2. Defense limiting Dak Prescott through the air
Since New Orleans’ win against the Seattle Seahawks, the Saints have allowed at least 23 points in every game.
That trend continued against Dallas with the Cowboys putting up 27, buoyed by the return of wideouts CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper to the lineup.
But the Saints’ defense limited Dak Prescott to 238 passing yards, recording a sack and interception as well.
It’s difficult to name just one standout on the D, since every defensive effort is truly a team performance.
Kwon Alexander led the team with nine tackles on Thursday, followed by P.J. Williams and Marshon Lattimore with eight each. Lattimore also got the team’s sole interception:
Dallas had all their stars on display in Week 13. Along with Lamb and Cooper, Michael Gallup and Dalton Schultz also served as highly reliable passing targets, but New Orleans did well to lock down the backfield for the most part.
Despite the Saints’ recent losing streak, their defense is not at fault here. That much is clear.