The Dallas Cowboys will be looking to continue their hot streak in Week 6 when they travel to face the New England Patriots. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys have won four straight games after losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in Week 1. While the offense in Dallas has been rolling on all cylinders, the defense of the Cowboys has been better than expected through the first five weeks.
On the other side of the field, the Patriots improved to 2-3 on the season in Week 5 after surviving a scare against the Houston Texans. New England has been battling injuries on both sides of the ball that has hampered their production on the field.
Ahead of what is expected to be a win for Dallas, here are five reasons why the Cowboys will defeat the Patriots in Week 6.
Dak Prescott Is Playing Nearly Perfect
There aren’t many quarterbacks in the NFL that are playing better than Dak Prescott right now. Aside from a quiet game versus the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2, Prescott has been nearly perfect under center. Through the first five weeks, Prescott has completed 73.8 percent of his attempts for 1,368 yards, 13 touchdowns, and only three interceptions.
Seeing that Davis Mills just carved up the defense of the Patriots in Week 5, Prescott should have no issues doing the same in Week 6.
Who Is Stopping Ezekiel Elliott And Tony Pollard Right Now?
Besides Prescott and the passing game rolling smoothly, the dynamic duo of Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard is giving defenses headaches. Elliott looks fresh this season as he now has a more refined version of Pollard spelling him in the backfield. In the first five weeks, Elliott has 452 yards and five touchdowns compared to Pollard’s 325 yards and one touchdown.
With the tandem of Elliott and Pollard, the Cowboys currently have the No. 2 ranked rushing offense in the NFL, only behind the Cleveland Browns. The Patriots have a middle-of-the-pack run defense, so I’m not concerned with Elliott or Pollard slowing down in Week 6.
Patriots Don’t Have The Personnel To Cover Dallas’ Arsenal Of Weapons
Just a couple of years ago, the Patriots boasted one of the best defenses in the entire NFL. While they still have a solid defense, they don’t have the same personnel that dominated in recent seasons. Stephon Gilmore is no longer in New England and a few of their marquee players are now older. That doesn’t bode well for a defense that is now tasked with containing CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper, Dalton Schultz, Elliott, and Pollard.
Even if Bill Belichick wants to try and focus on slowing down one of Dallas’ offensive weapons, they have a deep group of guys for Prescott to target.
Mac Jones Is Making Rookie Mistakes
While we all expected the offense of the Cowboys to hit the ground running with Prescott back, the defense of the Cowboys has been impressive thus far. Dallas is second in takeaways this season with 12 takeaways, with six interceptions coming from Trevon Diggs alone. Seeing that the Cowboys have an opportunistic defense, Mac Jones might have a rough outing again in Week 6.
New England has tried to manufacture an offense that fits Jones’ skill set, but it leads to him not being able to make many mistakes since it’s predicated on him getting the ball out quickly and efficiently. All it takes is one turnover from Jones and the Cowboys can turn that into a game-changing play on Sunday.
The Offensive Line Of The Patriots Is Beat Up
Even with the Patriots deploying a quick passing game, Jones still needs time to survey the field. It’s hard to give him more time when guys like Shaq Mason, Trent Brown, and others could miss Sunday’s game. Both Mike Onwenu and Isaiah Wynn were on the reserve/COVID-19 list in Week 5 and it remains to be seen if they both suit up in Week 6.
If the Patriots have to shuffle their offensive line around again, the Cowboys could wreak havoc to New England’s offensive front, forcing Jones to be uncomfortable in the pocket all game.