The New Orleans Saints host the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4 of the NFL regular season, with the game ultimately hinging on the performance of one player.
We are in the second week of what is looking like six weeks of not seeing Brees in action due to his torn ligament in his throwing thumb. Luckily for the Saints, they got off on the right foot by going into Seattle and beating the Seahawks.
That win was huge as it not only gave the team confidence moving forward, but it prevented a potential three-game losing streak. The team lost to the Los Angeles Rams, the Seahawks are definitely a team that they could lose to and the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4 provide no relief.
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Last year, the Cowboys’ defense had its way with the New Orleans Saints’ offense, holding the high-flying offense to just 10 points to secure a 13-10 victory. The game is once again in a dome, except this time, it is the Superdome.
The crowd is going to be backing the other defense in this contest and as we all know, the Superdome is probably a harder environment to play in than AT&T Stadium.
It is not even the defense that is going to decide this game, however. While defense definitely matters and it should not be ignored, the better defensive team is not necessarily going to win this game.
In fact, this game is not even going to hang on any Saints player. This game completely hangs on Dak Prescott. If he has one of his better outings, as he did in Week 1, then the Saints and their faulty secondary could be in trouble.
But if he has one of his textbook Dak Prescott outings where he struggles and turns the ball over then the Saints offense is going to do enough to overpower the Cowboys. Ezekiel Elliott is great, but there is only so much he can do. At some point, it comes down to Prescott.
And while Teddy Bridgewater is no Drew Brees, he proved he can do enough to get the team a win last week. Plus, he is one more week into this starting gig and is starting at home in a dome, which will definitely help.
He is also a former Pro Bowler. He is way more talented than people give him credit for.
So the offense should be no problem for the New Orleans Saints and it will all come down to whether or not the Cowboys can match the Saints’ high-scoring efforts.
And whether or not they are able to do so is completely going to be reliant on Prescott’s play. We will know pretty early on what kind of game this is going to be: just watch Dak Prescott.