Preview: New Orleans Saints (1-2) vs. Dallas Cowboys (2-1)
The Dallas Cowboys (2-1) will play against the New Orleans Saints (1-2) tonight, for their second Sunday Night Football match up since Week 10 of 2013, when the Saints manhandled the Cowboys 49-17 at home. The Saints managed to put up 625 yards of total offense, and held the Cowboys to 193 total yards under the lights of the Louisiana Superdome.
The Dallas Cowboys lead the all time series 15-11, even with Saints Head Coach Sean Payton winning four of the last five meetings between the two teams. The last time that the Cowboys managed to edge the Saints, was in Week 15 of 2009, when Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was able to out duel Saints quarterback Drew Brees, throwing for over three touchdowns, and one touchdown, leading the team to a 24-17 victory in New Orleans.
– RB Mark Ingram – OUT – Hand
– TE Ben Watson – QUESTIONABLE – Groin
– LB David Hawthorne – QUESTIONABLE – Leg
– LB Anthony Spencer – QUESTIONABLE – Knee
– DT Henry Melton – QUESTIONABLE – Hamstring
– LB Rolando McClain – QUESTIONABLE – Groin
NO – D. Brees – 83/117, 863 yards, 5TD, 2INT
DAL – T. Romo – 60/89, 674 yards, 4TD, 4INT
NO – J. Graham – 24 receptions, 254 yards, 2TD
DAL – D. Bryant – 20 receptions, 247 yards, 2TD
NO – M. Ingram – 24 rush, 143 yards, 3TD
DAL – D. Murray, 75 rush, 385 yards, 3TD
NO – J. Galette – 2.0 sacks, 11 tackles
DAL – B.Carter – 1INT, 1TD, 14 tackles, 1.0 sack
Last week, both teams were able to win on the road. The Cowboys did it in dramatic fashion, tying their franchise record for largest comeback, beating the St. Louis Rams 34-31, while the Saints dominated the Minnesota Vikings from the jump, winning 20-9.
Surprisingly, the Cowboys won in most statistical categories versus the Saints. Romo threw for over 300 yards, Murray had over 100 yards on the ground. The Cowboys defense did give up over 320 yards through the air, which is a telling sign of things to come in the game against the Saints, and their fifth ranked passing attack.
It’s very to predict a game like this. With so many questions on the Cowboys defense, it makes it easy to pick the Saints in this game. There is no one on the Cowboys defense that can matchup with Saints TE Jimmy Graham, and the Cowboys have allowed 300 yards total offense in their last two games.
The Cowboys defense have been turning things around, even with the plethora of injuries that the team has incurred. The team has managed to force five turnovers in their last two games. It will be interesting to see which Cowboys defense will show up, and which players will be able to play on the Cowboys front seven. That could make a huge difference.
In the end, the Saints will not miss the presence of their injured running back, and Brees will go on to light up the Cowboys in their second home, 42-31.