By the time night time falls on the west coast, we should know if the New Orleans Saints will continue their path to perfection or if the Dallas Cowboys were able to put an end to their December swoon.
The Cowboys come into this evenings contest with an (8-5) overall record and are in dire need to win in order to remain in the playoff hunt. With a loss tonight, they will certainly have to hope for a New York Giants to lose on Monday Night Football against the Washington Redskins in order to keep pace in this complicated wild-card race.
Quarterback Tony Romo has played exceptionally well this December, which includes 5 touchdown tosses, no interception and 641 yards through the air. Romo will indeed have to put all the talk of his teams loom and gloom behind him if he wants to help his squad be successful, as well as become the first team this season to add a loss to an undefeated team’s record. He has the potential to lead the Cowboys to victory, but can he do it?
In order for the Cowboys to be successful and win this game they need to score points on every single drive. Between the Giants and Chargers, the Cowboys have not done so well with putting points on the board, nor has their offensive weapons, including halfbacks, (Marion Barber, Tashard Choice and Felix Jones), as well as an array of receivers, (Miles Austin, Roy E. Williams and Jason Witten) played to their full potential. This offense needs to be on the same page every play in order to take advantage of a weak Saints secondary.
On the other side of the ball, New Orleans Saints have been terrific, unstoppable and displayed very few flaws, but have allowed some blue prints for Dallas, Carolina and Tampa Bay, which are the teams that remain in their way toward perfection. If Dallas was smart, possibly they have looked at the various game films when the Saints played against the Dolphins, Falcons and Panthers, which showed how keeping this explosive offense off the field could come in handy.
Quarterback Drew Brees will have a field day against this up and down Dallas Cowboys secondary, which means Dallas needs to have their defense focused or else they could be in for a long Saturday evening. Brees is currently ranked second in touchdown passes this season, but if he can find his favorite targets, which includes Marques Colston, Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem then the Super Dome will become even more electric than it has been in the past few weeks.
Overall, this game has the makings for a true classic and even a possible upset, but it all relies solely on the shoulders of each member of the Cowboys roster. If Sean Payton can have his way again against his former squad, which he did in 2006, surely he will be the happiest man on the planet. Look for lots of touchdowns through the air, a controlled running game by both sides, as well as possibly some turnovers, which will dictate the final outcome.
PREDICTION: New Orleans Saints 41 – Dallas Cowboys 24