Going into the New England Patriots at Dallas Cowboys Week 6 Game in Irving, Texas, I did a little fun research -- just out of curious interest -- comparing certain "parts" of these two successful NFL francises.
Check it out.
Current Record of New England: 5-0 / 1st in AFC East (Div Record: 2-0)
Current Record of Dallas: 5-0 / 1st in NFC East (Div Record: 1-0)
Patriots - after 1st SB win (during year of 9/11), allegedly/supposedly (penned by some writers) America's New Team [Team of the 2000s]
Cowboys - dubbed by reporters in the 70s... and continuing today... America's Team [Team of the 90s]
NE - Little Star on Patriot Hat on Silver Helmet
Dal - Big Blue Star on Silver Helmet
Nickname of New England - Men Fighting With Guns (Patriots)
Nickname of Dallas - Men Fighting With Guns (Cowboys)
Pats' Owner: Robert Kraft - 3 SB Titles as Owner (All during 1st decade of 2000)
Boys' Owner: Jerry Jones - 3 SB Titles as Owner (90s)
New England Head Coach - Bill Belichick (Early Coaching Exp as DC; 2nd Stint as HC; 3-time SB Winner as HC w/Pats; 2-time SB Winner as DC w/Giants)
Dallas Head Coach - Wade Phillips (Early Coaching Exp as DC; 3rd Stint as non-interim HC; DC in multiple stops; No SB Titles)
Side Note: Common Thread - Both Followed Bill Parcells Coached Teams
QB-Tom Brady (6 ft, 4 in) - 6th round draft pick (later rounds) (Associated with Bridget Moynahan/Actress, Gisele Bundchen/Model). Led Patriots to Three SB Titles; Revived/Established NE.
QB-Tony Romo (6 ft, 2 in) - Undrafted rookie (Associated with Jessica Simpson/Pop Music Vocalist, Carrie Underwood/Country Music Artist). Week 6 Tilt vs Pats will be his 16th game as starter of Cowboys; Revived Dal to best reg season start at 5-0 since 1983.
Top WR: Randy Moss - All Pro Big Playmaking WR Vet (3rd NFL Team) (History of insubordinate player behavior) (outspoken) (bouts with the law)
Top WR: Terrell Owens - All Pro Big Playmaking WR Vet (3rd NFL Team) (History of insubordinate player behavior) (outspoken) (bouts with coaches & players)
NE Two-headed monster RB - Laurence Maroney/Sammy Morris
Dal Two-headed monster RB - Julius Jones/Marion Barber III
Side Note: Common Thread - Both Maroney and Barber played together on the collegiate level @ the University of Minnesota.
Patriots Young Talented Starting TE - Ben Watson (Georgia/SEC)
Cowboys Young Talented Starting TE - Jason Witten (Tennessee/SEC)
Pats Starting O-Line - All Built Through Draft
Boyz Starting O-Line - 3 of 5 starters acquired via Free Agency -- Only Starters Andre Gurode (C) & Flozell Adams (T) came via the Draft
New England Defensive Scheme - Belichick 3-4 (Emphasis on Bigger Front Seven)
Dallas Defensive Scheme - Phillips 3-4 (Attacking/Speed Emphasized)
Premier Patriots CB - Peaking Asante Samuel (4th round draft pick)
Premier Cowboys CB - Peaking Terence Newman (1st round draft pick)
NE Hard-Hitting Strong Safety - Vet Rodney Harrison
Dal Hard-Hitting Strong Safety - Vet Roy Williams
Best Playmaking LB for Pats - Young ILB Adalius Thomas (obtained via free agency)
Best Pass-Rushing LB for Boys - Young OLB DeMarcus Ware (obtained via the draft)
New England Starting D-Line - All Three Current Starting Downlinemen Acquired via the draft (T. Warren/V.Wilfork/R.Seymour or J.Green)
Dallas Staring D-Line - All Three Current Starting Downlinemen Acquired via the draft (C.Canty/J.Ratliff/M.Spears)
4 Patriots Starting LBs - 3 of 4 Signed thru Free Agency (Vrabel/Thomas/Colvin played on previous teams; Bruschi only "home-grown" selection)
4 Cowboys Starting LBs - 3 of 4 "Home Grown" (Ware/James/Spencer or Ellis were high draft selections; Ayodele only signed thru free agency)
2nd starting WR (NE) - Donte' Stallworth (former #1 WR in Philadelphia) (Prior History of Injuries; Dubbed by some "The Human Hamstring Pull")
2nd starting WR (Dal) - Terry Glenn (currently injured & will not play in Wk 6; former #1 WR in Dallas/New England) (Prior History of Injuries; Dubbed by Former HC "She")
3rd WR (Pats) - Wes Welker (Experience as Punt Returner)
3rd WR (Boys) - Patrick Crayton (Experience as Punt Returner) (Due to Terry Glenn injury, Crayton is currently the 2nd starting WR).
New England Placekicker - Stephen Gostkowski (2nd year; 4th-Rnd Draft Pick)
Dallas Placekicker - Nick Folk (Rookie; 6th-Rnd Draft Pick)
Patriots Punter - Chris Hanson (Signed as FA this year/Previously with Jacksonville)
Cowboys Punter - Mat McBriar (Undrafted/Signed as FA in 2004/4th Season with Dallas/Previously with Denver)
Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.