Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints: 7:30 PM CST, NBC, Live Stream and More
Date: November 10
Kickoff Time: 7:30pm CDT
TV Channel: NBC Sunday Night Football
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
This game has great potential to get really ugly, really fast. The Dallas Cowboys and their struggling defense travel down to the Big Easy to take on the high-flying Saints. The Saints are easy favorites because of one player – Drew Brees
Brees is having a fantastic season so far. If it wasn’t for Payton Manning’s epic rebirth, everyone would be talking about Brees for league MVP. He spreads the ball evenly across the field forcing defenses to pick their poison. When in doubt, the ball often gets dunked down to one of the Saints many versatile RBs. Jimmy Graham provides a mismatch everywhere on the field and requires constant double teams.
This Cowboys defense (that recently made Christian Ponder look good) will have their work cut out for them. Their only hope at success is to force turnovers and pray the Dallas offense scores 40 points. Speaking of the Dallas Offense…
While the Dallas Offense statistically ranks high, the reality is they have been struggling as of late. The recent loss of OG Brian Waters has all but destroyed the running game – a running game the Cowboys desperately need to rediscover if they want to keep Drew Brees off the field.
To start, Murray and the running back corps will get their carries whether they can successfully run or not. The Cowboys just can’t afford to be one-dimensional again (Referring to last week when they rushed only 9 times). Look for some draw plays in an attempt to keep the defense honest.
By the second half, Dallas will shift into Shoot-out Mode and abandon the run game. Expect Rob Ryan to blitz creatively but not recklessly. He knows Romo hates blitzes up the middle and will focus the pass-rush accordingly.
Prediction: Dallas 28 New Orleans 34
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