NFL Odds And Lines Week 6: Cowboys Vs. Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 9: BenJarvus Green-Ellis #42 of the New England Patriots celebrates with Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots after he ran the ball into the end zone in the second half against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday as seven-point favorites. The over-under is set at 55 points in a game that could quickly turn into a shootout.

The New England Patriots will look to keep their streak of consecutive games with 30-plus points alive when they host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. They may have to, going up against another potent offense led by quarterback Tony Romo and the possible return of Miles Austin from a hamstring injury. The Pats are seven-point favorites in a game in which 91 percent of users over at Odds Shark are taking the over set at 55 points.

Of course, it should go without saying that the Patriots have one of the best offenses in the league. You should know about Tom Brady and Wes Welker already, but a running attack led by BenJarvus Green-Ellis (with some Stevan Ridley) is averaging over 128 yards per game, good for sixth-best in the league. It's a good thing the offense is clicking, because the defense is giving up a league-worst 433 yards per game through five weeks.

The Cowboys' defense has done a better job slowing down offenses, giving up 291 yards per game. They haven't done much better curtailing scoring, allowing 25.3 points per game compared to 23.8 for the Patriots. The Cowboys are minus-4 on the year on turnovers, thanks in part to five Romo interceptions in four games. Still, with a week to rest Dallas will be much healthier this week and should be sharper in a game that could turn into a track meet in a hurry.

Odds Shark has more Week 6 NFL odds and lines. For more coverage on this week's game, visit our Cowboys blog Blogging The Boys  and our Patriots blog Pats Pulpit.

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