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NFL Odds Preview for November 25, 2010: New Orleans Saints (-3) vs. Dallas Cowboys

Written by Matt Stevens   
Monday, 22 November 2010 18:06

New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys betting odds and picksBetting Overview:

The NFL betting experts were disappointed when the NFL scores starting coming in week to week and it became apparent that the Dallas Cowboys were not going to live up to their preseason NFL predictions. Once starting quarterback Tony Romo was injured and backup Jon Kitna stepped in, many of the Dallas fans wrote the Cowboys off for the season. But after head coach Wade Phillips was fired, the Cowboys went on a streak of two wins in a row and now they are looking to play the role of spoiler.

The New Orleans Saints are having problems in the NFL South. The Atlanta Falcons lead the division at 8-2 with the Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tied at 7-3 in second place. The Cowboys have a chance to knock the defending Super Bowl champions even further away from a playoff spot, and that is exactly what the Cowboys would like to do.

Offense:

It was rumored that running back Reggie Bush would be able to play in last week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, but Bush was on the sidelines in street clothes for the game. Running back Chris Ivory stepped in and gained 99 rushing yards against Seattle. But the big story for the Saints was the re-emergence of quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense. Brees threw for 382 yards and four touchdowns against the Seahawks in what many feel is an indication that the Saints offense is ready for the stretch run.

The Dallas Cowboys offense has not been putting up huge numbers since Tony Romo was injured, but the team has been winning. In their win last week against Detroit, quarterback Jon Kitna only threw for 147 yards, but he threw three touchdown passes. Maybe the running game put the passing game into position to score? The Dallas running game only had 91 yards on the ground in total, and 40 of those were from Kitna. It is the Dallas offense taking advantage of what the opposition gives them and then cashing in. It is a simple concept that the Cowboys should have discovered weeks ago.

Defense:

The Dallas defense is ranked 22nd in the league, but in the last couple of weeks the defense has become much better at taking the ball away from an opponent. The defense has been setting up the Dallas offense very nicely the past few weeks, and it has resulted in a couple of wins. The problem is that the Dallas defense is not very effective against the pass, and the passing game is what keeps the Saints going. Drew Brees has the potential to have a field day against a weak Dallas secondary.

The Saints defense has suddenly come to life in the past two weeks or so, and has been smothering opponents. In the last three weeks the Saints defense has given up an average of less than 11 points per game. New Orleans has been effective against the run and the pass, and that could be a two-headed monster that the Cowboys offense cannot handle.

The Bottom Line:

When the Cowboys beat the New York Giants two weeks ago, people started to wonder if the Cowboys would play spoiler to all of the top teams in the NFC. The Giants turned the ball over a lot, and the Seahawks were just ripe for the picking. The Saints do not offer the same opportunities that the Giants and Seahawks did.

BSN Sports Pick: New Orleans Saints

 
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