Keys to the Game: Cowboys vs. Saints

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Nov 3, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) is met by New Orleans Saints defenders at the line of scrimmage during the first half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won the game 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Saints were not happy with their showing on defense last week, as they were ripped up in the run game at the hands of the former Saint, Chris Ivory.

“We’re not down, We know the kind of players we have in the locker room and what kind of coaches we have. When we do play efficient football and execute, there’s not too many teams that can play with us.” – Curtis Lofton

My big key here is simple. Keenan Lewis, you’re up. This is why we brought you over, to match up against a guy like Dez Bryant. Between him & Jason Witten, these are the two big threats on the night.

The other part of the equation? Make Tony Romo have a bad game, which is something that has failed to happen this season. Romo is on pace for his best season yet, and has a 20TD:6INT ratio currently. His worst game this season was against the Eagles, where the Cowboys won 17-3, but Romo went 28/47, 317 yards, TD, and 2INT. I say it weekly, but it remains to be true, get after Tony Romo. The Vikings were able to sack Romo 3 times last week, and I don’t have to tell you, but Romo can be quite elusive. Cam Jordan should be the difference here, as he’s been off the radar a bit, but when you’re not 100%, it shows up.

What to Watch For: The status of David Hawthorne & Curtis Lofton. Both were held out of practice Friday, and should either or both miss this game, it would be a huge loss for the Saints. You would like to think it’s strictly precautionary, but behind both of them? Will Herring, Kevin Riddick, and Ramon Humber. I’m not saying they aren’t talented, but everyone knows the value of the Lofton/Hawthorne duo, or at least you should. Given the film study, you can expect that the Cowboys want to use Demarco Murray as much as possible in the run game, or least that will be what they’d like to accomplish.

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