Can the Cowboys finally beat Brady?

Brady is 6-0 against the Cowboys in his career .

If the Cowboys are going to finally beat Brady and become the first team to repeat as NFC East champions since the 2003-04 Philadelphia Eagles, the defense – not the offense – will have to be the centerpiece.

For most of the past decade, if not more, the Cowboys’ larger-than-life expectations came from having a star-led offense that was the envy of many teams across the league. Since Tony Romo became the starter in 2006 (replaced by Dak Prescott in 2016), the Cowboys’ offense has ranked in the top half of the league in scoring in 12 of 16 seasons — and within the top seven in eight seasons.

The defense, on the other hand, was mostly asked to do just enough.

Maybe it is fitting Brady is the first test for the Cowboys' defense this season.

No other quarterback with a minimum of five starts against the Cowboys has a better record than Brady. In fact, only one other quarterback has an undefeated mark with at least five starts against Dallas, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. It just so happens to be Brady’s childhood hero, Joe Montana, who went 5-0 against the Cowboys.

History says Brady will win Sunday. But maybe the Cowboys are due.

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