The Dallas Cowboys are showing the NFL world it is better to gel late in the season than not to gel at all! On the heels of a 3-5 start to the 2018 campaign, and everything that could go wrong going wrong, the Cowboys have now won four straight after shutting down the high powered New Orleans Saints 13-10 last evening on Thursday night football.
While the offensive numbers for Dallas were on the below average side, it was their defense that stole the show.
According to a CBS Sports report, the New Orleans Saints were stifled from the opening kickoff – and that is something that does not happen often. Drew Brees and company were shut out in the first half of the game and they finished the contest with a season-low 176 total yards of offense.
Their 10-point total was also the fewest a Brees-led team has produced in over three seasons.
In a game that many NFL experts believed could finish in the 28-24 range, defense dominated for both squads.
While Dallas held a 13-0 lead at the half, they still struggled greatly to move the ball at times.
Ezekiel Elliott scored the only touchdown on the night for the Cowboys when he hauled in a screen pass from quarterback Dak Prescott and took it 16 yards for the score. Elliott finished the game with 76 yards rushing on 23 carries.
For the Saints a loss of far from the end of the world, especially against a red-hot Cowboys squad.
New Orleans is now 10-2 on the season and they hold the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoff bracket. While they currently trail the Los Angeles Rams by one game, they do hold the tie-breaker over the Rams if these two should finish the season tied with the conferences best record.
Next up for the Dallas Cowboys are the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. This game is huge for both teams. The Cowboys can put a stranglehold on the NFC East division with a win, but it won’t be easy against a desperate Eagles squad.
Philadelphia is currently 5-6 on the season as they prepare to face the Washington Redskins. If the Eagles defeat Washington this Sunday, the clash between the Cowboys and Eagles on December 9 could very well determine the NFC East division winner.