Cowboys vs. Saints: Final Score Predictions

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Sep 28, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) runs after a reception in the fourth quarter against New Orleans Saints safety Rafael Bush (25) at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Saints 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

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One of our most we’ll received articles is always our staff predictions for games. I’m happy to announce that tradition continues below. P.S. If you’d like to read more articles by the writer, simply click on their name. Enjoy!

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Prediction: After a terrible showing against the 3-0 Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, I believe the Dallas Cowboys defense will rise to the challenge this weekend when facing the winless New Orleans Saints at home. And the conservative gameplan surrounding back-up quarterback Brandon Weeden will be loosened up a bit to include more looks downfield.

The Saints defense struggles against both the pass (22nd) and the run (26th). So if the Cowboys can duplicate the success they had from the first half of the Atlanta game, in which they scored four rushing touchdowns, Dallas should be just fine.

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The one lingering detail that could put a monkey wrench in the Cowboys plans is whether Saints veteran quarterback Drew Brees will play or not. The 36-year old veteran has been limited in practice again this week, dealing with shoulder injury that caused him to miss the Saints last game, a matchup against the surging Carolina Panthers.

If Brees plays, he will likely be less than 100% physically.  And New Orleans struggled with him under center in their first two games of the season anyway. If Brees is out, then back-up quarterback Luke McCown will take his place. McCown had a very-Brandon Weeden-type performance against the Panthers in last week’s defeat. The long-time back-up completed 31 of his 38 passes for 310 yards and one interception in the loss.

The biggest threat to Dallas is likely going to be running back Mark Ingram. Coming off a 141-rushing yard, three touchdown gashing by Falcons back-up running back Devonta Freeman last Sunday, Ingram could be primed to do the same to this humiliated Cowboys defense. The last time he faced off against Dallas, back in November of 2013, the former Heisman winner recorded 145 yards and one touchdown on the ground. But Ingram has yet to rush for more than 53 yards in a game so far this season.

Despite what Ingram might or might not do, I still believe the Cowboys will ultimately finish what they started against Atlanta, and should defeat the Saints in the Superdome on Sunday Night Football.

Final Score: Dallas Cowboys 38, New Orleans Saints 23

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