New England Patriots: Good, Bad, and Ugly vs Dallas Cowboys

Eight miss practice as Patriots deal with flu bug

8 Patriots miss practice with an illness in Week 13

And they not only beat a good team, they blow them out. And a Texans loss would push them into a tie for the division lead creating a frantic final four games of the season. "I don't think there's a game where a coaching staff couldn't do better". The Cowboys have competed in each game, but haven't been able to come away victorious.

A game with major playoff implications will take place at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday night when the New England Patriots (10-1) will take on the Houston Texas (7-4).

It was the defense that continues to get it done for the Patriots, though. But since that time, and starting with the loss to Baltimore, the Patriots are still 2-1, but they have actually been outscored over those three games 58-50. Perhaps the craziest part is that the other top record holders, who have 49s, +650 odds and two teams left between them and the Patriots. The Cowboys had it for 30:21. Normally the team that dominates time of possession wins the game.

Making matters worse, the Patriots moved to 5-0 against the Cowboys during Brady's tenure in New England. The amusing thing is they were able to hold the Cowboys to 2-13 on third down conversations. Which means they were giving the struggling offense chances. Defenses like this one have gone on to win Super Bowls and maybe this one will as well.

The good news is that only two players were absent from Tuesday's session, defensive tackle Antwaun Woods who has an injured knee and linebacker Leighton Vander Esch who is dealing with a neck injury of still unknown severity.

Put simply, the Patriots have done nothing to make you believe that they are not the best team in the National Football League this year.

"Like I've said, we're trying to win, and I know things aren't ideal". He is hoping, along with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, that with everyone coming back healthy things will change. The New England Patriots offense only had 282 yards. The run game was a little bit better yesterday. Oh, and they have experience with things like Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. He is hoping the offense can find a rhythm. He took the head coaching job in 2011 and then signed a five-year deal with the team in 2014.

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