New Orleans Saints (1-2) at Dallas Cowboys (2-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 28, 2014, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Dallas Cowboys +3 -- Over/Under: 53
The New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys play Sunday night at AT&T Stadium.
The New Orleans Saints have looked anything but impressive to begin the season, which includes a 20-9 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. A lot of the Saints main issues start on the defensive side of the ball, as their pass defense is ranked 29th in the country and the entire defense is allowing 369.7 yards per game. And unlike past years, the Saints aren’t making up for i with big plays, as they’ve forced just one turnover and four sacks. Curtis Lofton leads the Saints with 24 tackles and Junior Galette has two of the team’s four sacks. Rob Ryan better get his defense is order if the Saints are going to make a playoff push. Offensively, Drew Brees is completing 70.9 percent of his passes and the running game is averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Mark Ingram has actually gotten off to the best start of his career with 143 rushing yards. Simply put, the Saints are still explosive offensively but have major concerns defensively.
The Dallas Cowboys made a tremendous comeback to beat the St. Louis Rams and seem to be finding their groove after two straight road wins. All of a sudden the Cowboys have become a rushing team, as DeMarco Murray has 385 rushing yards and three runs of 20 or more yards, helping Dallas average 4.9 yards per carry and ranking third in the league in rushing. That type of production has taken a lot of stress off of Tony Romo, who is completing 67.4 percent of his passes for four touchdowns and four interceptions. Dez Bryant has caught 20 of his 27 targets and the Cowboys have six passing plays that have produced 20 or more yards. Defensively, the Dallas Cowboys are allowing 360.3 yards per game and have forced five turnovers and three sacks. Bruce Carter leads the Cowboys with 19 tackles and Rolando McClain has 15 tackles and a sack.
I think everybody is still trying to get a feel for these two teams. Are the Saints really as bad as they’ve looked and can their defense improve? Are the Cowboys really going to be OK on defense and can they create enough plays offensively to win games? Both of these teams have defensive concerns. However, the Cowboys seem to play a lot better in the bigger games, while the Saints are dreadful on the road. I don’t 100 percent love the pick, but I think Romo and company make enough plays to win this game.