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Keys to the Game: Cowboys vs. Saints

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Closing Thoughts

Nov 3, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton looks on against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won the game 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Did You Know?

  • This is the 26th meeting between these two teams (Dallas leads the all-time series 15-10)
  • The Saints have won 7 out of the last 8 games against the Cowboys, dating back to 1998
  • The last time these two met was last season (12/23/12), where the Saints were able to win in overtime, after giving up a 31-17 lead to the Cowboys. Dez Bryant torched the Saints secondary (mainly Patrick Robinson) for 224 yards on 9 catches, and Jimmy Graham would make a huge play by recovering a Marques Colston fumble, and the Saints escaped with a Garrett Hartley 20-yard field goal
  • The last time the Saints hosted the Cowboys was 2009, where the Cowboys won 24-17, and snapped the Saints 13 game winning streak. The Saints did rally from a 24-3 deficit, but would be done in by a Demarcus Ware sack/fumble at the end of the game.
  • Drew Brees holds a 3-2 career record over Dallas, has 12TD-4INT, and has had 337.8 passing yards/game in 5 meetings
  • Brees was born in Dallas, TX, and he was actually named after Cowboys WR Drew Pearson.
  • Dallas HC Jason Garrett actually spent part of his 1989 season on the Saints practice squad, and was tutored by Sean Payton during his time as a Giant
  • Aside from Drew Brees, the following Saints have Texas school or collegiate backgrounds: Kenny Vacarro, Justin Drescher, Garrett Hartley, Thomas Morstead, Luke McCown, David Hawthorne, Keyunta Dawson, Khiry Robinson, and Kevin Riddick
  • Mickey Loomis’ son, Alex, is the scouting assistant for the Cowboys

Saints Injury Report

  • QUESTIONABLE: DE Cameron Jordan (Ankle), S Roman Harper (Knee), TE Jimmy Graham (Foot),  DE Tom Johnson (Hip), G Jahri Evans (Hip), S Malcolm Jenkins (Knee), DE Tyrunn Walker (Knee), LB David Hawthorne (Toe), LB Curtis Lofton (Ankle)
  • PROBABLE: RB Darren Sproles (Concussion), TE Josh Hill (Foot), S Kenny Vaccaro (Chest)

Before the start of the season, I ranked this game #6 on my list. The pressure is on for both of these teams, as they have division rivals nipping at their heels to challenge them for division leads.

With the recent struggles, the Saints need this game way more, and get their 4-game stint started on the right foot. I don’t expect this to be a shootout like last season. I’d love to tell you that Rob Ryan gets some sweet revenge, and the Saints blank the Cowboys, or at least blow them out. However, I honestly think it will be a hard fought game between both squads, and in the end, you know who will pull away.

Final Prediction: Saints 27, Cowboys 17

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