Most of the build-up and hype this week has been about the NE v. Dallas offenses. Both putting up lots of points and that makes for more compelling story lines, not to mention the more interesting characters are the QBs and the dueling 81s at wideout. Most of the score predictions, from experts to this PatsFans MB, are predicting a higher scoring game--Dallas in the mid-high 20s or 30s. Like a Pats-Colts style shootout of recent vintage. But, IMO, this game has the potential to be a HUGE statement game for the Pats defense; not a complete shutdown but pretty close. I picked Dallas to only get 9 points in the score contest. Here are a few reasons why: 1. NE defense has huge pride and they want to show they are potentially as devastating as the offense. 2. You look at the def lineup, esp. w/ Rodney back, and in some ways it is even more of a star-filled collection of really smart players and playmakers than the offense. 3. Dallas offense is so erratic, haphazard, unpredictable. They just seem like the prototype of the kind of "high powered" offense that the Pats D knows how to annoy, confuse, frustrate, outthink, make one dimensional, etc. If Dallas offense goes bad, I think they REALLY go bad. 4. I'm just not sold on Romo at all. I see him and this Dallas offense MUCH closer to Rex Grossman and the Chicago Bears offense after 5 games last year. Remember them? They were racking it up at the beginning of the season, in spite of Rex, but the truth inevitably came out.