New Orleans is coming off a 26-20 loss to the New York Jets that marked the Saints’ second setback in three games, allowing their closest pursuer in the NFC South, the Carolina Panthers, to pull with one game.
The Cowboys stumbled to three losses in their first five games, but have won three of their past four — good enough to give Dallas a one-game lead over Philadelphia in the NFC East.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s 2,553 yards passing through Week 9 ranks third in the NFC, and his chemistry with receiver Dez Bryant appears fine, regardless of any passionate exchanges they’ve had recently. Bryant is tied for third in the NFL in touchdowns receiving with eight.
However, Dallas’ defense ranks 31st against the pass, never good recipe for slowing down a record-setter like Brees. In addition, the Saints are unbeaten in the Superdome. Then there’s the subplot of Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan going against the club that fired him last season.
“It is going to be a tough scheme we are going against, a tough place to play, a tough offense on the other side,” Romo said. “But that is what makes the game great.”