Tony Romo wishes that he was Tom Brady so bad.
Heading into Dallas, no one truly thought that the Cowboys were going to threaten the Patriots. Without Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and others, many wondered what this game could have been if all those Pro Bowl players were healthy.
Nevertheless, Tom Brady and company suited up to face off against Greg Hardy's Cowboys at 4:30 ET Sunday.
Right out of the gate, Rolando McClain and Greg Hardy, who were both suspended for the first 4 games of the 2015 NFL season, pressured Tom Brady and were able to get to the greatest quarterback of all time for a career high 5 sacks in the first half.
At the half, with the score at 13-3, Josh McDaniels and Bill Belichick were able to change their scheme and protect Touchdown Tommy at a better clip for the second half. Brady finished the day 20-27, with 275 and 2 TDs, while having a passer rating of 130.9.
On the other side of the football, the Patriots are really finding their own. In the first half, before Dont'a Hightower went down with an apparent rib/hip injury, the linebackers were providing constant pressure on Brandon Weeden, forcing him to checkdown for short, ineffective passes. Chandler Jones was also a duel threat, as he was rushing the quarterback, then dropping back into coverage. We won't talk about his dropped interception, as I am sure his teammates will be reminding him during film today.
Throughout the entire game, the Patriots defense was swarming around the ball and the quarterback. I am not saying that they are the 2013 Patriots, but they could be a great defense in a different way. With one of the best linebacking cores in the NFL (Keep an eye on Hightower's injury. It may not be serious, but at his position a rib injury has to be nursed extensively.), a fierce Front 7, and Malcolm Butler growing into an elite defender, the Patriots are more than equipped on both sides of the ball to win Super Bowl 50.
It's Indy Week. Irsay, Pagano, prepare yourself.
By Pete Packowski