Dallas Cowboys Battle the Flu Ahead of Their Biggest Game of the Year in Chilly New England

The biggest game of the season looms this weekend for the Dallas Cowboys. But as they get ready to travel north and east to face the New England Patriots, many Cowboys players have been down and out with the flu.

Temperatures are expected to be in the low 40s at kickoff with rain and snow in the forecast. Some Cowboys players are getting past the flu, some are in the beginning stages and quarterback Dak Prescott is taking preventative medications, according to Calvin Watkins, beat writer for The Dallas Morning News.

"Flu bug has swept the Cowboys this week," Watkins tweeted. "Joe Thomas and Ben Bloom have it. Justin March has a respiratory infection, Jordan Lewis and Xavier Woods just recovered from it. Cowboys gave Dak Prescott some medicine as a precaution for any issues."

The Dallas Cowboys are 6-4 on the season, but none of their wins have come against teams with a winning record. Only the Philadelphia Eagles are among the teams they have beaten that don't have a losing record, as they are 5-5.

The Patriots are 9-1 and hold the best record in the AFC. Led by quarterback Tom brady, the Patriots have won 21-consecutive games in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

With six games remaining in regular season and holding just a one-game lead over the Eagles, every game is important—and beating the Patriots would give Dallas not only a much-needed win to stay ahead, but beating New England would likely give them a push through the final stretch toward the playoffs.

"I just think it's important to lock in on the task at hand every week. The best teams are able to do that," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said in another Morning News report. "It's one day of preparation for that week's ballgame. That's what we try to instill around here. We don't do a lot of reflecting during the year on signature wins or this kind of a win or that kind of a win."

The schedule does not get easier for the Cowboys after their trip to New England. They host a 7-3 Buffalo Bills squad on Thanksgiving Day, and then travel to face the 4-6 Chicago Bears that allow just 17 points a game.

The Cowboys finish the last three regular-season games with the Los Angeles Rams (6-4), who was last year's NFC champion, at Philadelphia for perhaps the NFC East title on the line, and the Washington Redskins at home.

Then there's Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, having his best season so far as a professional. Prescott has passed for 3,221 yards and 21 touchdowns in 10 games, including 444 yards last week against the Lions. He is on ace to surpass the 5,000-yard mark this season, which has never been done in Dallas' illustrious history.

Prescott has been given the flu preventative medication before the upcoming New England trip. Now is time for the travel, time change and temperature drop before kickoff.

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Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys during warm ups before the game against theDetroit Lions at Ford Field on November 17, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images