The 2-1 Cowboys will travel to New Orleans to take on the 0-3 Saints after both gave away second half leads last week while also playing without their star quarterback. Dallas lost to the Falcons last week after blowing a 28-17 Halftime while the Saints lost 27-22 after leading 16-10 early in the third quarter. Tony Romo will be out until at least week 11 with a Broken Collarbone while Drew Brees was able to practice this week and is expected to be the return this week after missing the first start of his career last week.
Defensively, the Cowboys couldn’t stop the run or the pass last week against Atlanta as they allowed 39 points. Falcons Running Back Devonta Freeman exploded for 141 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also caught 5 passes for an additional 52 yards giving him 193 total yards on the day. Wide Receiver Julio Jones also had a big game by catching 12 passes for 164 yard and 2 touchdowns. Offensively, backup quarterback Brandon Weeden was mediocre. While he completed 22 of 26 passes for 232 yards, he didn’t throw any touchdowns but did throw an interception. The loss of receiver Dez Bryant in week 1 to a broken foot has limited the Cowboys ability to make the big plays. They only had 1 offensive play go for more than 25 yards in this game and have only 3 plays on the whole year which went for more than 25 yards. Running back Joseph Randle had a very big day rushing for 87 yards and 3 touchdowns including a 37 yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
For the Saints, this was the first game in Brees career he didn’t start and backup Luke McCown did a decent job managing the game as he threw for 315 yards and completed 31-38 of his passes. He wasn’t able to find the end zone and did throw a very costly interception in the 4th quarter with the offense at Carolina’s 23 yard line. New Orleans had 9 different receivers catch passes led by Brandin Cooks, who had 7 receptions for 79 yards. Defensively, they allowed Cam Newton to throw for 315 yards and 2 touchdowns while also allowing him to rush for 33 yards and another touchdown. His favorite target was Tight End Greg Olson who caught 8 passes for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns. Drew Brees will be making his return this week and in in the 2 games he has played this year, he has thrown for over 600 yards and 2 touchdowns but also 2 interceptions.
The Dallas Cowboys have lost 8 of the last 10 matchups against the Saints but won last year’s game convincingly 38-17. New Orleans is 0-3 against the spread this year while Dallas is 2-1. The Saints are big favorites this week at home and the return of Brees. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be rocking but the Cowboys should be able to keep the game close.
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