Observations from the cheap seats: Saints drop the Cowboys

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(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints vs Dallas Cowboys wasn’t necessarily what we had in mind, but no one left upset after a 12-10 victory.

A few special days on the Who Dat Nation calendar… Christmas, when the schedule is announced, when you season tickets show up, and when the Saints beat the Falcons and Cowboys.

If you told anyone that in any two weeks with Sean Payton as coach, the New Orleans Saints would score only three offensive touchdowns, they’d think you were lying. And if you continued to say the Saints won both of those games – well, they’d think you spent too much time on Bourbon Street.

But it happened, and my goodness was it sweet.

After winning in Seattle, one of the most difficult road venues for any NFL team, the Saints returned home to face an undefeated Cowboys team.

The Cowboys slipped by the Saints last season in Dallas in a defensive battle. It wasn’t expected to be such a defensive game last year, with two very good offenses facing off. Likewise, this season wasn’t exactly expected to be a low scoring affair.

But when the Saints have a defensive performance like Sunday night’s, all things are possible.

It has been well documented that the Saints have not won a game without a touchdown since 1998. A Saints team playing defense as they did against the Cowboys Sunday night would be a formidable opponent for any team.