A big-time clash will unfold on Sunday night of Week 4 as the Dallas Cowboys travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints. This is a big NFC showdown between two teams surely vying for the right to represent the conference in this year’s Super Bowl, and with both squads already living up to expectations thus far in 2019, Sunday evening’s match should provide solid entertainment.
The Cowboys enter undefeated and really haven’t even been challenged as of yet. That should change in Week 4 on the road. Dallas cannot however apologize for their schedule, and all they’ve done so far is take care of business regardless of who is in their way. This is a group without many holes and many within the football world are eager to see how they stack up against a premier squad like the Sants.
For New Orleans, it definitely seemed to be a premature funeral for Sean Payton’s squad after Drew Brees had been lost for a significant stretch of the season. In came Teddy Bridgewater under centre, and it seemed like the Saints’ attack didn’t miss a beat. New Orleans responded in a big way last week, throttling Seattle all over the field, showing the league that they’re still a force.
This should be an explosive matchup, especially with what’s already on the line, and all of the premier talent that will be on display. Keep reading beneath the posted odds for a full game breakdown, betting preview, and an official selection to end your Sunday off on a winning note.
Cowboys vs. Saints Betting Odds:
Dallas Cowboys -2.5 (-115)
@ New Orleans Saints +2.5 (-105)
Over 47.5 (-108)
Under 47.5 (-112)
Cowboys vs. Saints Pick:
One big revelation for the Cowboys this year is just how good Dak Prescott has been so far in 2019. What used to be somewhat of a question mark for Dallas has now turned into an exclamation mark with his performance through three games. That said, battling the Giants, Dolphins, and Redskins’ secondaries isn’t exactly the toughest of matchups. This week, Prescott will face a much tougher matchup with what the Saints can offer. They boast a legitimate secondary and as a result Dak Prescott won’t be able to rely as much on Amari Cooper.
Beyond this, the Saints have a very strong pass rush that should get after Prescott and not allow him the time and space he’s been used to in the first three weeks. Dallas is usually pretty good with protection, though recently they have shown some vulnerabilities within the interior of their front. As a result, don’t be surprised to see this become an issue for the Cowboys as the Saints will certainly bring the pressure on Prescott to try and disrupt his flow and rhythm.
On the other side of the ball, expect Bridgewater to be solid once again in this contest, mostly because of his elite weapons. Michael Thomas can catch anything, and though he will be shadowed in this game by Dallas corner Byron Jones, the rangy receiver should still contribute in moving the chains.
Beyond Thomas, expect the elusive Alvin Kamara to pick up where he left off. The Cowboys are not particularly strong on the ground when it comes to defending opposing rushers, and don’t be surprised to see a heavy dose of the Saints’ premier running back in this contest. At the line of scrimmage, expect New Orleans to also keep the Dallas pass rush in check, as they usually provide excellent protection. Bridgewater will have ample time to assess the field and make his reads, before keeping those chains moving.
While many are still writing off the Saints without Brees, it really isn’t as big of a downgrade as most would think. This is still an elite group that does so many things well on both sides of the football, and in their raucous stadium on Sunday night – they remain one of the toughest teams in all of the NFL to beat. This line is off, and with the Saints as juicy home underdogs, the price is simply too good to pass on. Roll with the Saints as they win again without Brees.