Dallas' special teams will struggle

Updated: October 10, 2007, 10:48 AM ET
By Marwan Maalouf
Special teams may be the deciding factor in the New England versus Dallas matchup this Sunday.

The Cowboys' kicking specialists have the advantage over Patriots' kicker Stephen Gostkowski and punter Chris Hanson. This is in large part because of Dallas rookie kicker Nick Folk showed the nation on Monday night that he can kick a clutch 53-yard field goal not once, but twice after having the last-second freeze pulled on him. Plus, Cowboys punter Mat McBriar went to the pro bowl last season. McBriar isn't putting up the pro bowl numbers he had last year, but he still has a powerful leg and places his punts inside the 20-yard line well for the Cowboys.