It was not pretty by any means, but the Patriots got back in the win column in Week 5.
After falling behind 22-9 early in the third quarter, New England rattled off 16 unanswered points in the second half to complete a 25-22 comeback win over the Houston Texans. Nick Folk hit a 21-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in the game to clinch the win as the Patriots moved to 2-3.
The focus shifts now to the other Texas-based team, as the Patriots host the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. Dallas is coming off a 44-20 thrashing of NFC East foe, the New York Giants. Dak Prescott threw for 302 yards, three touchdowns and an interception to improve the Cowboys to 4-1. Ezekiel Elliott had another 100-yard rushing game, rumbling for 121 with a touchdown to pair.
These Dallas Cowboys don’t seem to be your typical Cowboys. Their only loss this season was a one-point defeat at the hands of the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prescott has thrown at least three touchdowns in three consecutive games. Elliott has been a terror in the backfield. Trevon Diggs is a pick machine in the secondary. There’s no doubt the Patriots have their hands full.
Bill Belichick and Co. are in for a long, long afternoon if they play like they did against the Texans this week. Improvement across the board will be needed to compete with Dallas.
Here is all the betting info you need to know for the Patriots’ Week 6 matchup:
Patriots vs. Cowboys Moneyline, Spread and Total
Line: Cowboys -3.5
Patriots team total O/U: 21.5
Cowboys team total O/U: 27.5
Moneyline: New England +160 | Dallas -191
It has been a one-sided affair between the Patriots and the Cowboys over a couple of decades. New England is riding a six-game winning streak against Dallas that dates back to 1999.
The last win for New England came in a low-scoring affair in the 2019 season. N’Keal Harry scored the only touchdown of the game in the first quarter, as Folk kicked two field goals for the Pats and Brett Maher kicked three for the Cowboys in a 13-9 win for New England.
It’s obviously a different Patriots team since then. The last five wins for the Pats over the Cowboys have come with Tom Brady at the helm. Instead, it will be rookie Mac Jones leading the way for New England.
Here are the full odds for the Patriots-Cowboys game.
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Patriots Props to Watch for Week 6
Mac Jones passing yards O/U: 268.5
Jakobi Meyers receiving yards O/U: 61.5
Nelson Agholor receiving yards O/U: 41.5
Jones had an up-and-down day against the Texans, leading three productive drives in the first half and helping mount a second-half comeback while throwing some balls that could have been intercepted. Going against Dallas, Jones is expected to keep up with Prescott, who has an over/under of 274.5.
In the rushing game, the Cowboys are given the distinct advantage over the Patriots. Elliott and Tony Pollard make up one of the most potent rushing attacks in football, while the Pats ended with -1 rushing yard just two weeks ago against the Bucs. Add in an injury to Damien Harris, and Jones might be relied upon to provide most of the offense in Week 6.
Patriots ATS Record and Game Results
Despite getting the win over the Texans, the Patriots failed to cover in the game. Coming in as eight-point favorites, the three-point win meant New England’s record against the spread dropped to 2-3 on the season.
Here are some takeaways from the Patriots’ Week 5 performance:
- Jones gives Patriots offensive line deserved praise after Week 5 win
- Patriots takeaways: Nick Folk clutch again as Pats beat Texans 25-22
- Mac Jones is first rookie QB in Super Bowl era to achieve this feat
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Patriots Futures Odds Before Week 6
While the Patriots improved to 2-3, it wasn’t enough to change the minds of the oddsmaker in terms of the Patriots’ postseason chances.
Patriots to make the playoffs +215
Patriots to win the AFC East +1000 (second-best in division)
Patriots to win the Super Bowl +8000
Here are some of the odds for various Patriots players to win season-long awards:
Mac Jones to win Most Valuable Player +35000
Mac Jones to win Offensive Rookie of the Year +400 (second-best in the NFL)
Christian Barmore to win Defensive Rookie of the Year +15000
Matthew Judon to win Defensive Player of the Year +5000
Bill Belichick to win Coach of the Year +3300
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