On the surface, the Week 6 matchup between the Patriots and Cowboys might not seem overly compelling. Dallas is 4-1 and squarely atop the NFC East, while New England is 2-3 and in second place in the AFC East.
Maybe it will be a lopsided affair. But it’ll also be a good barometer for both teams.
Dallas is one of the most prolific offensive squads in the NFL. Through five weeks, the Cowboys rank second in scoring offense (34.0 points per game) and total yards (439.6 yards per game), thanks in large part to quarterback Dak Prescott and the running back tandem of Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. Prescott is third in the league in passing touchdowns (13) and 11th in passing yards (1,368), while Elliott is tied for second in rushing touchdowns (five) and third in rushing yards (452).
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But the Cowboys are going up against a Patriots team that boasts one of the better defensive units in the game, one that gives up the fifth-fewest points this year (18.4 points per game). Offensively, the Patriots have been unremarkable; quarterback Mac Jones has his work cut out for him against a Cowboys secondary that features NFL interceptions leader Trevon Diggs.
It’s the third tough game for Jones against a quality opponent in four weeks, and though he doesn’t have gaudy numbers, he has done what has been asked of him, executing the Patriots offense as well as any first-year quarterback could have.
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The Cowboys will stay atop their division regardless of the result, while a win pushes New England to .500 and gives them a second straight win. A loss for the Patriots will drop them to 2-4, and could put them even further behind AFC East leader Buffalo.
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Cowboys vs. Patriots live updates, highlights from Week 6
7:17 p.m.: PICK-SIX DALLAS. Trevon Diggs takes it to the house to expand his NFL lead in INTs. Also his sixth straight game with an INT to start the season, closing in on the all-time record. Dallas 26, New England 21 after the two-point conversion attempt. 2:27 remaining in the game.
7:15 p.m.: DALLAS MISSED FIELD GOAL. Zuerlein misses the 51-yard field goal that would’ve given the Cowboys the lead. Remains New England 21, Dallas 20 with 2:36 left.
7:14 p.m.: On third-and-12, Prescott takes off for 11 yards and brings out the field goal unit with 3:34 left.
7:11 p.m.: Dallas gets called for its 11th penalty and 100th total yards on an offensive holding. Drives the Cowboys back to the New England 43 looking at second-and-12.
7:08 p.m.: Following the touchdown, Dallas is looking at third-and-2 from from the New England 44. He finds Cedrick Wilson for a first down to move the chains with 4:40 and counting.
7:03 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN NEW ENGLAND. Rhamondre Stevenson punches it in for his first career touchdown and New England retakes the lead. New England 21, Dallas 20 after a 6:50 drive. There’s 6:23 left in the game.
7:02 p.m.: The Patriots seem to have found something that works with its running game. Looking at first-and-goal after several good runs.
7:01 p.m.: Another big play for New England as Damien Harris barrels through and breaks several tackles for a 22 yard gain on the ground.
7:00 p.m.: New England converts on third down as Mac Jones hits Jakobi Meyers for 11 yards.
6:59 p.m.: New England has crossed midfield and is facing third-and-9 from the Dallas 48 with just over 10 minutes left.
6:56 p.m.: Following the field goal New England calls timeout on first-and-10 with over 11 minutes left, leaving them with just one remaining.
6:50 p.m.: FIELD GOAL DALLAS. Zuerlein nails a 45-yarder and Dallas extends its lead with 13:13 left. Dallas 20, New England 14.
6:48 p.m.: The fourth quarter starts with a bang. Prescott hits Lamb for 27 yards on second-and-11 to reset the downs. Follows that up with three straight incompletions to force a field goal.
End quarter three: Dallas 17, New England 14
6:44 p.m.: After a three-and-out and a punt from New England, it’s Dallas ball at its own 36 to end the third quarter.
6:34 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN DALLAS. No doubt about this goal line play as Prescott hits Lamb in the back of the endzone who drags his feet for the score. Dallas takes the lead with 4:49 left in the third. Dallas 17, New England 14.
6:31 p.m.: A run by CeeDee Lamb gives Dallas a first down and puts the Cowboys inside the red zone at the 16.
6:24 p.m.: Dallas has marched nicely following the punt that backed them up to their own end zone. Prescott hits Schultz for 20 yards and the Cowboys cross midfield.
6:20 p.m.: New England goes three-and-out for its second straight drive after reaching third down just once in the first half. Pats punt it away to the Dallas 9.
6:15 p.m.: Following the punt, New England will take over at its own 42.
6:14 p.m.: Dallas stares at third-and-9 and Prescott fires over the middle but it’s broken up, The two teams trade three-and-outs.
6:10 p.m.: A sack by Randy Gregory forces a three-and-out and New England punts it away. Dallas starts on it own 31.
6:09 p.m.: New England starts the second half at its own 25.
Halftime: New England 14, Dallas 10
5:59 p.m.: Some halftime stats:
The Cowboys ran 41 plays in the first half and amassed 235 total yards. But they were also penalized seven times for 76 yards and are just 1-for-6 on third down.
New England ran 17 plays and is averaging nearly 7.5 yards per play. The Pats have 128 total yards and have also forced two turnovers so far.
5:51 p.m.: New England takes over at the 25 with 1:30 left and no timeouts, effectively drawing the half to a close.
5:48 p.m.: Dallas originally gets called for a TD but after review, it’s overturned. The ruling is that Prescott lost possession crossing the plane and New England recovered it for a touchback.
5:47 p.m.: Prescott tries to sneak it in but comes up short to bring up fourth-and-goal. The Patriots call a timeout.
5:43 p.m.: Prescott hits Cedrick Wilson down to the 1-yard line but Dallas can’t punch it in and is looking at third-and-goal with 2:00 left.
5:39 p.m.: New England can’t convert and they line up to punt but it’s blocked by Dallas. Another defensive/special teams turnover for the Cowboys. Dallas ball from the New England 17.
5:35 p.m.: With 5:21 left in the second quarter, the Patriots are looking at their first third down of the game. They call a timeout looking at third-and-9 from their own 27.
5:32 p.m.: COWBOYS FIELD GOAL. Greg Zuerlein bangs it through with ease from 30 yards out. New England 14, Dallas 10 with 6:39 left in the first half.
5:29 p.m.: It’s third-and-11 from the New England 12 and Dallas comes up just short of a touchdown after the ball is knocked away after the catch. Fourth down coming.
5:26 p.m.: On second-and-10, Dallas converts again, this time on a pass out of the backfield to Elliott. Cowboys are at the New England 26.
5:22 p.m.: The Patriots turn It over after Randy Gregory forces the fumble on the strip sack and the Cowboys recover. Dallas takes over at its own 48.
5:20 p.m.: Mac Jones airs it out and finds Nelson Agholor on second-and-5 for 27 yards. The Patriots are now squarely in Dallas territory at the Cowboys’ 25.
5:14 p.m.: INTERCEPTION NEW ENGLAND. Prescott was looking for Wilson in the end zone but ends up getting picked off. New England takes over at its own 25.
5:11 p.m.: It’s third-and-9 from the New England 16 and Dallas calls a timeout with 12:58 left in the second quarter.
End first quarter: New England 14, Dallas 7
5:07 p.m.: On second-and-11 from the New England 41, Prescott hits Amari Cooper for 11 yards to end the first quarter.
5:06 p.m.: Prescott hits Cedrick Wilson for 44 yards but it’s called back after a penalty. Now first-and-20 for Dallas from their own 40.
5:04 p.m.: An injured player on the field as the game goes to a TV timeout.
4:58 p.m.: The Cowboys are looking at their second fourth-and-short of the day from their own territory. It’s at their 47 and this time its good as Ezekiel Elliott breaks off an outside run and picks up just enough. First-and-10 from right at midfield.
4:54 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN PATRIOTS. Mac Jones hits Hunter Henry to give the Patriots the lead again for the second time this quarter. New England 14, Dallas 7.
4:52 p.m.: Dallas cornerback Trevon Diggs gets flagged for 15 yards. Puts the Patriots on the Dallas 20 and they look to score again.
4:45 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN COWBOYS. Prescott hits tight end Blake Jarwin wide open in stride in the back of the end zone. It’s Dak’s 14th TD pass of the year and it ties the game. He was 6-for-6 to five different targets. Dallas 7, New England 7.
4:43 p.m.: Dallas keeps marching. Three straight first downs on this drive so far.
4:41 p.m.: After the touchdown, Dallas takes over at its own 25.
4:37 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN PATRIOTS. The Patriots line up for a trick play with Damien Harris lining up under center for the snap. He keeps it and barrels through for 4 yards and an early score. New England 7, Dallas 0 with 10:20 left in the first.
4:34 p.m.: The Cowboys lose their challenge. Ezekiel Elliott is ruled down by contact and it’s a turnover on downs for the Cowboys. New England takes over on the Dallas 34 and primed to score early.
4:28 p.m.: Dallas was staring at first-and-20 from its own 15 and they get it all the way down to fourth-and-1. The Cowboys go for it and don’t get it, but Dallas coach Mike McCarthy challenges.
4:26 p.m.: There’s a penalty on the opening kickoff and the Cowboys start at the 12 yard line.
How to watch Cowboys vs. Patriots
- Kickoff: 4:25 p.m. ET | 1:25 p.m. PT
- TV channel (national): CBS
- TV channel (Dallas): KTVT
- TV channel (Boston): WBZ-TV
- Live stream: fuboTV
The Cowboys vs. Patriots game is scheduled to start at 4:25 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast by CBS on Sunday, with KTVT the home of CBS in Dallas and WBZ-TV the network in Boston. You can also stream the game live with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
In Canada, viewers can watch Cowboys vs. Patriots on DAZN, which has rights to every NFL game.
Cowboys schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 9||at Buccaneers (Thursday)||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|2||Sept. 19||at Chargers||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|3||Sept. 27||vs. Eagles (Monday)||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|4||Oct. 3||vs. Panthers||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|5||Oct. 10||vs. Giants||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|6||Oct. 17||at Patriots||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|8||Oct. 31||at Vikings||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|9||Nov. 7||vs. Broncos||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|10||Nov. 14||vs. Falcons||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|11||Nov. 21||at Chiefs||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|12||Nov. 25||vs. Raiders (Thanksgiving)||4:30 p.m. ET||CBS|
|13||Dec. 2||at Saints (Thursday)||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox/NFLN|
|14||Dec. 12||at Washington||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|15||Dec. 19||at Giants||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|16||Dec. 26||vs. Washington||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|17||Jan. 2||vs. Cardinals||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|18||Jan. 9||at Eagles||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
Patriots schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||vs. Dolphins||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||Sept. 19||at Jets||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|3||Sept. 26||vs. Saints||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|4||Oct. 3 (SNF)||vs. Buccaneers||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|5||Oct. 10||at Texans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|6||Oct. 17||vs. Cowboys||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|7||Oct. 24||vs. Jets||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|8||Oct. 31||at Chargers||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|9||Nov. 7||at Panthers||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|10||Nov. 14||vs. Browns||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|11||Nov. 18 (TNF)||at Falcons||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox/NFL Network/Amazon Prime|
|12||Nov. 28||vs. Titans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|13||Dec. 6 (MNF)||at Bills||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|14||Dec. 12||Bye week||—||—|
|15||Dec. 18 or 19 (TBD)||at Colts||TBD||TBD|
|16||Dec. 26||vs. Bills||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||at Jaguars||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|18||Jan. 9||at Dolphins||1 p.m. ET||CBS|