeden a reality check. Yes, sometimes the Patriots struggle with quarterbacks who are relatively new, but not today.
Although they will probably give up some serious yards both in the air and on the ground, I'm expecting 5 sacks and 2 interceptions from the Patriots defense today. Offensively, the Patriots will have a healthy combo of long and short scoring drives. Rob Gronkowski will add to his touchdown receptions and LeGarrette Blount will have more touches than Dion Lewis.
Final score Patriots- 44 Cowboys- 17