Best and worst: Patriots 30, Cowboys 6
WORST news for Aaron Dobson
It looked like the Patriots were going to get Aaron Dobson involved in the offense a bit more, as the wide receiver had seven catches for 87 yards against the Bills in Week 2. But in Week 5, he will have zero catches. We know this because he’s a healthy scratch against the Cowboys. And the worst part about it for Dobson is Keshawn Martin -- whom the Pats traded for on Sept. 17 -- has essentially taken his spot on the active roster. Martin has special teams capabilities whereas Dobson does not, so that may have something to do with it. Martin also had three catches and a touchdown in Week 3 against the Jaguars. Dobson, you are the weakest link. Goodbye.
WORST way to take advantage of a penalty
On the Patriots very first pass of the game, Tom Brady hit Julian Edelman on a short pass down the middle that Edelman turned into a 21-yard gain. But since just about every NFL team seems to play an idiotic brand of football these days, Cowboys safety J.J. Wilcox hit Edelman as he was out of bounds, prompting a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty that put the ball on the Dallas 32-yard line. Well, the Pats proceeded to go three-and-out from there, as Brady was sacked for a nine-yard loss on 3rd down to put them out of field goal range. It was NAHT a pretty sight.
Just a reminder that Greg Hardy is an awful human being (and also an awful rapper, apparently). But I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that he sacked Brady on the Patriots’ second drive of the game. It’s the second time Brady has been sacked already, and Hardy got past Nate Solder with relative ease. There’s nothing scarier as a Patriots fan than watching Tom Brady being sacked. Take your hands off him!!!
Not that we needed another reminder, but how great is it to have a capable kicker on the team? Stephen Gostkowski once again proves his worth, nailing a 49-yard field goal in the first quarter. Theres probably like 27 other kickers in the league that psyche themselves out and shank that kick 20 feet to the right. Kickers are the worst. Except Gostkowski. He’s the best. UPDATE: Gostkowski also drilled a 57-yarder. Fifty-Seven. Five seven. That’s a career-long, and also tied Adam Vinatieri for longest in Patriots history. And by the way that kick would have been good from 67 yards. Gostkowski is the Tom Brady of kickers.
WORST sight to see
Dont’a Hightower down on the ground with an injury. You hate to see injuries to any player on either team (OK, so I wouldn’t be too heartbroken if it was Greg Hardy), but when it’s an important player to the team it’s that much more devastating. The team called it a rib injury. Hightower walked off on his own power, so that’s a great sign. But losing him even for this game is tough.
BEST Gronk spike
What CAN’T Tom Brady do well? Trick question. We’ve seen him spike footballs in the past, so this was nothing new, but after his 1-yard QB sneak touchdown, Brady wound up and tried to spike that football all the way to China. And then came the fist pump from hell. Love it. Brady is fired up, and the cameras caught him yelling to absolutely nobody on the sidelines. #PrayforDallas
BEST offseason addition for the Patriots
Well it certainly isn’t any of the cornerbacks. (Are there any left? Just kidding -- I see you, Tarell Brown!). But Jabaal Sheard has not only been the Pats best offseason acquisition but one of the NFL’s best acquisitions of the offseason. Sheard has played well in every game for the Patriots, and that was again the case against the Cowboys. Big, big sack in the final minute of the first half forced the Cowboys to punt from their own end zone and gave the Pats a chance to score going into the half. They didn’t end up scoring, but that ain’t Sheard’s job.
BEST touchdown you’ll ever see . . . ever.
I don’t know what Bill Belichick did to Dion Lewis deep inside the Gillette Stadium laboratories this offseason, but whatever he did it worked. Lewis went from being unemployed -- literally not one team wanted him last season -- to a crucial part of the Pats offense almost seamlessly. The guy is juking and jiving all over the field each week. And on Sunday against the Cowboys he pulled off some video-game type stuff. He reeled in a Brady pass from 10 yards out with one hand, juked one defender, ducked another, slipped another, and somehow found the end zone. It was one of those touchdowns where you probably sat there watching and as it was happening said, “whoa . . . WHOA . . . WHOA!!!” Lewis gonna Lewis.
WORST scoring drive
First thing’s first -- the Cowboys scored three points. Anytime you score points, that’s a good thing . . . except when it takes you 15 plays, 75 yards and 8:51, already down 20-3 in the third quarter. If you told the Patriots that the Cowboys would burn nine minutes off the clock in the second half and come away with three points, they’d absolutely take that. The bottom line is the Boys had a 4th-and-2 on the Pats 5-yard line and kicked a field goal. Obviously finding the end zone has been hard for the Cowboys today. Before the FG, they were down 17 points. Now they’re down 14 points - I get it, two-possession game now. But getting a touchdown there would have made a huge difference for an offense that’s struggling. Shoutout to Devin McCourty for the big tackle on Jason Witten on third down to force that field goal. But seriously, Jason Garrett, have some guts.
We already showed you Julian Edelman’s crossover, but my goodness did you see the YAC on that touchdown in the fourth quarter? Edels just doing the damn thing all over “America’s Team”. Embarrassed four Cowboys in one cutback. Just total disregard for the Cowboys and their fans. Over 90,000 people paid good money to watch the Cowboys compete on the football field today and guys like Edelman couldn’t care less. Just gonna blow by everyone, spike the football in the end zone, and chill with a dip on the sideline.