By Clarence E. Hill Jr.
Irving _ To put it mildly, the Cowboys (2-2) are "psyched" to face the New England Patriots (4-1) on Sunday and plan to throw everything including the "kitchen sink" at quarterback Tom Brady.
The Cowboys see this as an opportunity to gain some momentum following the bye and make a statement against one of the league's elite teams.
"A win would be big," safety Abe Elam said. "They have been playing well. We have been trying to improve. It will put us where we want to be.'
Said linebacker DeMarcus Ware: "Because of last year people wonder if we are a fluke team and if we can get the job done. We have been trying to prove peopel wrong and get that credibility back. This is a game you can get it back quick."
The Cowboys are feeling good about their chances because of the presence of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan who was the last man to shut down Brady and the potent Patriots attack. It was last season when Ryan the coordinator in Cleveland when his defense stopped New England cold in a 34-14 victory.
New England has scored at least 30 points in the 13 games since but the Cowboys are feeling good that similar game plan, combined with better players will be the Patriots' Kryptonite again.
Ryan is certainly walking around the team's Valley Ranch headquarters confident and fired up. He passed by a few reporters today and said jokingly, "Get those cameras out of my face."
"He's psyched,'' safety Abe Elam said. "I know I am as well. I look forward to the challenge.
"Coming in, everyone is building them up to be the greatest team out there. As a competitor, that is what you look forward to.'
"We didn't have a DeMarcus Ware and we didn't have a Terence Newman (in Cleveland).Those guys stand out.
Elam should know considering he was in Cleveland with Ryan last year, as was defensive end Kenyon Coleman.
The Cowboys will almost certainly change some things up but the premise will be the same, disrupt Brady will with different looks and different coverages and put pressure in his face.
"Against Brady, you have to keep his mind going all the way down to down to when the clock strikes zero," Ware said. "That's what we're going to try to do. They moved around a lot. They weren't just sitting ducks and let Brady sit back there and pick them off the whole time."
Said Coleman: "We had them out there thinking. We brought our 'A' game."
Coleman said Ryan plans to bring that and more on Sunday, considering the upgrade in talent on the Cowboys.
"Pretty much the kitchen sink, to put it lightly," Coleman said of the Cowboys game plan.