New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys 9/28/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Cowboys 38, Saints 17
September 28, 2014
Finishing off the weekend action on “Sunday Night Football” was a nice-looking matchup between the Saints and the Cowboys. New Orleans was coming off a 20-9 win over the Vikings in Week 3, while Dallas posted an epic comeback over the Rams. Both teams needed a strong showing here to keep pace in their respective divisions.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the notable players and stats from this game so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll take a look ahead to Week 5 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: This game marked the best the Cowboys can be, and just about the worst the Saints can be. Dallas led the whole way, sparked by a 6-yard Terrance Williams TD pass from Tony Romo in the first quarter.
Things just got mess y from there as Dallas added a nice 51-yard Dan Bailey field goal, then posted a 15-yard DeMarco Murray TD run and another Romo-Williams connection to make it 24-0 at the break.
The Saints sputtered to a 30-yard Shayne Graham field goal on their first drive of the second half, but Murray struck again midway through the quarter to make it 31-3 in favor of Dallas at the end of three.
New Orleans finally got their offense working in the fourth, posting a pair of touchdowns (Josh Hill and Jimmy Graham) but it was too little, too late. Dez Bryant sealed the win with an 18-yard TD catch for a 38-17 Dallas victory that was nothing short of impressive.
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The Stars: Dallas’ defense gets a lot of grief, but in this game they did a nice job of bending but not breaking. The three turnovers (two fumbles, one pick) certainly help.
On offense, Romo continues to get better with each week. He posted 262 yards and three scores, while Murray pushed his stellar season even further with 149 rush yards and two touchdowns.
On the other side, Jimmy Graham (86 yards; one score) and Khiry Robinson (105 total yards) both had statistically solid games.
The Goats: New Orleans was moving the ball (20 first downs) but simply couldn’t finish off drives. The turnovers hurt, as did their defense’s inability to stop the Cowboys in the first half. This team simply can’t play well away from home, and that’s a disturbing fact that’s going to haunt them as they try to find a way to get a playoff spot this season.
Injuries: The big story here is Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne’s knee injury. We’ll have to wait and see what the official verdict is, but thus far it doesn’t look too favorable. He seems to be hurt pretty badly.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 5, both teams will have home games, and both play at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday, October 5. The Saints will welcome the Buccaneers (on FOX) and the Cowboys will host the Texans (on CBS).
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