December 22, 2012 in Saints Game Previews
New Orleans may be out of the playoffs but they have a chance to hurt Dallas’ hopes this Sunday. Currently in a three way tie with the Redskins and the Giants, Dallas desperately needs to win this game against the Saints. New Orleans won’t let down easily, though, as they are coming off a 41-0 victory over the Buccaneers. Drew Brees still has a lot of fight in him and won’t give up until week 17 is over. Still, this game means very little to the Saints besides where they will draft in next March.
Dallas is currently playing their best football of the season. They are on a 3 game winning streak and have won 5 of their last 6. Their last two wins have come against two tough teams as well in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. However, their last 5 games have been decided by a TD or less. If this indicates anything, expect a close match this Sunday. Even against lesser opponents Dallas has struggled to gain separation.
Dallas’ offense is built similar to the Saints. They have an elite passing game, but a quarterback that is prone to mistakes. Tony Romo has thrown for over 4000 yards but 16 interceptions as well, 13 of which have come in losses. They have also lacked a solid running game all year. That is a bit of surprise for Dallas though, who lost Demarco Murray for a good part of the season. The major difference between the Cowboys and New Orleans is the defense. Dallas hasn’t had an elite D, but have played well enough to keep them in ball games. The same can’t be said about the Saints whose defense has taken them out of several games. Still, New Orleans has won 6 of their last 10, and likely would be fighting for a playoff spot if they had not started so poorly. Look for the Saints to play a hard fought game.