The Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints meet for a Thursday Night Football matchup at the Caesars Superdome. This is a game that had plenty of question marks for the Cowboys.
Covid-19 struck members of the coaching staff and some players. Amari Cooper was already working himself back to the field from a Covid-19 diagnosis. He had some lingering symptoms.
All appears good for Cooper going into New Orleans at the moment. Cooper is expected to play, but he may be on a pitch count.
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CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup are scheduled to be on the field as well, so Dak Prescott will have all three wide receivers to work with.
The Saints will be without Alvin Kamara once again, but Mark Ingram is going this week. They are going with a change at quarterback, with Taysom Hill getting the starting call, while Trevor Siemian gets demoted to the bench.
This isn’t the most exciting Thursday Night Football matchup, but Hill could make things interesting. The Saints need a spark. Hill could be the one to do it at home tonight.
Head below for our best Cowboys vs. Saints prop bets for December 2, 2021.
Taysom Hill Total Rushing Yards
Taysom Hill is best when he is on the move. The Saints have a playbook for him separate from Siemian, so things should open up for offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael. Look for the Saints to run the option with Hill and Mark Ingram often.
Hill has run for 5.3 yards per carry on 171 attempts in his four-year career. In limited action in a reserve role, he has gained 913 yards and 14 touchdowns.
There will be instances where Hill will look to run first before passing. Along with his ability to scramble for a first down, his rushing yards add up quickly.
In his first opportunity as a starter this year, expect Hill to run with this chance and do what’s possible to have a positive impact. That most likely includes yards on the ground. He should finish with at least 50 rushing yards against the Cowboys tonight.
Mark Ingram Total Receiving Yards
I am not looking for Taysom Hill to air the ball out deep with great frequency in this one. He will take some chances, but the Saints are more likely to keep the ball close to the line of scrimmage.
The play calling will go around Hill and Mark Ingram. The Saints may not have Kamara back in the lineup, but Ingram has been playing well this season. They need to get the ball in his hands.
Ingram is going to record receptions from set plays like screens, but he’s also going to be a great check down option for Hill. If he doesn’t feel comfortable, Ingram is going to be there for Hill to dump it off.
The Saints’ running back missed some time, but is on the field tonight. In his last three outings, Ingram had 20 targets for 15 receptions and 107 yards.
He was not used as a pass catcher with the Texans, but has played a different role in New Orleans. Since joining the Saints, Ingram has 132 yards for an average of 33 receiving yards per game in four outings.
This number looks on the low side. I’d look into betting Ingram to go OVER his receiving prop on Thursday night.
Dalton Schultz Total Receiving Yards
Dak Prescott continues to look at Dalton Schultz as a reliable target in the Cowboys’ offense. While he is getting targets back in the offense tonight, that might actually work in favor of Schultz.
The Saints’ defense must pay attention to CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper, and Michael Gallup. There won’t be as many resources to focus on Schultz with a complete receiving core for the Cowboys on the field.
He should be able to find room in the secondary in this one. Schultz is going into New Orleans with 537 yards and 4 touchdowns on 47 receptions. He is coming off a productive game against the Raiders with 3 receptions, 46 yards, and a touchdown.
Schultz had a bad drop in the first-half, but responded well and was reliable in Las Vegas in the winning effort. It was the seventh game in nine outings that Schultz recorded at least 46 yards.
He has notched at least 43 yards receiving in three of his previous four starts for the Cowboys. I think some people are going to forget about him upon the return of Lamb and Gallup, but I see it as a positive and we’re getting better value at 42.5 yards as a result.