The New England Patriots offense is on a roll, having scored 30 or more points in 13 straight games. It began with the final eight games of 2010 and continued with the first five games of 2011.
The streak began following a 34-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
The architect of the Browns defense to not only hold the Patriots under the 30 points but under 20 points for only the second time in the last 21 games is new Cowboys coordinator Rob Ryan. Add in the fact that his brother's Rex Ryan's Jets were the only other team to hold them under 20 points during that streak, its safe to assume that the Ryan's know a little about slowing down the high-flying Patriots.
Still a coy coach Jason Garrett wouldn't acknowledge the Cowboys will lean heavily on the Browns game for last season leading into Sunday's matchup against the Pats.
"2011 is different than 2010," Garrett said. "The makeup of their team is different. The makeup of the cowboys team is different than the Browns team in 2010. We watch a lot of tape. The New England Patriots are awfully good on offense. They have been for a number of years. They have a great offensive system They have a great quarterback. They have a number of weapons they can get the ball too in the run game and the passing game. Their offensive line is outstanding. So there aren’t many tapes you turn where they are not having success throughout a game. So we will look at them, study them like we do any opponent. We will do our best to try to corral them, stop them. It really is as good as it is in the NFL."