Saints Tangle With Cowboys
The New Orleans Saints are back in action on Sunday, when they hit the road to take on the Dallas Cowboys in a match-up featuring teams from the NFC South and NFC East divisions.
Kickoff time at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas is scheduled for 7:30 pm, and you can hear all the play-by-play action on ESPN 1420, as well as 97.3 The Dawg.
The Saints recorded their first victory of the year last week, defeating the Minnesota Vikings, 20-9, to improve to 1-2 on the season, while the Cowboys defeated the St. Louis Rams, to move to 2-1.
Dallas leads the all-time series, 15-10, and have outscored New Orleans, 533-507, in the 25 match-ups between the two franchises, but the Saints have won three-consecutive meetings, and eight of the last nine, including a convincing 49-17 victory last year in New Orleans.
Offensively, the Saints are averaging 26.0 points, 421.7 total yards, 281.3 passing yards, and 140.3 rushing yards-per-game.
New Orleans is led by quarterback Drew Brees, who has thrown for 683 yards and five touchdowns, injured running back Mark Ingram, who has accumulated 143 rushing yards, with three touchdowns, on 24 touches, and tight end Jimmy Graham, who has compiled 254 receiving yards, along with two touchdowns, on 24 catches.
Ingram is expected to miss the game, and possibly more, due to a broken hand.
The Cowyboys, offensively, are averaging 25.7 points, 363.3 total yards, 206.7 passing yards, and 156.7 rushing yards a contest.
Dallas is paced by quarterback Tony Romo, who has passed for 674 yards and four touchdowns, running back DeMarco Murray, who has rushed for a league-leading 385 yards and three touchdowns, and receiver Dez Bryant, who has 20 receptions for 247 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, the Saints are giving up an average of 379.7 yards-per-game, which ranks 22nd in the league, while the Cowboys are allowing 360.3, which ranks 20th.
The game opens a stretch of games in which the Saints will play three of their next five games on the road.