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Cowboys vs Saints betting odds – Cowboys will challenge Saints

Posted by Stan Simmons on 12/18/2009 1:50:38 PM

NFL Odds: Pick Colts -3


The Cowboys vs Saints betting odds will feature a second matchup of an undefeated team trying to stay perfect before Sunday rolls around. The Saints have been cutting it close in recent weeks with slim three-point wins over Washington and Atlanta. While the Cowboys have started their annual December collapse, they are still a playoff-caliber team that has the perfect roster to hand the Saints their first loss of the year.

Sportsbook Odds: Saints -7, O/U: 53.5


What’s On The Line?
The Dallas Cowboys (8-5) have lost two straight games and their lead in the NFC West. A couple more losses and they’ll lose their head coach as well. The Cowboys still have a Wild Card playoff spot for now and they need this win far more than the Saints do.

For New Orleans (13-0), one more win gets them home field advantage throughout the playoffs but considering Tampa Bay and Carolina are still on the schedule, they won’t be sweating that out too much. Their goal is to stay perfect and NFL betting fans have heard head coach Sean Payton talk about a perfect season as one of the main goals. They will be taking this game as seriously as they would any other contest.


Offensive Matchups: Cowboys vs Saints betting odds
The Cowboys offense converted just one third down last week and that will spell ultimate disaster this week if they do the same. The Cowboys have a big, powerful offensive line with several running backs that should be able to run the ball and help them control the clock. The Cowboys best defense in this game will be to keep Drew Brees on the sidelines. They have the running game and the short passing game to do exactly that.

For the Saints, they’ll do what they typically do: pick apart the defense. The Saints offense has been fantastic this year. Considering the passing game has so many weapons from Marques Colston, to Robert Meachem, to Jeremy Shockey, to Devery Henderson, they will again be tough to slow down. One caveat is that they have lost rhythm in spurs in recent weeks but keep in mind that both of those contests were on the road.


Betting Edge: Saints


Defensive Matchups: Cowboys vs Saints betting odds
The Cowboys defense got some good news when they heard that linebacker DeMarcus Ware didn’t suffer a serious neck injury last week. They’ll need him this week as they go up against one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. The Cowboys defense has played well in spurts but they haven’t been consistent. The run defense is better than the pass defense, which is the opposite of what they need this week.

Speaking of inconsistent, sports betting fans have to be wondering what is happening to Gregg Williams’ defense in New Orleans. After holding the New England Patriots to just 17 points, the Saints have given up 53 points in their last two games to a supposedly toothless Redskins offense and a Falcons offense that was missing starting quarterback Matt Ryan and starting running back Michael Turner. Injuries have been the culprit but the Cowboys could expose those woes even more.


Betting Edge: Cowboys


Notable Injuries: Cowboys vs Saints betting odds
The Cowboys dodged a huge bullet when they found out that DeMarcus Ware is alright and might even play this week. They’ll need him. Strong safety Pat Watkins sprained his knee last week and will be out for a month and tight end Martellus Bennett is also out for this game because of a concussion.

For New Orleans, they played without two key cornerbacks last week and it looks like Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter may be out again. Linebacker Scott Fujita is still rehabbing from a staph infection and running back Mike Bell is fighting a knee injury.


Betting Edge: Cowboys


Over/Under Picks: Cowboys vs Saints betting odds
The obvious reaction with two high-scoring teams is to take the over but the total is very high. The Cowboys route to victory will be to run the ball, convert third downs and keep the Saints offense off the field. If they follow that strategy, this game will stay under.

Pick: Under 53.5


Outlook and Pick: Cowboys vs Saints betting
The Cowboys have the right tools to play keep away and to keep the Saints offense on the sidelines. If they follow that strategy, they’ll be in this contest. But as per usual, the Cowboys have failures in execution in the month of December and while they’ll keep it close, the Saints will make one or two extra plays that will keep them unbeaten.

The Cowboys will cover but the Saints will win.


STAN'S PICK: Colts -3


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