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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 11/10/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




DALLAS (5 - 4) at NEW ORLEANS (6 - 2)
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Week 10 Sunday, 11/10/2013 8:30 PM
Board OpenLatest
226NEW ORLEANS-6.5-6
DALLAS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-4+1.27-24-528.612.7342.6(5.8)
Road Games1-3-1.83-12-221.011.0317.7(5.3)
Last 3 Games2-1+1.32-11-224.76.3328.7(5.2)
Dome Games0-1-11-01-030.010.0268.0(4.8)
DALLAS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)28.612.720.130:0620-76(3.7)25-3866.2%267(6.9)59-343(5.8)(12)
Opponents Defensive Avg.25.312.621.330:1826-110(4.2)24-3862.5%265(7)64-376(5.9)(14.9)
Offense Road Games21.011.019.029:4121-66(3.2)25-3963.5%251(6.4)60-318(5.3)(15.1)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.25.71221.630:5127-111(4.2)24-3862.4%264(7)64-376(5.8)(14.6)
Defense Road Games20.26.723.530:1826-113(4.4)28-4463.4%317(7.2)70-430(6.2)(21.2)
DALLAS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-537.5%1-153.8%2-48(21.4)2-18(7.6)7-57
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.81.8 13-640.9%1-043.4%2-55(24.4)19-2(8.6)6-55
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-429.6%1-066.7%1-27(22)1-15(10.3)7-56

NEW ORLEANS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-2+2.85-34-427.015.0397.4(6.2)
Home Games4-0+44-02-231.717.2423.2(6.6)0.714.59.2311.0(5.6)2.7
Last 3 Games1-2-2.31-23-027.314.0384.7(6.2)1.324.315.7337.7(5.1)1.3
Dome Games4-0+44-02-231.717.2423.2(6.6)0.714.59.2311.0(5.6)2.7
NEW ORLEANS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.512.820.431:0327-109(4)22-3761.1%248(6.8)64-357(5.6)(14.6)
Offense Home Games31.717.222.234:1526-82(3.2)28-3872.1%341(8.9)64-423(6.6)(13.3)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.912.319.430:3426-111(4.2)22-3660.1%227(6.3)63-338(5.4)(15.4)
Defense Home Games14.59.218.225:4518-94(5.1)22-3759.2%217(5.9)55-311(5.6)(21.4)
NEW ORLEANS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-434.7%1-016.7%2-53(26.4)1-9(5.9)5-45
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.61.7 14-536.8%1-038.0%2-51(23.5)17-2(8.8)6-54
Stats Against (Home Games) 11-434.8%0-00.0%1-39(25.8)1-11(7.5)4-27
Average power rating of opponents played: DALLAS 19.7,  NEW ORLEANS 19
DALLAS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/15/2013@ KANSAS CITY16-17L3W45U16-3730-42-281225-11421-36-1990
9/22/2013ST LOUIS31-7W-3W48U34-19317-24-203112-3529-49-1971
9/29/2013@ SAN DIEGO21-30L-1L47O16-9227-37-225127-11235-42-3941
10/20/2013@ PHILADELPHIA17-3W3W55U26-7428-47-294223-8422-49-1943
10/27/2013@ DETROIT30-31L3W51O26-6214-30-206029-14333-48-4804
11/10/2013@ NEW ORLEANS            
11/24/2013@ NY GIANTS            
12/9/2013@ CHICAGO            

NEW ORLEANS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/15/2013@ TAMPA BAY16-14W-3L48.5U20-7526-46-296233-1609-22-1132
10/6/2013@ CHICAGO26-18W1.5W50U28-6629-35-281018-9424-33-3401
10/13/2013@ NEW ENGLAND27-30L2.5L51O26-13117-36-230235-14125-43-2351
11/3/2013@ NY JETS20-26L-6L45.5O13-4130-51-366236-1989-20-1400
11/17/2013SAN FRANCISCO            
11/21/2013@ ATLANTA            
12/2/2013@ SEATTLE            
DALLAS: Jason Garrett will give up his play-calling duties to new offensive coordinator Bill Callahan this year. That should mean more work for the running game after a year in which the Cowboys were the second-most pass-heavy team in football (66.2 percent). Callahan is an O-Line guru who has built a quality zone-blocking scheme in Dallas. DeMarco Murray will continue to take a true No. 1 workload, with a battle for carries behind him. Rookie Joseph Randle fits the system and should be the long-term No. 2, though either scat back Lance Dunbar or big back Phillip Tanner could hold the job early. Garrett runs an aggressive Air Coryell passing game, though it figures to be reigned in a bit after last year's pass-heavy play-calling. The Cowboys use a lot of two-back base looks, though later in the year they might start using Miles Austin in the slot and Terrence Williams outside. Dez Bryant is now the clear-cut No. 1 option on most plays, getting the ball any time he's in single coverage on the outside. Romo often comes back to TE Jason Witten, heavily used as an intermediate-to-short target. Austin does more catch-and-run work over the middle and will stretch the seam. Garrett is willing to keep it on the ground in the red zone, with Murray the primary goal line back. Dallas will switch to a 4-3 under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and D-Line coach Rod Marinelli, the DC for Chicago's amazing 44-turnover defense last year. This will hopefully increase the team's paltry 16 takeaways as DeMarcus Ware (111 career sacks) shifts to DE, Sean Lee mans the MLB spot and Bruce Carter explodes from the WLB position. The Cowboys also inked two new starters via free agency, SLB Justin Durant and FS Will Allen. Young CBs Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr are both developing nicely.
NEW ORLEANS: The Saints are a pass-heavy offense, but they feature one of the NFL's most versatile and unique running games. They have a series of looks they can run out of, the most common of which is Mark Ingram behind fullback Jed Collins. They use a series of zone and man blocking schemes borrowed from other systems. Darren Sproles is on the field a lot, but primarily in spread formations from which the Saints almost always throw. Most of his touches will come on receptions. Pierre Thomas is the team's most versatile back. The return of head coach Sean Payton should be a nice boost for Drew Brees and the passing game. This is a spread passing attack, with a lot of West Coast routes. Brees is most comfortable with Marques Colston, who does a lot of his work facing the line of scrimmage. They'll also use TE Jimmy Graham as basically a receiver 1A, moving him around in formations and having him work underneath or up the seam when the matchup is right. Slot receiver Lance Moore also did more work up the seam last year, though he only plays about 60 percent of snaps. Joe Morgan will take Devery Henderson's field-stretching role on the outside. The Saints are very pass-heavy in the red zone, throwing on a league-high 71.2 percent of their goal-to-go plays in 2012. The Saints gave up 908 more yards than any other NFL team, setting a league record for futility with 7,042 total yards allowed. They also surrendered the second-most points (28.4 PPG). New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan inherits a defense that recorded just six sacks in the final six games. There are still productive veterans in ILBs Curtis Lofton and Jonathan Vilma to lead the front seven, but two newcomers must have a huge impact right away, former Steelers CB Keenan Lewis, and versatile rookie FS Kenny Vaccaro.
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*Cowboys-Saints Preview* ========================


Rob Ryan famously stated he would be "out of work for like five minutes" when the Dallas Cowboys fired him as their defensive coordinator after last season.

Though he was unemployed for a bit longer than he originally thought, Ryan has helped improve a New Orleans Saints defense that will look to shut down his surging former team Sunday night at the Superdome.

Ryan spent two seasons in Dallas, with his unit ranking 14th in 2011 and 19th in 2012 in total defense. He was let go Jan. 8 after the Cowboys finished 8-8, and with his usual confident swagger said he knew it wouldn't take long for him to land on his feet.

Saints coach Sean Payton hired Ryan on Jan. 24 to help transform a defense that finished dead last in the NFL last season. New Orleans (6-2) ranks ninth this year and has given up 18 points or fewer six times.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said there's no animosity between him and Ryan, even though he informed his former coordinator of the decision via phone call.

"I love Rob Ryan," Garrett said. "He is a fantastic person. He is a fantastic coach. And has been for a long time."

Cowboys who served under Ryan spoke highly of him, though they know his personality and realize this contest will provide some extra motivation. Ryan's current players know that, too.

"Any time a guy gets fired from a spot he's at and he has an opportunity to play them, he wants to prove a point," Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis said. "They know that. We know that."

New Orleans has been strong against the pass giving up an average of 211.9 yards to rank fifth. That unit will be tested against Tony Romo, who is fifth in the NFL with a 100.0 passer rating - one spot behind Drew Brees' 104.5 mark.

Romo went 34 of 51 for 337 yards and two touchdowns, including a scoring pass with 35 seconds remaining to give the NFC East-leading Cowboys (5-4) a 27-23 win over Minnesota last week.

Dallas has won three of four, and Payton knows slowing Romo will be a difficult task. Payton served as Dallas' assistant head coach from 2003-05 and helped sign Romo, who like Payton is an alum of Eastern Illinois, after he went undrafted in 2003.

"I was there three years working with him, and he has improved each year," Payton said. "He's got a very quick delivery. He's very accurate and studies hard. He's a student of the game and likes playing a lot."

Romo threw for 416 yards and four touchdowns in New Orleans' 34-31 overtime win over the Cowboys on Dec. 23.

"He's having the best year of his career this season," Payton said. "He's been very good in regards to his decision making. He knows pre-snap where he wants to go. He's got a very quick way of getting through his progressions and the ball comes out extremely fast."

Dallas' running game has struggled, though, ranking 27th with an average of 75.7 yards per game. It finished with a season-low 36 last week on only nine attempts.

"DeMarco (Murray) looked like he was going to have a good day, but as it wore on there were some minus runs that got us behind the sticks a little bit," Garrett said. "Hard for us to get in a rhythm. So, when you step back from it and you look at it and say, `Boy, we need to run it more."'

The Cowboys may want to do that against a Saints defense that ranks 25th allowing an average of 121.3 yards on the ground, including a season-worst 198 in last week's 26-20 loss to the New York Jets.

New Orleans has dropped two of three following a 5-0 start, cutting its NFC South lead over Carolina to one game.

"We're not down," linebacker Curtis Lofton said. "We know the kind of players we have in the locker room and what kind of coaches we have. When we do play efficient football and execute, there's not too many teams that can play with us."

Payton said his team needs to have more balance offensively, which falls on him. Brees finished 30 of 51 for 382 yards and two touchdowns against the Jets, but he also threw a pair of interceptions while the Saints only ran the ball 13 times.

"We've been a little bit lopsided," Payton said of his play-calling. "Pass protection becomes more manageable when you're running the football and so this gets back to me."

New Orleans has won seven of the last eight meetings with Dallas after Brees passed for 446 yards and three touchdowns in the last matchup.

Dez Bryant, who caught nine passes for a career-high 224 yards and two TDs last season against the Saints, plans to play Sunday night despite a back injury.

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