The Cowboys are ranked fourth in total defense, but they haven't played an offense like the Patriots yet. New England is ranked first in total offense. They have scored at least 30 points in 13 consecutive games.
The Cowboys see Tom Brady and the Patriots as both a challenge and an opportunity to show they are one of the top defenses in football.
"They are really fundamentally sound and don't make any mistakes," Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware said. "They don't make turnovers. They don't throw many interceptions. They are always doing everything right. You've got to do some things on defense to take them off kilter. You have to make them one dimensional and stop their timing in the passing game."
The Cowboys know they have their hands full, but they're hoping the Patriots feel the same about them. They have had a good season so far.
"You play in this league, and you’re a competitor and obviously this is going to be a challenge for us," Cowboys defensive end Kenyon Coleman said. "We’re looking forward to it."
Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was the Browns defensive coordinator last year when Cleveland beat New England. Brady completed only 19 of 36 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns in that game.
Coleman and safety Abe Elam were on that Browns team.
"We are all confident," Elam said. "We feel we can go and give this team a good game. We are looking forward to this one."
-- Charean Williams