Cowboys Looking To Get Back On Track Without Romo Versus Saints On Sunday Night Football
The Dallas Cowboys are hoping they can avoid consecutive losses without their starting quarterback. The New Orleans Saints are hoping the return of their starting quarterback can help them get their first win. The Cowboys will visit New Orleans on Sunday Night Football in a game that was expected to feature a premier matchup between Tony Romo and Drew Brees but Romo is out with a broken collarbone and Brees is hoping he can play after missing last week’s game with a bruised shoulder. Brees has practiced this week and said he expects to play but even if he does it might not be enough to win in primetime against a Dallas team looking to get back on track on the road this weekend and avoid dropping to .500.
Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints
Sunday October 4, 2015 – 8:30 PM ET
NFL Betting Line: New Orleans -4.5
Complicating the situation even more for the Cowboys is the loss of star receiver Dez Bryant and the fact that tight end Jason Witten is dealing with a nagging injury as well. The defense was absolutely torched by the Atlanta Falcons last week and while that was the most obvious reason why Dallas lost a game in which they scored 28 points at home with their backup quarterback they could have help themselves out by slowing down the pace of the game and running the football even more. Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden combined for 122 yards and four touchdowns on just 20 carries and they should be in for an even bigger workload this week. Brandon Weeden wasn’t awful by any means as he completed 22-of-26 passes for 232 yards but one of his incompletions was a key interception and it was exactly the type of mistake that the Cowboys need him to avoid if they are going to win this game. The Saints defense has been beaten up three weeks in a row so look for Dallas to pound the ball in order to keep the ball out of Weeden’s hands and keep Brees on the sidelines. New Orleans might have Brees back but they have much bigger problems to worry about than whether or not he or Luke McCown starts. McCown completed 31-of-38 passes for 310 yards on the road against a pretty good Carolina Panthers’ defense last week so he clearly wasn’t the problem but running back Mark Ingram was held to 50 rushing yards and the defense allowed more than 25 points for the third straight week. New Orleans will have a very tough time handling the Cowboys offensive line in this game and that should mean another big game for Randle and McFadden. Meanwhile, Brees could actually hurt the Saints offense if his shoulder injury has a negative impact on his performance and until they address both the rushing attack and their defense it just doesn’t make sense to take New Orleans as a 4.5-point favorite in any game.
Pick: Dallas +4.5
The Saints still have the potential to put up some big numbers against this Cowboys defense but they will struggle on the other side of the football and that should lead to plenty of points on Sunday night. Dallas has the potential to run all over the New Orleans defense again this week and they should put up more than enough points to cover the spread and push this game over the total with a very good chance to win this game straight up.