In search of a better outcome this Thursday, the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints get the Week 13 betting slate started in a crucial NFC tilt. Both teams saw their losing streaks extended on Thanksgiving with the Saints falling below .500 with their fourth straight setback. With several starters hurt and a third-string QB taking snaps, the Saints were hammered 31-6 by Buffalo.
It looks like Trevor Siemian is the guy moving forward for the Saints, but they’ve yet to win a game with him as their starter. I guess things weren’t so bad with Jameis Winston. The Boys have lost two in a row, though they still have a comfortable lead in the NFC East. They hit the board as a 6-point favorite on the NFL betting line.
The Week 13 game between the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints will take place at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, LA at 8:20 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 2 and will be televised on FOX and NFL Network.
Dallas Cowboys vs New Orleans Saints Odds
Dallas Cowboys -6 | New Orleans Saints +6 [BET NOW]
Dallas Cowboys vs New Orleans Saints Over/Under
Over/Under 47 [BET NOW]
The Cowboys lost their second straight game and third in four outings, 36-33, to Las Vegas in overtime on Thanksgiving as a 7-point favorite. After opening the season with seven consecutive payouts the Boys have dropped their last two ATS and are 1-3 ATS in their previous four.
That may have prevented them from being a bigger favorite in this one. Dallas opened laying 6-points and the line has remained steady. The Saints were in good shape following their Week 8 win over Tampa Bay. But injuries have piled up and they’ve dropped all four since then going 1-3 ATS. They were blown out in the last two games falling by 11 at Philly and by 25 to Buffalo. The total opened at 47.
After scoring just nine points and failing to reach the end zone against Kansas City, the Cowboys found their offense last week. It still wasn’t enough to overcome a porous defensive showing and numerous penalties. Missing his top two receivers, Dak Prescott managed to throw for 375 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That was a good sign. However, the offense was still lacking. A good chunk of Prescott’s yardage came on four plays that each went for more than 30 yards and totaled 156 yards.
Even more alarming was their inability to run the football. Facing a defense that allowed over 150 yards on the ground the previous week, the Cowboys mustered just 64 yards on 20 attempts. Sure the defense is improved, but Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott need to be better than they have been for Dallas to enter the next level in the NFC. While it looked like they were headed there just a few weeks ago, the club was exposed in the last few games.
Allowing 509 yards of offense last week was bad enough, but the Cowboys added to their misery by committing 14 penalties that cost them 166 yards. Anthony Brown was flagged four times for defensive pass interference, one in overtime that led to the game-deciding field goal. One thing the Cowboys can’t do on Thursday is give Siemian and the Saints’ struggling offense additional opportunities.
New Orleans Saints
Both teams are dealing with injury/COVID issues that will leave the lineups looking much different. The Saints were without Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram last week and it looks as though they may take more time recovering. Siemian needs all the help he can get and he didn’t have the bodies last week. Tony Jones had 27 of the team’s 44 rushing yards and Siemian threw for 163 yards. They were shutout until the fourth quarter and matched the lowest scoring output in a game during the Sean Payton era.
You can’t just blame the QB, can you? Sure Siemian struggled and has gotten progressively worse since taking over for Winston a few weeks ago. However, he and the offense should be aided by the expected return of Kamara, Ingram and lineman Ryan Ramczyk on Thursday.
It all has a trickle-down effect both negatively and positively. The defense played a strong game in the first half last week but wilted when forced to be on the field for nearly 35 minutes. That puts added pressure on Siemian, though getting some reinforcements is a bonus. And it might not all be up to Siemian. Taysom Hill is recovering from his ailment and could also return to face a leaky Dallas defense.
Cowboys vs Saints Prediction
Even if the Saints get some of their players back they’re still at a disadvantage on offense. I’ll take Dak over Siemian any day. I also expect the Boys to be more disciplined and not commit stupid penalties. This just isn’t the same New Orleans club since the retirement of Drew Brees and they’ll continue adjusting until they find a QB. In the meantime, Dallas is the team to end its skid.
Prediction: Dallas Cowboys -6 and OVER 47
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