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Halftime: Patriots lead Cowboys 13-3

First half notes as the Patriots lead the Cowboys 13-3 in week five.

Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots had some struggles on offense, but due to a strong performance from their front seven, they currently lead the Cowboys 13-3 at halftime of week five.

On offense, there has been one consistent storyline: the offensive line has failed to protect quarterback Tom Brady. He was sacked five total times in the first half. Greg Hardy is dominating the Patriots' offensive tackles. Tom Brady, even when he has been able to get passes off, hasn't had time to get them far down the field.

Dion Lewis has been a strong contributor in the running and passing game with 59 total yards. Julian Edelman is the leading receiver with three catches for 61 yards - including a key catch and run to set up a 57 yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski to close the half.

The Patriots' lone touchdown of the half was a one yard Brady sneak - his first rushing touchdown since 2012.

New England has been dominating the field position battle, which has contributed to them holding Dallas to just three points.

That, and a dominating front seven. The Patriots have been putting a ton of pressure on Brandon Weeden and are winning on the edges against the run. Jabaal Sheard had a dominating half in both areas. In total, Brandon Weeden has just 36 yards passing in the first half. And although he didn't have a turnover, he nearly had an interception thrown to Chandler Jones (who dropped into coverage on a safety blitz, and dropped an easy one).

On the injury front, linebacker Dont'a Hightower went to the locker room after suffering a rib injury. His return is questionable.