The Worksheet, a fantasy football overview by Rich Hribar, breaking down everything you need to know for the Week 6 Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots Sunday afternoon game.

DallasRank@New EnglandRank
26.8Implied Total22.8
23.414Points All./Gm18.45
62.213Opp. Plays/Gm62.415
6.53Off. Yards/Play5.127
6.329Def. Yards/Play5.16
30.23%2Opp. Rush %46.79%29
69.77%31Opp. Pass %53.21%4
  • The Cowboys have two or more takeaways in nine straight games dating back to last season, the longest streak for a team since the Bears in 2012.
  • Dallas has scored 35 or more points in three consecutive games for the fifth time in franchise history and the first time since 2014.
  • The Cowboys are the last remaining undefeated team against the spread. 
  • The Cowboys lead the league in points per play (.503).
  • The Patriots are 26th in points per play (.308).
  • 63.6% of the New England scoring plays have been field goals, the highest rate in the league.
  • The Patriots are last in the NFL in converting 37.5% (6-of-16) of their red zone possessions for touchdowns. 


Dak Prescott: Prescott has posted four games with 20 or more points to open the season with three in a row. He has just been in the bag to open the year and is running hot in the touchdown department, throwing nine touchdown passes on just 80 pass attempts (11.3%). 

The Patriots’ defense was incredible against Tom Brady two weeks ago, but then came back and allowed 10.0 yards per pass attempt and three touchdowns to Davis Mills last week. Brady is the only QB1 on the year that the Patriots have faced and still sit third in the league in passing points allowed with the Mills game added in. 

New England has not blitzed a lot and that would be advisable here even though teams keep trying to send heat at Prescott. Prescott has been blitzed on 39.7% of his dropbacks, the highest rate in the league. Against the blitz, he is averaging 8.1 yards per pass attempt with an average depth of target of 10.1 yards with nine of his 13 touchdown passes.

Prescott has only thrown the ball 26.8 times per game the past four weeks and I am not sure the Patriots’ offense can push them to pass a ton here, either. With the reduced passing volume, Prescott has been the QB6-QB12 in four of his starts, which is the area to treat him in again. 

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