Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints 11/10/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: New Orleans Saints 49, Dallas Cowboys 17
November 10, 2013
The Week 10 edition of “Sunday Night Football” promised to be a great game. We were treated to a matchup between two of the NFL’s most talented quarterbacks in a preview of potentially playoffs-bound teams. The Cowboys came into New Orleans riding the wave of a victory over the Vikings in Week 9. Meanwhile, the Saints were looking to defend their home turf and reestablish dominance after a loss to the Jets. It’s pretty safe to say they did that.
Let’s take a look at the important plays and players from the game so that we can figure out why things happened the way they did. Afterward, we’ll take a closer look at Week 11 so we can see what’s on tap for both teams.
What Happened: Drew Brees and the Saints were cooking all night, shredding through the Cowboys defense like tissue paper. Things started off rather modestly, with the Cowboys hitting the scoreboard first on a 37-yard field goal. Brees and company struck back with a 22-yard TD pass to Marques Colston to cap off the first quarter. Dallas took a brief lead early in the second with a DeMarco Murray rush TD, but after that things fell apart. The Saints rattled off three unanswered touchdowns from Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles, helping themselves to a 28-10 halftime lead.
After the break, New Orleans got back to it on a TD run from Mark Ingram. Dallas would respond shortly thereafter with a pass TD to Terrance Williams, but it would be the last time they’d get on the scoreboard. Two more fourth quarter touchdowns from Kenny Stills and Pierre Thomas would make the final score a lopsided 49-17.
The win brings the Saints to 7-2 and keeps them atop their division. The Cowboys fall to 5-5, further muddying the waters of the ugly NFC East.
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The Stars: It seems like just about every Saint got in on the offensive action. Brees finished with 392 yards on 34-of-41 passing and four touchdowns, at one point connecting on 19 consecutive throws. Ingram had 145 rush yards and a score; Thomas had 87 and a score. Colston (107 yards, TD) and Sproles (76 yards, TD) led the way through the air. All together, the offense accounted for an NFL-record 40 first downs in a display of what the offense can do when it comes together.
Defensively, this was a bounce-back game after a sub-par effort in Week 9. Rob Ryan’s gang held the Cowboys to just 189 total yards and picked up three sacks.
The Goats: Nothing went right for Dallas. After getting DeMarco Murray involved in the first half (he finished with 89 rush yards and a score), they abandoned him in favor of a comeback effort, which obviously didn’t pan out. In a sign of their struggles, the offense went 0-for-9 on third downs.
It was even worse on the other side of the ball. The struggling defense allowed 625 yards (a franchise record) and a whopping 80 plays to New Orleans. They came just eight yards shy of allowing yet another 400-yard passer this season.
Injuries: Neither team did so well in the injury department. For the Saints, Benjamin Watson and Kenny Vaccaro left the game.
As for the Cowboys, Dwayne Harris left the game and Justin Durant came out with a hamstring issue. DeMarcus Ware also re-aggravated his quad injury.
The biggest loss, however, is the team’s leading tackler Sean Lee. He’ll be out 3-4 weeks with a hamstring injury.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 11, the Cowboys can focus on getting themselves healthy and ready for the final part of the regular season. They’re on a bye.
Meanwhile, the Saints will get another home game against a tough opponent. The 49ers will be coming to town (November 17, 4:25 PM ET on FOX).
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