New Orleans Saints vs Dallas Cowboys Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 11 – 29 – 2018




New Orleans Saints vs Dallas Cowboys Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 11 – 29 – 2018

New Orleans Saints (10-1) vs Dallas Cowboys (6-5)

Date : 11/29/2018
Time : 8:20 pm EST
Location : AT&T Stadium, Irving, Texas

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

New Orleans Saints vs Dallas Cowboys

The New Orleans Saints will travel to AT&T Stadium in Irving, Texas, to battle the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night NFL football action beginning at 8:20 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The New Orleans Saints are coming off a huge division win over the Atlanta Falcons  on Thanksgiving Day by a 31-17 score to where they got four touchdown passes from Drew Brees on only 171 yards passing on the night. The Saints defense, on the other hand, held Atlanta to only 26 yards rushing for the night while sacking Matt Ryan 6 total times during the contest.

On the other hand, the Dallas Cowboys came one step closer to  picking up the NFC East crown as they were able to pick up a 31-23 home win over the reeling Washington Redskins in their last time out as they are now in first place within the division after picking up 289 yards passing from Dak Prescott along with two touchdown passes in addition to Ezekiel Elliott rushing for 121 yards rushing on the night with a TD.  The over has been the play in the last four meetings amongst these two teams in Irving, Texas, while the home team is 4 – 1 ATS the last 5 meetings, overall.

 

New Orleans Saints's Latest Performance :

The New Orleans Saints continue their winning ways in their last win over the Atlanta Falcons at home as Drew Brees continued his hot streak for the season in throwing four touchdowns to four different receivers along with a pick on a night where he only racked up 171 yards in the air. Dan Arnold led the Saints in receiving with 45 yards on 4 catches along with a TD while Michael Thomas  had 38 yards on four catches in the all-important win. For the year, Drew Brees has thrown for over 3,000 yards while also having a touchdown interception ratio of 29 – 2 for the season. In fact, Breeze threw only his second interception in his last matchup versus the Atlanta Falcons.

On the other hand, the Saints defense has also been as solid as ever, particularly in stopping the run, as they are ranked first in the league in giving up only 73 yards per outing in 2018. And while they have been stung within the passing games more than a few times this year in ranking 30th in the league in defending the pass, the Saints continue to allow opponents to rack up less than 400 yards per game in addition to giving up just 23 points per outing, overall. Look for the them to really attempt to show and prove in this game versus a confident Dallas team that continues to pick up wins while also looking to hold on to the first place slot within their respective NFC East Division recently.

 

Dallas Cowboys's Latest Performance :

After beginning the season at 3-5, the Dallas Cowboys have rebounded nicely in which to win their last three games with their last victory coming over division foe Washington Redskins at home as the Cowboys picked up the eight point win behind a powerful rushing attack with Elliot along with  timely and critical passes throughout the game from quarterback Dak Prescott. In the last five games for the Cowboys, Prescott has threw for well over 200 yards in each contest while his QB rating has remained at 85% or better during this time. Finally, Prescott’s touchdown-interception ratio has increased to 6 – 1 during this time. On the other hand, Elliott rushed for 100 yards or more in his third straight game versus Washington as he picked up a score in each of these contests.  In all, the Dallas Cowboys seem to be clicking on all cylinders these days, just in time for a visit from the high-scoring New Orleans Saints on Thursday, who have been an offensive juggernaut in 2018.

Nonetheless, the defense for the Cowboys continue to keep opponents offenses at bay as they are allowing an average of around 24 points per game as they dominated the Redskins their last time out in allowing just 80 yards on the ground along with 251 yards from Colt McCoy during the contest. McCoy also threw two touchdown passes in defeat for the Redskins yet had three costly interceptions as well. Again, the Dallas defense certainly played an opportunistic and aggressive game versus Washington last weekend. Most importantly, they will look to play a similar type of game versus a team in New Orleans that can really put up chunks of points rather quickly.

 

How New Orleans Saints & Dallas Cowboys Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

New Orleans is 9 – 2 ATS while the OU is 5-6

Dallas is 6 – 5 ATS while the OU is  5 20- 6

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This will certainly be an exciting game as you will have two teams, who desperately needing to continue their winning ways, squaring up against each other on Thursday night NFL action. On one hand, the Saints have dominated opponents both at home and on the road this season as they are not only 5 – 0 for the season but are 5-0 ATS  during these games as well. The Dallas Cowboys are 3-0 ATS in their last three games while winning 4 of their last 5 home games, overall. Look for the Dallas Cowboys to attempt to get their rushing game established early on in this matchup; However they will certainly have problems in doing so as the Saints will certainly  utilize their top ranked rush defense in which to neutralize Ezekiel Elliott throughout the matchup. On the other hand, the Saints will look to test the 12th rank pass defense for the Cowboys as they were solid in their last outing versus Washington.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:  New Orleans Saints - 7.5

My reason for the pick :

 

 

While much credit can be given to the Dallas Cowboys for battling back from a potentially disastrous season, the fact is the New Orleans Saints are playing stellar football at this time. Their matchup with the Cowboys will certainly be an interesting one early on, however, look for Brees and company to crank up their passing game while keeping the defense for Dallas off-balanced with a punishing rushing attack led by Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, who combined for 15 rushes along with 127 yards versus the Falcons. In all, expect the Saints to perform well, yet again, as their defense will certainly be pivotal in the much-needed victory.

 

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Over

My reason for the prediction :

 

I will back to over in this contest as both teams will certainly put some points on the board throughout. In addition to this, look for Dallas to attempt to pass the ball a bit more in this contest as the Saints have been solid in stuffing the run all season. Of course, Elliot will certainly be a force during this contest, however, Prescott will certainly need to use his arm and legs in which to make even more plays for the Cowboys on Thursday. With that being the case, look for the score to balloon throughout the course of the game as Prescott will build off of the momentum of his last outing in finding opportunities within the past secondary versus a shaky Saints defense.

Betting trends for New Orleans Saints:

  • The Saints are 5-0 ATS  in last 5 year old games

  • The Saints are 3-0 ATS  in last three games versus NFC East

  • The over is 6-4 in Saint’s last 10 games

Betting trends for Dallas Cowboys:

  • The Cowboys are 5-2 ATS  in last 7 games

  • The over is 4-0 in Cowboys last for home games

Falepa

A sports analyst and enthusiast, Filipa enjoys writing articles for NHL, NBA, NCAAB, and, of course, for NCAAF. In addition, he enjoys the true art of breaking down games in such as way as to locate certain trends that can impact future contests. With a willingness to research, construct, and relay information that any reader can understand, Filipa aims to provide the reader with interesting & indepth knowledge for upcoming sporting events.