2014 NFL Week 4 - Saints vs. Cowboys Betting Odds Preview

Line: Saints -3

On Sunday night we have a matchup of two teams that have had surprising and eventful starts to the season. The Dallas Cowboys started the season with a loss and have since won 2 straight games. They struggled for much of the first half and went into the locker room down 21-10 at the half against a depleted Rams team. In the second half they were able to match their franchise record for a comeback in the 34-31 win. It was the 21st time that Tony Romo has led his team to victory after being down in the fourth quarter or overtime. It helped that the Rams had several miscues including an easy dropped touchdown pass on offense and allowing star wide receiver Dez Bryant to get wide open off of a blown assignment for a touchdown pass. They find themselves at 2-1 and despite not being recognized as a legit contender they find themselves in a good position in the NFC. The Saints started the season off with tough loss to the Falcons and an unexpected loss to the Browns. They rebounded last week, getting their first win over the Vikings with a 20-9 victory. They were able to produce a 13 point first quarter but other than that they have been unable to consistently show the explosive offense they are known for.

Brees had 2 scoring touchdown passes to Josh Hill and Marques Colston but otherwise they struggled as an offense overall. The team misses running back Mark Ingram who broke his hand in week 2 and will be out of a few more games. He is a hard nosed in between the tackles runner that they are lacking. Rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks led the team with 8 catches for 74 yards. Jimmy Graham was held out of the end zone but still had 6 catches for 64 yards. The Cowboys are the ideal opponent for a team that is looking to find its offensive flow. They have struggled on defense for the vast majority of the past few years and this season appears to be no different.

The Cowboys do have a featured running back in Demarco Murray and he had 100 yards rushing on 24 carries in last weeks comeback win. They were led in receiving by the two most reliable pass catchers they have had for the last few seasons in Dez Bryant who had 6 catches for 89 yards and a touchdown and Tight End Jason Witten who had 4 catches for 49 yards. Romo did not have a big statistical day going 18/23 for 217 yards and two touchdowns, but he did show unexpected poise in sticking to the running game when down by 21 points and not forcing throws that weren’t there. The commitment to Murray and the running game overall will be key for setting up their play action pass game which can be the best in the league when the offense is clicking.

Pick: Saints -3

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