New England Patriots will take on Dallas Cowboys on Sunday evening in the NFL 2021 season Week 6. The home side cannot be satisfied with the current campaign, and they search for a run of victories to get back in the playoffs spot race. The visitors are in excellent form, and they want to keep up where they left off.
New England already suffered three defeats this season, and all three came in front of the home crowd. They look forward to breaking that unsuccessful streak, but a tough challenge is ahead of them. On the other hand, Dallas tied four wins, and they want to stay at the top of the NFC East. The away side is full of confidence, and they want to keep their run going.
New England Patriots – Can the Pats celebrate the first home win?
The Patriots head to this match after celebrating a 25-22 win over the Texans on the road last weekend. They managed to get back on the winning track after losing twice in a row, but a 2-3 record is certainly not something the Pats should be happy about. However, Nick Folk’s 21-yard field kick brought them a victory against Houston and might boost their confidence a lot. Mac Jones threw for 231 yards in that game, with a TD and an interception, while New England gave up 360 total offensive yards.
The Pats’ QB Mac Jones has thrown for 1,243 yards this season, followed by five touchdowns and the same number of interceptions. Damien Harris leads the rushing offense with 230 yards and a pair of scores, while Jakobi Meyers is the leading receiver with 302 yards. On the other hand, Kyle Dugger leads the defensive corps with 31 tackles, while Matt Judon logged 6.5 sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Damien Harris, Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, Hunter Henry, Jakob Johnson, Isaiah Wynn, Mike Onwenu, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Justin Herron
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Deatrich Wise Jr., Lawrence Guy, Davon Godchaux, Chase Winovich, Matt Judon, Dont’a Hightower, Jamie Collins Sr., J.C. Jackson, Adrian Phillips, Devin McCourty, Joejuan Williams
Quarter Back: Mac Jones
Kicker: Gunner Olszewski
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Dallas Cowboys – Will they win for the fifth time in a row?
The Cowboys opened the campaign with a tight 31-29 defeat against the Buccaneers on the road, but they bounced back with four straight victories. Dallas celebrated away to the Chargers before booking three home wins against the Eagles, the Panthers, and the Giants. The latest one was particularly convincing, as they saw off New York 44-20. The Cowboys gained a total of 515 yards in the offense, with Dak Prescott passing for 302 yards with three TDs and an interception. Ezekiel Elliott also contributed a lot with 119 rushing yards and a score.
Prescott has gained 1,368 yards through the air this season, with 13 TDs and three interceptions, while he has been sacked nine times. The Cowboys’ leading rusher is Ezekiel Elliott with 452 yards and five scores, while CeeDee Lamb leads the receiving corps with 348 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jayron Kearse has logged 34 tackles so far, while Micah Parsons is the leader in QB sacks with 2.5.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Tony Pollard, Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Cedrick Wilson, Dalton Schultz, Tyron Smith, Connor Williams, Tyler Biadasz, Zack Martin, Terence Steele
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Tarell Basham, Osa Odighizuwa, Carlos Watkins, Randy Gregory, Leighton Vander Esch, Keanu Neal, Micah Parsons, Anthony Brown, Jayron Kearse, Damontae Kazee, Trevon Diggs
Quarter Back: Dak Prescott
Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
Expert Pick #1 – Dallas Cowboys -3.5 @-105
Dallas managed to cover the number in all five games so far, and they are full of confidence after four straight wins. On the other hand, New England has too many troubles this season, and the visitors might take advantage of that. I’ll take the Cowboys to cover the spread as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 50.5 @+3300
Although the Cowboys have been excellent in the offense so far, the Patriots haven’t given up too many points. Six of their previous seven encounters stayed under the margin, and I believe this one won’t be much different. The margin is pretty high for the upcoming match, and the Under is my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Cowboys and Over 36.5 @-115
Still, I think we should see at least 37 points in this matchup, and if we combine it with the Cowboys to win, the odds are pretty good. Therefore, I’ll dive into this market and make it my third pick for this game.