New Orleans has won 10-straight games. Like a rolling giant snowball, the Saints will stop by Arlington this coming Thursday looking to extend their unbeaten run, but will the Dallas Cowboys allow that to happen? The Cowboys have been among the hottest teams of late, too, having won all of their last three games.
Going into Thursday Night Football, current NFL Futures give the Cowboys +5000 odds to win Super Bowl 53, +2500 to win the NFC Championship and -185 to win the NFC East. The Saints are priced at +225 to win the Super Bowl and have EVEN odds to win the NFC Championship.
Betting Preview for the New Orleans Saints vs Dallas Cowboys NFL Week 13 Game on December 2, 2018
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
When: Thursday, December 2, 2018, 8:20 PM ET
Line: New Orleans Saints (-7.5) vs Dallas Cowboys (+7.5) – view all 2018 NFL lines
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the New Orleans Saints (10-1)
You may struggle to remember the names Saints quarterback Drew Brees targeted for his four touchdown scores in last week’s 31-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons. For one, all of those receivers namely Dan Arnold, Tommy Lee Lewis, Austin Carr, and Keith Kirkwood, are used to be undrafted free agents. That’s a scary tidbit of detail for future Saints opponents as it clearly shows how incredibly smooth New Orleans’ offensive engine is humming. Brees can strike from any point of the field and hook up with anyone with a working pair of hands, and he’s probably going to have a field day tossing the football against Dallas. The Cowboys have a middling pass defense with 237.5 passing yards allowed per game, but what’s more encouraging for the Saints is that Dallas is 28th in the NFL with opponents completing 69.13. percent for their passes. Conversely, the Saints are tops in the league with a ridiculous 75.76 pass completion percentage.
The Saints are 5-1 straight up (SU) and 6-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last six road games.
Betting on the Dallas Cowboys (6-5)
Maybe all the Cowboys really needed to turn their season around when they were losing in the middle weeks of the season was Amari Cooper. Cooper looked every bit like a heaven sent for Dallas in last week’s 31-23 Thanksgiving Day win over of the Washington Redskins at home. He paced the Cowboys with 180 receiving yards and two touchdowns on eight catches and nine targets. His presence is helping loosen up defenses for teammate and running back Ezekiel Elliott, who capitalized on those opportunities in the Redskins game by rushing for 121 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. However, the same can also be said of Elliott, whose abilities to burst out of the backfield and break tackles are also keeping opposing defenses honest enough to keep them from heavily focusing on Cooper. The Cooper Effect has the Cowboys averaging an uptick in scoring and total yards of late. Dallas is averaging 379.0 total yards over their last three games, higher compared to its season average of 334.0 per contest. The Cowboys are also scoring 5.4 points more ()26.7 in their last three games than their season mean of 21.3.
On the season so far, the Cowboys are 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS when playing from the comforts of home.
Dallas shocks the league (and brings a windfall for some) with a 31-28 win over the Saints.
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