The NFL schedule-makers hit a bonanza with this week's Thursday Nigh Football game as suddenly it's a matchup of the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints, winners of 10 straight, versus the hot Dallas Cowboys, who have won three in-a-row themselves and are tied for the NFC East lead.
The Saints are a 7.5-point favorite and ESPN's Matchup Predictor gives New Orleans a 61.8-percent chance to win.
RECORDS: New Orleans 10-1; Dallas 6-5.
TV: 7:30 p.m. CT. NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video
SERIES HISTORY: 29th regular-season meeting. Dallas leads 16-12. The Cowboys-Saints series eerily mirrors Dallas’s struggles since it last won a Super Bowl to finish the 1995 season. The Cowboys were 14-3 against New Orleans up through their three Super Bowl wins in the 1990s. But since Dallas last won it all, the Saints have won 9 and lost just 2 against the Cowboys.
BY THE NUMBERS: 252.5 – The Cowboys’ passing yards per game since they traded for Amari Cooper, an increase of 31.9 yards. Dallas has won three and lost just once since sending a first-round pick to the Raiders for Cooper.
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: CB Anthony Brown had a huge game on Thanksgiving as he made four solo stops, including a sack on a corner blitz and an interception that ended Washington’s second possession in Cowboys territory. Brown and teammates Xavier Woods and DeMarcus Lawrence all had interceptions of Redskins QB Colt McCoy. It’ll take an even better performance to repeat such numbers versus the Saints’ Drew Brees.