Cowboys vs. Saints Preview

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The Dallas Cowboys host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in a game with significant playoff implications. The game will be at 1:00 pm eastern and will be shown on FOX.

Why you should watch: The Cowboys and Saints feature two offenses that are capable of hanging 40 points at any given time, and neither defense is playing well enough right now to ensure that this situation will not happen. Drew Brees and Tony Romo could square off in a shootout that will be entertaining for all fans, regardless of their team affiliation. Also, the Cowboys can take a huge step forward or a huge step backwards in the playoff hunt based on the result of the game. The Saints might be out of the running, but they torched the Bucs last weekend at home and showed they are playing with pride anyway.

What to watch for: As mentioned, these are two high powered offenses that are capable of lighting up a scoreboard at any time. Though both offenses have struggled at times, they are both rolling right now as the end of the season approaches. The Cowboys defense will have to step up, but they have made some big plays when they needed to in order to keep their winning streak alive. Last week it was the interception in overtime, and this week another Cowboy can step up in a big moment to deliver the Cowboys closer to the playoffs.

Key matchups: Drew Brees against the Dallas defense will probably play a large part in this game. Brees has made some poor decisions this year, but he is always capable of throwing for 400 yards and 5 touchdowns. Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne will have to step up to shut down the plethora of weapons at Brees’ disposal. If they can not do that, the Saints can put up points in a hurry and Dallas could be in an early hole once again.

The Pick: The Cowboys will take one more step towards the playoffs and win this one 35-28. Though Brees will play well, the Saints defense will not be able to stop Tony Romo at home, as he has been on fire lately. The Cowboys defense will make enough plays to deliver the victory, and the showdown in Washington will determine the season.

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