New-Orleans vs. Dallas preview capsule: Cowboys host streaking Saints

NEW ORLEANS (10-1) at DALLAS (6-5)

Thursday, 7:20 p.m. CT, Fox

OPENING LINE — Saints by 7

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Saints 9-2, Cowboys 6-5

- FWBP Digital Partners -

SERIES RECORD — Cowboys lead 16-12

LAST MEETING — Saints 26 beat Cowboys 20, OT, Oct. 4, 2015

LAST WEEK — Saints beat Falcons 31-17; Cowboys beat Redskins 31-23

AP PRO32 RANKING — Saints No. 1; Cowboys No. 12

- Advertisement -





- Advertisement -

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Saints can clinch NFC South title with win and Carolina loss Sunday at Tampa Bay. … Cowboys trying to maintain at least tie for NFC East lead. … With win, Saints can perfectly match Cowboys from two years ago with 11 straight victories following season-opening loss. Dallas set franchise record with its run in 2016. New Orleans opened Super Bowl-winning 2009 season with 13 straight victories before home loss to Cowboys started three-game skid. … Saints have won nine of past 11 in series after losing 14 of first 17. … Saints lead NFL in points per game (37.2) and differential (plus-153). Cowboys fourth in points allowed (19.3). … Saints QB Drew Brees seeks fifth straight game with at least three touchdown passes and 110 passer rating. Brees leads NFL with 76.4 completion percentage, 127.3 rating. … RB Alvin Kamara is second in NFL with 15 scrimmage TDs. Since 2017, Kamara (28) and Mark Ingram (17) are only NFC pair with 15 or more scrimmage TDs. … WR Michael Thomas second in NFL with 86 catches, fourth with 1,080 yards receiving. … TE Dan Arnold, rookie WR Keith Kirkwood each had first career TD catch last week. … DE Cameron Jordan had two sacks last week, giving him team-leading eight. He’s key part of league’s No. 1 rushing defense trying to slow Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott, who has three straight games with at least 120 yards rushing. … Cowboys QB Dak Prescott threw for season-high 289 yards last week. Prescott leads NFL QBs with seven games with at least two TDs passing, one TD rushing since entering league in 2016. He has rushing TD in career-best three straight games. … Elliott can tie career best with fourth straight 100-yard rushing game. He overtook Todd Gurley for NFL lead last week (1,074 yards rushing to 1,043) while Rams had bye. Elliott has 18 100-yard games since joining league in 2016; no other player has more than 12. He’s averaging 161 scrimmage yards with four TDs in past four games. … WRs Amari Cooper, Allen Hurns each had 100-yard game in only previous meeting with Saints with other teams. Cooper had six catches, 137 yards with Oakland in 2016, Hurns eight catches for 107 yards with Jacksonville in 2015. … Cooper’s 90-yard touchdown against Redskins tied for third-longest catch in club history. … DE DeMarcus Lawrence had first career interception last week. He has at least half-sack in three of past four games following three-game sackless streak. … LB Jaylon Smith needs five tackles for first 100-tackle season, according to coaches’ count. … Fantasy tip: Brees averaging 384 yards passing with 11 TDs, 1 INT in past four games against Cowboys.