The Dallas Cowboys (7-4, 3-2 away) head to the Big Easy to face off against the New Orleans Saints (5-6, 2-3 home) as both teams try to regain their footing in the league as the losses pile up. Dallas has dropped three of their last four while the Saints are on a four-game skid.
Thursday night’s kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. EST inside Caesers Superdome in New Orleans, LA. Dallas is a 4.5-point road favorite in the prime-time tilt, and the over-under total is at 47.5 points.
What to Know – Dallas Cowboys
What has happened to Dallas over the last month of play? The Cowboys went from a team that looked primed for a dead playoff run to a team struggling to put it together on both sides of the ball in November. Luckily for the Cowboys, they play in one of the worst divisions in the NFL, and Dallas stills sit atop the NFC East with a two-game cushion.
Offensively, the Cowboys score 29.6 points per game behind 430.6 yards of total offense. The Cowboys expect wide receivers Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb back in the lineup for Thursday’s tilt. On defense, Dallas holds opponents to 22.7 points per game and 385.8 yards of offense.
Dallas did all they could last week against Las Vegas after falling behind at half. The Cowboys and Raiders went to overtime, with Las Vegas pulling out the victory with a field goal late in the extra period. Dallas was held to just 64 yards on the ground on 20 carries and collected 14 penalties for 166 yards.
The Cowboys are 8-3 against the spread this season with a 4-1 mark ATS on the road. Dallas is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games played in New Orleans.
What to Know – New Orleans Saints
New Orleans continues to slide since quarterback Jameis Winston landed on the IR. The Saints have lost every one of Trevor Seimen’s starts under center and find themselves a half-game out of last place in the NFC South. Quarterback Taysom Hill will be active for Thursday night’s contest, but it is yet to be determined how much the often injured gun-slinger will play.
The Saints score 23.4 points and generate 321.1 yards of offense per game. Defensively, the Saints surrender 22.6 points per game while allowing 358.4 yards of total offense but only 91.9 yards on the ground.
Buffalo smacked the Saints in the mouth to tap off the Thanksgiving slate in an embarrassing 31-6 loss in front of a national audience. The Saints mustered up only 12 first downs and 190 total yards of offense.
This year, New Orleans sports a 5-6 record ATS and a 2-3 record at home. The Saints are 2-4 ATS over their last six games.
The Pick is In
Dak Prescott welcomes back a few more toys to the lineup, and the Cowboys have a perfect matchup for a get-right game in New Orleans.
The Saints may look better with a different quarterback under center, but we will take Prescott vs. Hill every day of the week and roll with the visitors laying the points on Thursday.
Betting Pick: Dallas Cowboys -4.5