The Dallas D registered 5 first half sacks of Brady and harassed him for most of the first three quarters. However, as the game wore on - the offensive line for the Patriots finally found a groove and started blocking for Brady. Tom responded by shredding the Cowboy D in the second half - completing 20 of 27 passes for 275 Yards and 2 TDs with zero interceptions.
The Patriots D had it's moments against a Cowboys team playing without its two best players - Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. The Patriots got pressure on Weeden and stopped the rushing attack - holding the Cowboys without a touchdown in the 30 - 6 defeat at Cowboy Stadium.
The Patriots will have a lot to look at on film and a lot to improve if they want to make a deep run in the playoffs - as there appeared to be some weaknesses on the offensive line, which was an issue at times last year. As always, the Patriots will go as far as health dictates - paramount to their success will be the continued health of Rob Gronkowski (4 Catches for 67 Yards) and J. Edelman (4 Catches for 120 Yards and one TD.) It goes without saying the Patriots need Tom Brady to remain healthy.
The Patriots need to regain their pre-bye week chemistry on the offensive line. Look for Belichick to use this game film for motivation going into the game with the Colts next week.