11/08/2013 06:58 PM
Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints: Preview and Pick
The Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints will be featured in the best Sunday night football game of the season. These two quality teams are racing for a playoff spot and need to win big games, just like this one. The Saints are off a horrific loss to the New York Jets, while the Cowboys beat the Minnesota Vikings. With plenty on the line in this prime time affair, this game will be well worth the watch, and the wager.
Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints Odds
The opening NFL point spread for this game has the Saints listed as (-6.5) point favorites which comes as no surprise because they are a much better team when playing under the dome in the Big Easy. The betting public was not impressed by the lackluster effort put forth by the Cowboys against the Vikings and that caused the early betting to be on the Saints. With over 60 percent of the wagering on the Saints, this line has jumped and can now be found at minus seven at several of the top rated online sportsbooks so make sure to shop around before betting on Sunday night.
The Cowboys will need to establish the run. Despite DeMarco Murray's return, the Cowboys dropped back to pass (including sacks and scrambles) on 87 percent of their plays Sunday, the highest rate in the NFL this season. - Sunday was just the sixth time since the start of 2006 that a team won when dropping back to pass at least 80% of the time (5-90 entering this week). - The Cowboys ran 20 plays out of empty formations Sunday (no skill players in the backfield), their most in a game this season. They will need help on defense too if they want to stop Drew Brees.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that both teams have some positive wagering angles for this big game. The Cowboys are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game and 5-1 ATS when playing a team with a winning record. The Saints are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 300 yards passing in their previous game and 20-6 ATS in their last 26 home games.
Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.