Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots face-off in battle of the dynasties
The identical question lingers over each of these teams come a comfortable however contrasting narrative, each fresh NFL season.
For your New England Patriots, would this be the start of the end for their dynasty which has brought a six Super Bowl names? For Dallas Cowboys, will this eventually be their year , signalling the re-emergence of’America’s Team’ as the game’s leading force?
From the Super Bowl era, the 1960s belonged to the Green Bay Packers – the Vince Lombardi trophy so called after the coach that saw them to glory at the inaugural Super Bowl after a year after – that the 70s belonged to the Pittsburgh Steelers and their four titles, the 80s saw the San Francisco 49ers match that accomplishment, while the 90s mainly belonged to the Cowboys.
Propelled by’The’ Triplets’ of quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith and wide receiver Michael Irvin – all three enshrined in the Hall of Fame – Dallas won three Super Bowls in four years, using their victory over the Steelers at the 1995 year seeing them around five total.
The Cowboys have to contact the game. From the 23 years since, they’ve made the postseason just 10 days, winning just four playoff matches rather than making the NFC Championship game.
It is the Patriots who’ve taken up their position atop the NFL stratosphere, together with the deadly coach-quarterback combo of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady bringing six Super Bowl wins because their first in 2001 and emerging in half the previous 18 championship games – including all the last three.
On the outside, the Patriots’ streak shows no sign of quitting. They sit 9-1 on the year – holding the joint-best record from the NFL, along with a resurgent 49ers team – but, dig a little deeper, and all does not seem well in New England, specifically with their G.O.A.T of a quarterback.
The today 42-year-old Brady seemed impenetrable to age, defying any conversation of his own quarterback play”falling off a cliff” – the fate which has befallen many greats before him – as he shot his Super Bowl rings on a second hand along with his victory on the upstart Los Angeles Rams earlier this season.
But, Brady may have reached that cliff edge, by which in the form of a Week Four assembly with the Buffalo Bills, though the Patriots acquired, Brady completed just 18 of 39 passes for 150 yards and one interception.
It was the very first blot in a seven-game stretch of struggles for Brady – seven touchdowns pitched to five interceptions and also 80.6 passer rating, great enough for 26th one of the 32 active quarterbacks in the league during that period. Not precisely G.O.A.T-like amounts.
However, New England’s struggles are not restricted to Brady. They have averaged 91.0 rush yards per game this season (24th in the NFL), with sophomore back Sony Michel tallying only 3.3 per effort – the second-lowest in the group of players with 100+ carries.
It all results in a middling, 16th rated crime (359.9 YPG) – the Patriots’ lowest mark because 2006 – however, as well as benefitting from a weak program, New England’s saviour has become the magnificent play of their 1 rated defense.
And that league-leading defense is place to receive a stern test of its own credentials as soon as it hosts the Cowboys and their No 1 rated offense on Sunday night – live on Sky Sports Action out of 9.25pm.
The Cowboys are now averaging 444.6 yards per game, while New England is holding the league into a low of 249.9 yards per contest, in addition to sitting in scoring defense in only a measly 10.8 points per game allowed.
But will the Cowboys and their’Triplets’ danger of quarterback Dak Prescott, operating Ezekiel Elliott and receiver Amari Cooper be those to break through the stubborn Patriots D, signalling the return of the glory days back to Dallas?
Within their toughest examination thus far, against Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens (8-2), New England folded to the tune of 37 points at a Sunday Night Football drubbing – they had not given more than 14 points in any game this season, though only among these opponents, the Bills (7-3), currently has a winning record.
Although his fine work is coming almost exclusively through the atmosphere to combined with his talents that are running prescott, such as Jackson, is playing an MVP-calibre degree.
Prescott has 21 touchdown passes through 10 games, already just two fewer than his previous high of 23 set throughout his whole 2016 rookie effort, while he leads the NFL with 3,221 passing yards this year, putting him on pace to accomplish something not Aikman, nor Roger Staubach achieved – in function as initial Cowboys appeared to lead the NFL in passing yards for a full season.
Prescott also includes four games with 375 passing yards and two touchdown passes in 2019, the latest coming in a week’s 35-27 win over the Detroit Lions (444 yards, three TDs). It places him in firm, amount with good Joe Montana’s four in 1990 and behind only Peyton Manning’s six at 2013.
That is not to mention Prescott isn’t prone to errors. He has two interceptions over 10 matches, while the talent-rich Cowboys are no shoe-in for the postseason and have lost four of these .
However, the signs for Dallas are reassuring. In his career against teams coming in with the league’s No 1 defense, Prescott is currently 2-0, using a 118.8 passer evaluation – a 69.8 ending percent, five TDs and no interceptions. And the Cowboys are 28-2 in matches where Prescott includes a 100+ passer rating.
A win at Foxborough on Sunday night, would serve that this Dallas outfit and Prescott are legit, ready to recover their NFL throne from New England.
However, have we not been here before? While some doubters of the Patriots are swiftly silenced with all the winning of another championship, any proclamation of the Cowboys because contenders recently has shown a false dawn.
Will Sunday indicate any different?
Watch Cowboys in Patriots live on Sky Sports Action from 9.25pm on Sunday night following on from Seahawks at Eagles from 6pm, with accumulation in 5pm; RedZone is on Sky Sports Mix (channel 145) in 6pm.