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Return Of The ‘Aints? New Orleans Falls To 1-3 With SNF Loss To Dallas

Despite the fact that they entered the weekend with a 1-2 record, Vegas certainly didn’t seem to be too concerned about where New Orleans was at and still had them listed at 12/1 odds to win the Super Bowl. Those odds are better than the Eagles, Chargers, Cardinals, and even the Cowboys, all of whom have better records. But after the Saints were blown out 28-17 by the aforementioned Cowboys on Sunday night, one has to wonder if there is reason to worry about this New Orleans squad.
After losing two nail biters in a row to start the season, the Saints finally were able to get things going against the Vikings last weekend. However, in Week Four their offense looked stagnant and it was difficult for them to even get the ball moving in the first half. Despite the fact that the Saints were able to put up 17 on the evening, that stat line may be a bit misleading. The Cowboys led 31-3 going into the final quarter, which is finally when Drew Breese was able to connect with Josh Hill and Jimmy Graham just 4 minutes apart. At that point, it was certainly too little too late.
As for them Cowboys, this might be the signature win that they’ve been looking for this season. Sure, they’ve now won three in a row, but nobody is going to argue that either Tennessee or St. Louis is nearly the caliber that New Orleans is.
In the Cowboys win, we can finally start to see a bit more impressive of a resume from their players. Tony Romo was an effective 22/29 on the evening, and he had three touchdowns without turning the ball over in the contest. He also had a big run on third down during the third quarter, and Demarco Murray would eventually end that drive with a touchdown.
Speaking of Demarco Murray, the guy has been a beast so far this season. On Sunday night he added two touchdowns and 149 yards to his season totals. His 385 yards rushing through four weeks leads the league, and his three total touchdowns is tied with seven others for best in the NFL.
New Orleans’s offense is still putting up numbers, even if their record isn’t showing it. They have the fifth most passing yards per game at 281.3, and sixth most rushing yards at 140.3. However, their defense has been getting scorched by opposing offenses, as they’ve let up the 29th most passing yards per game at 278.3.
So how about them Cowboys? Well, the irony in this is that their 3-1 start is only good enough for a share of first place in the NFC East. The Eagles are also 3-1, and both teams’ only losses have come against the San Francisco 49ers.
Cowboys fans will tell you that this is the same song and dance, and it’s not really a team that you can trust until later in the season. As for whether or not they can keep up the play that has been successful in the first four weeks, be sure to check back with sportspicks.com handicap insiders throughout the remainder of the season to find out.
As for the Saints, something has got to change. Drew Brees is still an elite quarterback and one of the most respected players in the game. But their window of opportunity may be closing if they can’t get past the slump that they’ve been in to start the season.