The Cowboys host the Saints in a huge matchup to start week 13. The Saints have won their last 10 games and are scoring points at will. They average nearly 38 points per game this season and have more touchdowns scorers across the park than any other team in the league.
Quarterback Drew Brees is finding offensive weapons that no other team wanted and is turning them into quality receivers.
This is going to be a massive test for the Cowboys and their hopes of finals football this season.
One thing we know for sure is, the Cowboys need to score points. It doesn’t matter how good Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie or Jeff Heath are, the Saints will find a way to score touchdowns and plenty of them. The key is going to be stopping getting the ball to the secondary.
These five players need to stand up if the home side has any chance of beating the 10-1 Saints
Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith
No offense in the league can spread you out as much as the Saints and Brees. In the absence of Sean Lee, these two are going to have to be on their game to ensure the Cowboys offense has something to work with.
LVE is having a standout rookie season but still needs to prove he can match it with the best of them. What better task than coming up against one of the best setups in the league. The main task for him will be to stop the run of Alvin Kamara. The Cowboys have invested heavily in LVE for this kind of thing. Not allowing Kamara to open up the field is key to halting the run game.
Expect Brees to spread the field, opening the middle for direct attacks.
They have multiple offensive weapons and aren’t afraid to use them.
Jaylon Smith is going to have to have his head on a swivel if the Cowboys are to stop this extraordinary team. Rushing Brees and slowing down Kamara will be the main task for Smith.
Copper has been incredible for the Cowboys since signing from the Raiders. He has an ornate ability to create space from very little. He has become a weapon in the Cowboys recent run of three straight wins. Dak Prescott will need to use Coopers great route-running to his advantage.
The Saints haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher since week 11 last season. Zeke will need to try everything in his bag of tricks to get the ball moving forward in this one. He is growing week to week as a ball runner. He has almost perfected the pause he does before he starts his run. He is so much better at finding the gap now, than ever before. All these factors will help the Cowboys on Thursday.
Before Cooper arrived, Beasley was the go-to guy on offense. Prescott needs to use him just as much as Cooper in this game. Expect the Saints to double team Cooper allowing Beasley to get free and play in behind the line. More than ever, the Cowboys need Beasley to step up and be counted.
If Dak Prescott can hang on to the ball and not throw an intercept, the Cowboys will go a long way to winning this one.