Patriots quarterback Tom Brady apparently spent part of his bye week doing a little scouting of New England’s next opponent — the following picture was posted to his Facebook account on Sunday evening during the Dallas-New Orleans game.

Back at it tomorrow… All eyes on the Cowboys

Posted by Tom Brady on Sunday, October 4, 2015

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Christopher Price
Brandon Weeden has taken over for the injured Tony Romo in Dallas. (Getty Images)

Brandon Weeden has taken over for the injured Tony Romo in Dallas. (Getty Images)

Part of Bill Belichick‘s job is to never overlook any aspect of an opponent, even if that opponent is significantly undermanned.

When Dez Bryant went down in the Week 1 with a foot injury and Tony Romo was lost to a shoulder injury in Philadelphia the next week, it was widely assumed the Cowboys offense would sit with them. But the Cowboys held on for the win in Philly behind Brandon Weeden and raced out to a big lead against Atlanta before falling apart in the second half in Week 3.

As the Patriots get ready for the Cowboys this week in the heart of Texas, they will be taking apart film on Weeden.

In his first starting assignment after taking over for the injured Romo, Weeden showed early on against Atlanta that he could put points on the board. The quarterback, who will turn only 32 on Oct. 14, completed 13-of-14 passes for 164 yards as Dallas jumped out to a 28-14 lead. The most efficient part of his game was handing the ball off to Joseph Randle, who had three rushing touchdowns in the first half.

“I thought he did a good job for them last week,” Belichick said of Weeden. “It obviously didn’€™t quite work out there but they moved the ball, they scored a lot of points. He did a good job of getting the ball to his outlet receivers, used the backs well.”

But Weeden and the Cowboys went ice cold in the second half, completing 9-of-12 in the second half, with two sacks as the Falcons outscored Dallas, 22-0, to take a 39-28 win.

“They had a lot of production. He’€™s an experienced player,” Belichick said. “They have a great offensive line. They have good skill players. They have really good backs, a lot of depth in their backfield. I think he’€™s done a good job of utilizing those guys. They’€™re a good football team. I know they’€™ve lost a couple key players, but they’€™ll be getting some more guys back next week, and they’€™ve got a lot of players to work with. It’€™s going to be a big challenge for us. They’€™re very good in the kicking game, tough team defensively, and a lot of explosive players on the offensive side of the ball. It will be tough.”

If things don’t work out with Weeden, the Cowboys will turn to former Patriots backup quarterback Matt Cassel, acquired by the Cowboys in the week after Romo’s Week 2 injury. The Patriots beat Cassel in Week 2 of the 2014 season when Cassel started for Minnesota.

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Mike Petraglia
Michael Hoomanawanui

Michael Hoomanawanui

Before moving onto preparing for the Cowboys, Bill Belichick gave some props to a player he dealt away last week.

The Patriots head coach gave props to tight end Michael Hoomanawanui on Sunday during a conference call after he dealt the veteran to the New Orleans Saints for defensive end Akiem Hicks.

“[He] had a lot of position versatility, smart guy. We won a lot of games with him,” Belichick said.

Of course, Belichick wouldn’t have felt comfortable pulling the trigger on the deal if he didn’t feel Michael Williams, acquired in a deal with Detroit in August, hadn’t worked hard to get up to speed.

“I think Mike has done a good job coming in here and learning what we’€™ve asked to him to do in a relatively short period of time, and I think he’€™s got a good future in front of him,” Belichick said. “But again, all that being said, it wasn’€™t like we were looking to move on from Hooman, but you have to give up something to get something. So that was really more of the nature of that trade. I don’€™t think it was necessarily a commentary on, I mean, I feel good about our tight end situation, but again, if you want to get something, you have to give up something, and sometimes that’€™s what you have to do.

“I think Mike has done a good job, and I’€™m glad that we have him, and he’€™s learned. He wasn’€™t playing that position at Detroit. He was playing more of the tackle position, so it’€™s been a transition for him as far as learning what to do and re-acclimating his technique and so forth to the tight end position. He’€™s done a good job of that. It’€™s certainly a credit to him that he’€™s come as far as he has in the past few weeks in terms of making a position change and that type of thing. That’€™s been good, no question about that.”

As Chris Price noted, Belichick has been a wheeler dealer of late, not afraid to pull the trigger on trades if it adds a veteran for depth, even if that veteran is headed for free agency at the end of the season.

“I’€™d say that’€™s definitely true,” Belichick said. “Yeah, no question about it. It’€™s worked out that way. We felt like we could make some moves that would help us, obviously, and we’€™ll see how it all turns out. We felt some players that we’€™ve acquired ‘€“ all those guys you mentioned ‘€“ at the time we did it we thought they would be beneficial for us and they’€™d be productive for us. Some of those guys have, and we’€™ll see how it goes with this new group.”

Last year, the Patriots acquired linebackers Jonathan Casillas and Akeem Ayers, both of whom left the Patriots after winning a Super Bowl.

“I just think they worked out,” Belichick said. “I don’€™t think it’€™s been any, like a big conscious effort on our part, like this is what we’€™ve got to do. If it works out and it’€™s something we feel is beneficial, and obviously you can make it work with the other party, then ‘€¦ You know, we haven’€™t been afraid to trade here through the years, whether it be during the draft or preseason or regular season or whatever it is. I don’€™t think there’€™s ever been a conscious effort to avoid them or for that matter run to them and say well, we’€™ve got to do it.”

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Mike Petraglia
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