Buoyed by a sensational comeback at St.
Louis last week, the Dallas Cowboys get a chance to avenge a
humiliating defeat from a year ago when the New Orleans Saints
come to town for a prime-time matchup Sunday night. The Cowboys
erased a 21-point deficit to beat the Rams 34-31 but now must
brace for a matchup against Drew Brees and the Saints, who
blitzed Dallas 49-17 last season. New Orleans has won three
straight versus the Cowboys but it is also riding a five-game
road losing streak.
While the Saints have struggled a bit offensively the past two
weeks, the Cowboys should be a welcome sight for Brees, who
threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns while completing 19
consecutive passes in last season’s debacle. Dallas allowed a
franchise-record 625 total yards in the slaughter and has
surrendered an average of 37.7 points during its three-game
skid against New Orleans. The Cowboys had some off-field drama
in the wake of Sunday’s dramatic win, with cornerback Morris
Claiborne bolting the team for one day upon learning he lost
his starting job.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: Saints -3. O/U:
LINE HISTORY: Both the spread of the Cowboys
+3 and the total of 53 have yet to move since opening.
INJURY REPORT: Saints – CB Patrick Robinson
(Ques-Hamstring), LB David Hawthorne (Ques-Ankle), C Jonathan
Goodwin (Ques-Leg) Cowboys – DT Terrell
McClain (Ques-Concussion), DE Anthony Spencer (Ques-Knee), LB
Rolando McClain (Ques-Groin), DT Henry Melton (Ques-Hamstring).
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Saints (-3.25) +
Cowboys (+1.0) + home field (-3.0) = Saints -1.25
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Saints off their first
win this season and are road favorites for the third time this
year where they are 0-6 ATS going back to last season. Dallas
rallied from 21-0 deficit to beat St. Louis despite getting
outgained by 108 yards. Cowboys 2-10 ATS at home vs. teams with
losing road record.” Covers Expert Matt Fargo
ABOUT THE SAINTS (1-2 SU, 1-2 ATS, 2-1 O/U):
New Orleans squandered a 13-point lead to Atlanta in the season
opener and was victimized by a last-second field goal at
Cleveland in Week 2 before holding off Minnesota 20-9 last
week. Still, the Saints bogged down on offense after scoring
touchdowns on their first two possessions and saw a 13-point
deficit whittled to four before Brees tossed a scoring pass to
Marques Colston early in the fourth quarter. Tight end Jimmy
Graham has a team-high 24 catches to go along with two
touchdowns and rookie wideout Brandin Cooks has lived up to the
hype with 18 receptions. Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas will
continue to split carries after leading rusher Mark Ingram
suffered a foot injury in Week 2.
ABOUT THE COWBOYS (2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS, 1-2 O/U):
Tony Romo threw for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns last
week for Dallas, which didn’t abandon the ground game despite
the three-touchdown hole. That resulted in another big day for
running back DeMarco Murray, who ran for 100 yards and a score
on 24 carries to become the fifth player in league history to
begin a season with 100 yards rushing and a touchdown in each
of the first three games. Dez Bryant, who has 20 catches for
247 yards and a pair of scores, torched New Orleans in an
overtime home loss in December 2012, catching a pair of
touchdown passes and establishing a career high with 224 yards
receiving. Dallas is 21st in total yards allowed (360.3) after
ranking dead last in 2013 (415.3).
*Under is 6-0 in Saints last 6 games following a S.U. win.
*Cowboys are 7-20 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
*Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
*Underdog is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings.
COVERS CONSENSUS: 61.76 percent of Covers
users are backing the Saints -3 and 71.3 percent are taking the