The Cowboys are on somewhat of a mini roll, at least in the context of the way this season has been for them, as they get set to face the Saints on Thanksgiving. Certainly a stiffer match up than this previous week with the Lions, the Boys must now find a way to cool a Saints offense that has been heating up in the past few weeks much the way they were able to last season.
Greg Williams will likely bring the heat with his aggressive defensive style in an effort to disrupt, despite his nice run to the end zone this past week, an immobile Jon Kitna. And it’s very likely that the Saints will be looking to throw the ball all over a still suspect secondary. It’s also safe to say that the Saints haven’t forgotten the lose they suffered at the hands of the Cowboys last season that ended their unbeaten streak. With the game last year, Sean Peyton’s ties, and a Saints blowout of the Boys last time they were in Dallas, there is a bit of history between these 2 teams coming into this game.
The Cowboys have shown a new commitment to a balanced offense and more importantly a featured back in Felix Jones, who they will likely look to this week to keep the New Orleans defense honest. What has been great to see is the spreading of the ball around to Dallas’ talented core of receivers that teams should have a extremely difficult time keeping up with when they are all properly involved in the game. Just as important though, is the involvement of Jason Witten in the offense as more than a blocker.
On defense Dallas will have their own hands full with Drew Brees and company. Marques Colston is coming on strong after a slow start to the season, and Robert Meachem, another slow starter, is getting hot. An important player to key in on is New Orleans rookie tight end Jimmy Graham who has filled in well for an injured Jeremy Shockey. At 6-6 and with great athletic ability, Graham will be tough for the Boys to key in on, especially against a team know for spreading the ball effectively.
Much like last season, Dallas will have to at least slow the Saints offense to have a chance to pull off their 3rd victory in a row.
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Written by David Willow
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