Sep 28, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan meets with Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett after the game at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Saints 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Staff Writer: Jason Crouch
Prediction: This Sunday’s game looks more important than it did before the loss to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday. At 2-1, Dallas needs the win to maintain their edge in the division, because all of their rivals are one game back at 1-2, and two of them play each other Sunday afternoon.
It’s important to note that last season’s sack leader for the Cowboys, defensive end Jeremy Mincey, should be back in the lineup after missing one game with a concussion. Saints quarterback Drew Brees is increasingly likely to start this game after missing last week with a shoulder injury. However, I have a feeling that he won’t be able to overcome New Orleans’ marginal defense.
If Dallas can build on the first half of last week’s game, when they scored four rushing touchdowns, it could be a long day for the Saints. Based on what they learned last week, when they were outscored 22-0 in the second half, Cowboys coaches will likely try to stretch the field and allow quarterback Brandon Weeden to air it out more.
Both teams should be highly motivated to win:
Dallas wants to keep things on track for the possibility of postseason play while four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo recovers from a clavicle injury for the next few weeks.
The Saints have not won a home game since last October, dropping an astounding six in a row in New Orleans since then. The Cowboys haven’t lost a regular season road game since the 2013 season. At 0-3, the Saints could pull out all the stops in an effort to avoid further embarrassment.
Still, even rife with injuries, Dallas has the more talented squad at this point.
Final score: Dallas Cowboys 27, New Orleans Saints 20
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