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Cowboys Vs. Saints




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It's Week 10 of the NFL season. The Cowboys try to get two games above .500 when they play at New Orleans on Sunday night.
Hawk

The Dallas Cowboys have a big game coming up, with a juicy sideline story for good measure. Dallas takes on the 6-2 New Orleans Saints, with a defense coached by Rob Ryan. The Saints have looked like the better team for most of the year, but did struggle and lose against the Jets last week. Can the Cowboys make it two losses in a row for New Orleans? Here are four keys.

1. Stop Jimmy Graham. Or, more accurately, try to contain him as much as possible. Graham leads the Saints in a few categories, but the big two for me are touchdowns and targets. The Saints have 21 receiving TDs on the year, Graham has 10 of those and missed one game due to injury. Graham is easily Brees' favorite receiver on the team, targeting the TE on 75 passes for the year, 30 more than the next Saint. Will the Cowboys man him up with Brandon Carr, letting B.W. Webb play on the outside when Graham is in the slot?. Will they use a more traditional linebacker/safety combination when Graham is inline?

2. The Saints don't run the ball well, but they sure do pass to their running backs, a lot. After Graham, the two most targeted pass receivers are Darren Sproles (48) and Pierre Thomas (44). This is their de facto running game, but Sproles and Thomas can be explosive catching passes, especially Sproles. Both have four catches of over 20 yards on the season. They have combined for three touchdowns in the passing game. Sean Lee and Bruce Carter, along with Barry Church, have to be smart about covering the running backs and making sure tackles once they catch it.

3. The Saints defense doesn't defend the run well. Even though the Cowboys have had mixed results in the run game this year, and have abandoned it for long stretches, this might be the week to go a little more with the running game. Over the last four weeks, the Saints defense has given up 510 yards on the ground averaging 4.4 yards per carry. The Cowboys should attempt to take advantage of this fact. In the Saints two recent losses, they have been dominated by the opposition's run game.

4. Tony Romo has to play a better game. For all the praise heaped on Romo earlier this year, and that was deserved, his accuracy is flagging recently. Up through the Denver game, his completion percentage was 72%. Since that game, it's been 59%. And it's not all on dropped passes, bad route-running, or pressure - as we saw last week, too many times Romo's making the easy catch into a difficult one. When Romo is on he's almost always leading his receiver to space, lately he's been late with some passes. Romo needs to be razor-sharp in this one
Nightrider

I can see us winning this game, not a real big deal
Desperado

I think we have a good chance of getting a win. After Denver and Detroit I'd love to see us step up and take control.
zigomanis18

I  believe Demarcus Ware is coming back and that is BIG...assuming he can be effective. Otherwise Gentlemen, I simply cannot see our  banged up defense stopping the saints in their home.

I say Romo does well, but we get smothered...45-27.
Hawk

Sorry...I might be dumb...but I'll not ever pick the Cowboys to lose, not since Quincy Carter and the Tuna left.
Nightrider

zigomanis18 wrote:
I  believe Demarcus Ware is coming back and that is BIG...assuming he can be effective. Otherwise Gentlemen, I simply cannot see our  banged up defense stopping the saints in their home.

I say Romo does well, but we get smothered...45-27.


We do have a lot of injuries, but I think we are a better team than the Jets are.
El Kabong

This one is real simple, if Cowboys don't run the ball they lose.
zigomanis18

There will be over 70 points in this game for sure. We barely could beat Minnesota....and Minnesota is light years away from New Orleans.

Really wish I could pick Dallas, but as one stated, we MUST run the ball and have some ball control. We lose if this becomes a shootout.
Hawk

I hate it when we play Sunday night...to long of a wait . I agree Cowboys do have to run the ball.

I think our running backs are ready to go...Murray seems to be healthy, but can our o-line open some holes, that's a big problem!
Hawk

The Saints can kiss my ***....they suck
Nightrider

Add Rob Ryan to that
Hawk

Cowboys should be beating these dough bags easily...what the hell
zigomanis18

Well, so far the Cowboys defense looks overwhelmed. They can't stop Brees, as I predicted.

The good news is the Boys are running well...but 12 yards passing?

Gonna be along night!
zigomanis18

What a f*ckin joke. 49-17..and it could have been much worse.

The Cowboys defense is injured , beaten down and horrible!

They total yards difference was ridiculous...634-193  OMG!

This is the second time the Cowboys have allowed over 600 yards in a 3 game span. Worst defense in the league statistically...HORRIBLE !
Hawk

I turned it on the Western channel at halftime. I could see where the game was headed and refused to watch.

Its bye week so we won't get treated that way next Sunday....lmao

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