The Dallas Cowboys will welcome Tom Brady and the undefeated, World Champion, New England Patriots into AT&T Stadium Sunday afternoon. The game is scheduled to be played at 3:35 p.m. Central Time / 1:25 p.m. Pacific Time and will be broadcast on CBS.
The issues surrounding the character of Tom Brady and the entire New England Patriots has been under the national spotlight since the end of last season. Where the logic lies with Brady’s removed suspension is beyond my reasoning. By disposing of the only evidence that could have proven him innocent, Brady should have been found guilty of injuring the integrity of the NFL.
How could Greg Hardy’s off-field life lead to a year away from football and an original ten game suspension, that was reduced to four, be considered as fair treatment of the leagues’ players? Where does the Integrity of the NFL or the NFLPA lie?
Look for Hardy to have a major impact on the Dallas Cowboys defense this week. Hardy will have his gun bead locked in on Brady.
Joining Hardy will be linebacker Rolando McClain. Last season, one could feel the intensity of the defense completely change with McClain healthy and on the field. Getting McClain back from his four game suspension for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse will make the Cowboys linebacker corps very deep.
This has been a season full of adversity and the Cowboys are only a quarter of the way through the season.
The defense will be as close to full strength as they have been this year, just in time for the challenges they will face against New England’s potent offense.
Rob Gronkowski will pose a significant threat and challenge to rookie Byron Jones. Jones will shadow Gronk all over the field and will receive help over the top.
On offense, the Cowboys highly praised offensive line needs to do a better, more consistent job.
The offense needs to see better play out of Darren McFadden as the season progresses. McFadden has not had the opportunities he would like to have had so far this season, but the loss of Lance Dunbar for the remainder of the season should give McFadden a more prominent role with this offense.
Scott Linehan needs to get Gavin Escobar more involved in the game plan. Escobar is big target and they need to send the ball in his direction.
Regardless of what most fans believe, Brandon Weeden has been very good in his back-up role for Dallas. He has only made one error in two and a half games since replacing Tony Romo.
This week will find the Cowboys with very difficult task, to beat the World Champion New England Patriots. Sunday afternoon, it will be time to buckle up those chin straps, remove all speculation, and see what this Cowboys’ team is truly made of.
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