In 2021, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb had a career game and a game-winning catch in overtime against New England. What will Lamb’s game against the Patriots look like on Sunday?
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CeeDee Lamb Expecting Double Teams Against Patriots
Lamb read the New England defense like a book in their last meeting in October 2021. The wide receiver grabbed nine catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
“It was a pivot point for me in my career,” Lamb said about the game. “I got 150. I haven’t really touched that again, but it was a great game.”
Lamb has put up 273 receiving yards so far this season, and after such a performance in 2021, he said he expects to see a double team on Sunday against New England.
“It’s bittersweet to get doubled, very bittersweet,” Lamb said. “It means you’re doing something right, but it also means they’re trying to take away from you being productive in the game. We obviously have a plan for it, but yeah, I’m expecting to see a double team.
“I’m not necessarily a one-dimensional receiver, I wanna be anywhere, everywhere, line up on every route.”
It’s worth noting that Bill Belichick’s squad has added more talent and developed players on the defense quite a bit since their last meeting with the Cowboys. Additionally, several question marks remain for the Cowboys’ offense, with a lack of depth on the offensive line and ongoing struggles in the red zone.
Solving Red-Zone Issues
A key factor in this week’s matchup for the Cowboys is their red-zone offense. The team is moving the ball down the field effectively, but things tend to come to a halt within the 20.
Against the Arizona Cardinals last week, the team scored only once in five red-zone trips. On the season, their 15 trips to the red zone are the most in the NFL, but they have only scored a touchdown on six of those trips.
“We gotta score; we have to score. It’s not a secret,” Lamb said. “We have no problem getting to the red zone. Moving the ball has been real good for us; we’ve been real consistent in that. But then getting to that red zone, it’s like everything kind of shuts down. We gotta do a better job getting it in the end zone, finishing off drives, and rewarding our defense.”
After last week, the red-zone offense has been a major point of focus for the team. Head coach Mike McCarthy said they would spend more time on it during practice this week.