New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys NFL Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/28/14
New Orleans Saints (1-2) at Dallas Cowboys (2-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Stadium)
The Line: Dallas Cowboys +2.5 -- Over/Under: 52.5 See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Cowboys host the New Orleans Saints for an NBC Sunday Night Football showdown featuring some of the league's biggest offensive stars..
The New Orleans Saints enter this game with a 1-2 record, with both losses coming on the road against the Falcons and Browns. Quarterback Drew Brees is more than doing his part with the second best completion percentage in the league with 863 passing yards and five TDs, but the defense is lacking under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s direction ranking 29th in the league while allowing 278.3 yards per game through the air. The Saints certainly have the weapons to win a shootout though with TE Jimmy Graham leading the team with 24 receptions for 254 yards and a TD and receivers Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks adding 303 yards combined receiving. Running back Mark Ingram won’t play, but Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson are each solid in the backfield.
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The Dallas Cowboys have managed to work their way to 2-1 after getting demolished by the 49ers to start the year, most recently taking down the Rams 34-31 after trailing 21-0 in the second quarter. QB Tony Romo has shown instances of being hampered by injury, but he’s also made some big plays as well with help from WR Dez Bryant who has 20 catches for 247 yards and two TDs thus far. DeMarco Murray has also been fueling the Cowboys’ success with 385 yards rushing averaging 5.1 yards per attempt, three rushing touchdowns, and eight receptions for 62 yards. Defense always seems to contribute to losses for recent Dallas teams and this year doesn’t look much different with pedestrian rankings of 21st and 16th against the pass and run respectively.
The Saints are 0-2 straight up and against the spread on the road to start the year but they look to be the better overall team and coaching staff against a Cowboys organization that almost finds new ways to fail. I am firmly on the Saints here and recommend a play in a parlay if not straight up.