Thursday Night Football Preview - New Orleans Saints @ Dallas Cowboys

Nabeela Damji
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Thursday, November 29, 2018


After the turkey and food coma from last week, the Saints and Cowboys are back at it again on Thursday Night Football.

The last time the Saints had a win streak this long was in 2009. It was a 13 game streak that was ended by none other than the Cowboys. Greeeaaaat. Also the Saints won the Super Bowl that year, but I mean the past is in the past right????

The Saints lay their 10-game winning streak on the lone tonight when they come marching into Cowboys territory, and they’ll have to face the NFL’s leading rusher in Ezekiel Elliott, who has at least 120 yards on the ground for in Dallas in each of their last three games. On the other hand, the Saints lead the league in rushing defense (Y’ALL NOLA HAS A DEFENSE NOW), allowing 73.2 yards per game. They are also allowing opposing runners to gain just 3.6 yards a carry, a tie with DA Bears for best in the league. Elliott has also made QB Dak Prescott better in the productivity area of life, helping him reach a 70.7 percent completion rate, with three TD’s and no interceptions.

Dallas’ defense is allowing 19.4 points per game, third best in the NFL and no team has scored more than 28 points against them this season.

Enter Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, Michael Thomas, or anyone Brees sweats near or stares at for more than .2 seconds. Brees leads the NFL with a passer rating of 127.3 and has completed 76.4 percent of his passes with 29 TDs and two interceptions. The Saints o-line has allowed its QB to be sacked just 11 times this season, tied for fewest in the NFL.

The Saints lead the NFL with a scoring average of 37.2 points per game, and have scored 30 more in five straight, all thanks to Drew Brees and whoever he breathes on that night. They rank fifth in total yards, and sixth in both rushing and passing yards. They have also scored on a league leading 61% of their drives.  That is the highest rate for any tea since the schedule expanded to 16 games in 1978.  The current record is 53%, held by the 2007 Pats. So to sum up, the offense is #fire.

New Orleans has their second longest winning streak in franchise history on the line tonight, and can clinch their second NFC South Championship as early as this weekend.