This week, the Cowboys will be on the road to face the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have a 6-2 records and have been hot this season. Drew Brees is leading a strong offense as usual and we’ll be facing a familiar foe on defense. Former Cowboys defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, has made some great improvements over the Saints defense. The Saints are a Super Bowl contender this season; can the Cowboys play to their level?
This could be a nightmare matchup for the Cowboys passing defense. The Cowboys are currently ranked second last in passing yards per game, giving up 305.2 yards per game. The Saints have the third best passing defense in the league. On paper, this doesn’t look good for the Cowboys. However, yards are a very small indicator when examining an effective defense.
I’ve learned from Madden that if you want to win the game, you have to score more points than your opponent. That’s basic football. Despite giving up the second most yards per game, the Cowboys are 15th in points allowed. This is a bend-don’t-break defense. We are going to give up yards, but we’re going to make it difficult for our opponents to score on us.
One stat that he haven’t focused much on is interceptions and forced fumbles. The Cowboys are only behind the Seahawks and Broncos for most interceptions. Everyone knows the Saints are going to be passing a lot, so this means there will be more chances for the Cowboys to get interceptions. The Cowboys are also tied for third in forced fumbles. We all know that this defense likes to force turnovers, but lately we’ve been more focused on how many yards this defense has given up.
The solution to beating the Saints is not holding them down to low yards. If we want to win, we have to get turnovers and make the most of it. The Cowboys showed that they can compete with the best, let see if they can do it again this week.