Saints Seek Superdome Supremacy

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After starting the season a perfect 5-0, New Orleans has gone cold after its red-hot opening. Back-to-back losses on up the east coast have stalled the Saints’ momentum. Tom Brady ended the unbeaten run when he threw the game-winning touchdown pass in New England’s 30-27 win over New Orleans in Week 6 and the Saints couldn’t get the job done on offence in the second half in a 26-20 defeat against the upstart New York Jets.

They take on NFC East leader Dallas on Monday morning (AEST). The Cowboys have lost three of their four games on the road this season, and only held on to their division lead thanks to a last-minute Dwayne Harris catch in the end zone as Jason Garrett’s side held off the painfully bad Minnesota Vikings 27-23.

The Saints are unbeaten at the Superdome this season and 14-3 in their last 17 November home games. The Cowboys have a 15-10 advantage over New Orleans but the Saints prevailed 34-31 in overtime when the teams last met in 2012. Both quarterbacks had a day out with Drew Brees throwing for 446 yards and three TDs while Tony Romo amassed 416 yards through the air with four touchdown throws. Brees could have a field day again against a Dallas defence which is ranked 31st in the NFL in both passing and total yards allowed.

Brees could be without his backfield leader on Monday with Darren Sproles struggling with an ankle injury. Wide receiver Marques Colston is also questionable after missing the Jets loss with a knee problem. His absence would be a blow as he has torn the Cowboys apart with back-to-back 100-yard receiving games the last two times the teams have met. Tight end Jimmy Graham leads the NFL with 10 receiving TDs. Gun Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware should be right to return from three weeks out with a quad injury.


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