The New Orleans Saints now have a genuine pursuer and challenger in the NFC South Division. The Carolina Panthers, once felt to be a non-factor in the 2013 NFL season, have won four straight games to move to 5-3, one game back of the 6-2 Saints. This isn’t just a big game for a 5-4 Dallas team that has to try to beat back the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East. This is a huge contest for the Saints as well. New Orleans must try to outwork the Green Bay Packers for a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs. A lot more intrigue is part of this game and its backdrop when compared to a week ago.
Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints
Sunday, November 10th – 8:30 PM ET
Superdome – New Orleans, LA
Odds: New Orleans -7.5
Why The Cowboys Can Cover The Spread:
They should be able to rush Drew Brees and make him uncomfortable. The Cowboys’ defense has been a lot better in recent weeks. Keep in mind that Dallas should have beaten the Detroit Lions in late October, but committed a baffling late holding penalty that enabled Detroit to mount a last-minute comeback. If not for some terrible mistakes on offense, the Cowboys’ defense would be looking even better right now; that same defense stepped up and make key stops in this past Sunday’s close win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Speaking of terrible mistakes on offense, it’s not as though the Cowboys can’t fix this problem. Dallas is so talented on offense that if these players – following a few error-filled performances against Detroit and Minnesota – can hit their stride against New Orleans, they can certainly put up more than 30 points and force the Saints’ offense to be at its very best. Tony Romo showed his team that he can produce in the clutch. His game-winning drive against Minnesota reminded his advocates and detractors that he is entirely capable of carrying this offense on his back. Now that he has changed the mood of his team’s locker room with some late-stage heroics, Romo could be ready to play at a high level once again in this game versus New Orleans. The climate-controlled environment should be conducive to great passing, and Romo will have a chance to make a statement against Drew Brees. That’s why the Cowboys can at least cover the spread.
Why The Saints Can Cover The Spread:
Their defense can set the tone for this game. New Orleans, a lot like the Seattle Seahawks, plays so much better at home than it does on the road. The Saints, with a home crowd behind them in the Superdome, should be able to fly around the field on defense and use adrenaline to their distinct advantage. It will be hard for Romo and the rest of the Cowboys to hear each other on offense, and that could cause just enough disruptions for the Saints to feast on. New Orleans should be able to regroup after that bad loss to the New York Jets and regain its winning ways at home.
The Cowboys are always capable of greatness, but they so often fail to live up to their potential or their standards. This is a game in which New Orleans is likely to play with a much better and more focused mentality. Bet the Saints here.
Pick: New Orleans -7.5