Patriots’ keys to victory over the Cowboys

Foxborough, MA - 10/08/15 - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) has been getting good protection from his offensive line. The New England Patriots practice in Foxborough. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Michael Whitmer, Topic: 09Patriots, LOID: 8.1.4009433237.

An in-depth look at Sunday’s matchup, as the Patriots try to make it four straight wins.

// Jabaal Sheard is doing his share in Patriots rotation

The defensive end is not only playing with purpose, he is giving Ninkovich and Jones a breather.


// Shaq Mason already one of Patriots’ top run blockers

The versatile rookie lineman came from an option-oriented offense at Georgia Tech.

// Report: Tom Brady’s guru accused of making false claims

The FTC is accusing Alex Guerrero of impersonating a doctor and making unsubstantiated claims that his products cure concussions and cancer.

// Patriots’ defensive tackles can make a big difference

Having a rotation at the position keeps players fresh and capitalizes on their strengths.

Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee (50) lines up against the New York Giants in an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee cleared to play vs. Patriots

Lee passed his concussion protocol and participated in Dallas’s practice on Friday.


// Nothing new from ‘Roger the Dodger’

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell eludes questions like Julian Edelman slips through defenders.


// Patriots give Dion Lewis contract extension

The deal adds two years to the running back’s contract and could keep him in New England through 2017.

// Despite Cowboys’ injuries, Bill Belichick wary of Sunday’s opponent

The “best offensive line in the league” and two returning defensive players make 2-2 Dallas no pushover, the Patriots coach said.

Patriots Notebook

Tom Brady shrugs off Greg Hardy’s comments

The Patriots quarterback said his only focus is on Sunday’s game against Dallas, not trash talk.

Running back Lance Dunbar was one of the latest Cowboys to go down, suffering a season-ending knee injury  against the Saints last Sunday.

Brynn Anderson/Associated Press


Banged-up Cowboys appear outgunned against Patriots

An analysis of Dallas game film doesn’t give much reason to expect that they can compete Sunday.

// Versatility name of the game for Patriots secondary

Replacing Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Kyle Arrington, and Alfonzo Dennard requires a group effort, and coach Bill Belichick has attacked it multiple ways.

NFL Notebook

// Bills’ LeSean McCoy could be out another month

Buffalo’s star running back remains slowed by a left hamstring injury.

Colts 27, Texans 20

// Andre Johnson helps Colts defeat his former team

Johnson had two touchdown catches as the Colts won on Thursday night.


// Dolphins fire defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle

Miami (1-3) ranks last in the NFL in rushing defense at 160.5 yards per game.


// Josh McDaniels tackles unknowns in practice

The job of the Patriots offensive coordinator this week is to familiarize himself with an unfamiliar foe in Dallas.

// Cowboys’ Garrett, Weeden keeping a positive outlook

The Dallas coach and quarterback are confident heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Patriots.

Patriots notebook

// Patriots center Ryan Wendell returns to practice

Wendell was forced to sit out 2½ weeks, following what the team described as an “illness.”

// Patriots’ long snapping is in good hands with Joe Cardona

It has been smooth sailing at the position with the Naval Academy graduate handling the duties.

Bill Belichick reiterates support for expanded challenge ability

In the wake of Monday night’s blown call, the Patriots coach may gain support for the notion of having replay available for most plays.

Belichick era database


// Patriots during the Bill Belichick era

Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.

From the archives

Super Bowl XLVI

// Giants break Patriots’ hearts again

Look back at complete coverage of the Patriots' loss loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

Past seasons

2013 season recap

// An ugly end in Denver

Track the high and low points of the Patriots’ 2013 season before their eventual loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game.