Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball against the St. Louis Rams at AT

Jakes Takes: Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints

Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) scrambles against the Minnesota Vikings at AT

This is a big game for both clubs who are holding on to slim leads in their respective divisions.  The Cowboys need this win in the worst way but it is going to take a miracle for that to happen.  The Saints have a dynamic offense and a much improved defense.  Rob Ryan gets a chance to show his former team that they made a mistake in firing him in the off-season, you can bet he had this game circled the day it hopped on the schedule.

New Orleans offense has been lighting up opposing defenses all season long and there is no reason to believe that is going to stop on Sunday.  If the Cowboys want to even stay in this game at all they are going to need more than a couple of lucky bounces.  Dallas has had a large advantage in the turnover ratio twice this year, once in the opener against the Giants, which they barely won and once against the Lions, which they lost.  They are going to need more than a turnover advantage, they are going to need a small miracle to pull this one out.

The Dallas defense has had trouble getting pressure on opposing Quarterbacks and couple that with the quick release that Drew Brees possesses and this could be a long day.  The focus for the Cowboys defense should be on Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles, they have to somehow minimize their impact.  That is going to be an impossible task to achieve.

On offense for the Cowboys, they MUST and I repeat MUST run the ball effectively.  They have to give DeMarco Murray a chance to get into a rhythm against the Saints, look for him to get 20+ carries.  Dallas has to try and keep Drew Brees and the Saints offense off the field and keep the crowd out of it.  A good run game and some deep passes is the best way to do that.

If the Cowboys hope to stand a chance then they have to gain a possession or two with an onside kick or a fake punt.  They have to leave it all on the field in this one, Coaches included.  Dallas will need to be aggressive in all three phases to have a shot, and that is long overdue.  Even getting to 8-8 might be tough for this Dallas Cowboys team, the time is now to empty the playbook.

Key Cowboy:  This one is easy, DeMarco Murray HAS to have a big game for Dallas to have a shot.  The Cowboys do not stand a chance in this game with a one-dimensional approach.

Prediction:  I think that the Cowboys have a shot in this one, I just have not been able to envision a way of them pulling this one out in a tough place to play.  New Orleans beats the Cowboys 30-24

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