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Bedard: Five things to know when the Patriots take on the overrated Cowboys

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When the Dallas Cowboys visit Gillette Stadium on Sunday, you're supposed to believe this is the toughest test the Patriots will have the rest of the season.

While the Patriots will have trouble running away from many average teams if the opponent doesn't turn the ball over due to the Patriots' offensive limitations — which could make most of the games, to some degree, competitive — don't believe the hype about these Cowboys. They do not measure up.

Here are five things you need to know:

They haven't beaten anyone of substance

While the 2019 Patriots can't exactly run on strength of schedule or the strength of their own victories (the 5-5 Eagles or fluffy Bills are it), at least they have a track record and, you know, the Super Bowl title in their back pocket.

The Cowboys?