Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints Betting Preview
02 December 2021
— Thursday, December 02nd Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints
We've got a Thursday Night Football matchup for you between the Cowboys and Saints. The Dallas Cowboys have been dealing with tons of injuries which has resulted in losses. To be more specific, two straight losses and the injuries keep piling up.
The good news is three of their best offensive players could take the field against the Saints on Thursday. But is it enough?
The New Orleans Saints are another team dealing with tons of injuries. The most notable injury is to Alvin Kamara, the team's best running back. If he doesn't play, the team will be missing a significant player on offense.
Hopefully, for the Saints' sake, Kamara is able to play on Thursday night. However, if he doesn't play, can the New Orleans Saints pull off a win without him?
Dallas Cowboys: Keys to Victory on Thursday Night Football
As Dallas sets out to take on the New Orleans Saints, they add some firepower back into their offense. Ceedee Lamb, Amari Cooper, and Ezekiel Elliot are all listed as probable in this game.
With these players back, Dak Prescott will look to have a huge game against the Saints' defense. This is a defense that allows over 250 passing yards per game, 23rd in the NFL.
The first key to victory for the Cowboys is to get the passing game going early. Dak Prescott is a player that you want to fire on all cylinders to start the game. The best way to do this is to allow him some freedom early in the game and let him sling the ball around.
They can also soften up the New Orleans defense by using Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliot. So, what about the Saints?
New Orleans Saints: Keys to Victory on Thursday Night Football
The Saints are in an interesting dilemma, they have a lot of injuries, but they can't be too conservative. If they play this game too close to the chest, the Cowboys will get more possessions and chances to score.
However, if they play recklessly, they could potentially turn the ball over, which is even worse. We feel like a mixture of both is coming from Sean Payton.
The Saints have lost four games in a row and are in danger of losing a fifth. It'll take incredible coaching and perfect execution for them to win this one.
That being said, how often do you get both of those in the same game? This is a tough mountain for the Saints to overcome, especially now that the Cowboys are healthier. Let's look at our pick for Thursday's game.
Our Pick for Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints on Thursday
For starters, the Dallas Cowboys come in as just 4.5-point favorites. This isn't a large spread to overcome, and they're 8-3 ATS this season.
When it comes to teams performing well at the sportsbook, not many compete with the Cowboy. It helps their situation even more now that they'll have their receivers back in the lineup.
The Saints' troubles will likely continue at the sportsbook as they do on the field. This season, the Saints have gone 5-6 against the spread with a 2-3 ATS record at home. With that kind of record and the injuries they've suffered, we have to take the Cowboys here.
DunkelIndex Free Pick: Dallas Cowboys -4.5, OVER
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