The Patriots (2-3) come into Week 6 hoping to avoid going winless in their first four home games of a season since 1993.
But the 4-1 Cowboys and stellar quarterback Dak Prescott will put that goal to the test when they come to Gillette Stadium for their non-conference matchup.
Can New England grab its first statement win of the season against Dallas? Or will the Patriots’ early-season malaise continue with another home loss?
Follow all the action here in Boston.com’s live game day blog.
3:35 p.m.: Warmups are for getting the kinks out, of course. But if these warmups are any indication of what will happen in the game, field goals might be an adventure today.
A few sources, including NBC Sports Boston’s Phil Perry, reported the normally reliable Nick Folk had an erratic pre-game session, “spraying” the ball more than he typically does.
Folk had his franchise record of 36 straight field goal makes snapped against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but got back to his accurate ways against the Houston Texans.
Hopefully he just needed to get a feel for the swirling wind.
3 p.m.: New England has released its inactive list ahead of game time, headlined by starting right guard Shaq Mason.
Joejuan Williams’s inclusion on this list bodes well for Jalen Mills’s return to the lineup after missing last week’s game.
Rookie running back Rhamondre Stevenson should see a steady role for the second straight week as J.J. Taylor stays inactive.
Meanwhile, starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn will be active against Dallas after coming off the COVID list on Saturday. Whether or not he plays/how much he plays remains unclear.
2:37 p.m.: The Patriots might get some good news on the offensive line — well, about as good as it can be at this point.
Justin Herron, who started last week at left tackle but was limited in practice this week with a back injury, is warming up at Gillette Stadium prior to the game.
With Trent Brown still out, Herron is likely to get a start at one of the tackle spots again. The question is: which one? Isaiah Wynn has been activated off the Reserve/COVID-19 list but hasn’t practiced all week.
If Wynn can’t go today, Herron will likely start on the left side again with Yodny Cajuste manning right tackle. If Wynn plays, Herron probably gets first crack at right tackle.
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