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This will be a very good game between two NFC contenders. Even without Drew Brees, the Saints are still one of the best teams in the league. Teddy Bridgewater has performed well filling in at quarterback. However, Bridgewater is not as good as Brees, so the Saints will have to rely much more on their defense if they want to win this game. Even though the Cowboys are hot, their offense can be stopped. If a team manages to stop the Cowboys running game they will be much easier to stop. That may happen, but regardless, this should be a very close game. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints matchup page.
Date: Sunday, September 29th, 2019
Time: 8:20 ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, LA
Dallas Cowboys: WR Tavon Austin (Q) – Concussion, WR Amari Cooper (Q) – Ankle, DE Tyrone Crawford (Q) – Hip, S Kavon Frazier (Q) – Achilles, WR Michael Gallup (O) – Knee, LB Sean Lee (Q) – Knee, G Zack Martin (Q) – Back, DT Antuan Woods (Q) – Knee, S Xavier Woods (Q) – Ankle
New Orleans Saints: T Terron Armstead (Q) – Knee, QB Drew Brees (O) – Thumb, FB Zach Line (Q) – Knee, DT Sheldon Rankins (Q) – Achilles, WR Tre’Quan Smith (Q) – Ankle, P Thomas Morstead (Q) – Illness
Dallas Cowboys Analysis
The Cowboys offense has a very favorable matchup this week against one of the lowest ranked defensive teams in the league, as the Saints currently rank 26th in yards allowed. Dak Prescott and the rest of the Cowboys offense will do very well. Prescott already has 920 yards and 9 touchdowns over three games, which are very good numbers. The only concern for the Cowboys is that they have not played difficult teams, so all of their stats are extremely inflated. In the first three weeks, the Cowboys blew out the Giants, Redskins, and Dolphins, who have a combined record of 1-8. Now that the Cowboys face a good team on the road, they may struggle a bit more this game.
Even though the matchup looks favorable on paper, the only player that is a safe bet on the Cowboys offense is Ezekiel Elliot. He has performed well in the first few games, and the Cowboys will likely rely on him to get the offense going. The Cowboys may not do as well in the passing game. Their WR2, Michael Gallup is out for this game, which will put a lot more pressure on Amari Cooper to do well. The Saints should be able to shut down Cooper and may be able to shut down the entire Cowboys offense.
Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart
New Orleans Saints Analysis
The Saints have had a difficult start to the year, as the teams they have faced have a combined record of 7-2 and they lost Drew Brees to injury in week 2. Teddy Bridgewater seems to have gotten into a groove, after throwing for 177 yards and 2 touchdowns last week. While he may not electrify the offense, Bridgewater already has a great offense around him. With one of the best offensive lines in the league, the Saints will continue to do well until Brees returns later in the season.
For this game, the Saints offense should do well. This is the first real test for the Cowboys defense, and they might struggle against this powerful offense. Michael Thomas has been great for the Saints, getting 25 receptions and 266 yards to start the season. That was against very good defenses, so expect Thomas to do well against the Cowboys defense. Running back Alvin Kamara might not be able to do as well as Thomas because the Cowboys run defense has been so good. They have allowed only 90 rush yards per game. This game could be very low scoring, but Michael Thomas will have a good game because he always manages to get receptions, even against top defenses.
New Orleans Saints Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Look to Other Matchups
(DK: $6,600, FD: $7,000) I do not like Ezekiel Elliot this week against the Saints. Though the Saints have an average run defense, Elliot has not been putting up top running back production. He will do well, but is not worth his salary on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Even Michael Thomas, who could have a decent game, is still overpriced this week. Thomas will get consistent targets from Bridgewater, but he still is not worth his salary. Honestly, no other players have a favorable matchup this week. This figures to be a low scoring game and all the players salaries are high, so it would be best to look at other matchups for daily fantasy this week.