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DALLAS COWBOYS (8-5) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (13-0)

 

SERIES

 

COWBOYS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

14-8

STREAKS

Past 5

COACHES VS. OPP.

Phillips: 1-1

Payton: 1-0

LAST WEEK

L 20-17 vs. Chargers

W 26-23 at Falcons

LAST GAME

12/10/06: Saints 42 at Cowboys 17.  New Orleans QB Drew Brees passes for 384 yards & 5

TDs as Saints tally 536 yards of offense in road win vs. Cowboys.

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/28/03: Saints 13, Cowboys 7.  New Orleans WR Donte' Stallworth catches 76-yard TD pass & K John Carney adds 2 FGs as New Orleans defeats Dallas in 2003 season finale. 

BROADCAST

NFLN (7:20 PM CT): Bob Papa, Matt Millen.  Westwood One Radio: Howard David, Randy Cross, Kevin Kiley (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 124 (WW1), 126 (Dal.), 125 (NO).  XM: 124 (WW1), 103 (Dal.), 102 (NO).

STATS

PASSING

Romo: 276-444-3,574 (3C)-22-7-97.4

Brees: 302-432-3,832 (1C)-32 (1L)-10-112.3 (1L)

RUSHING

Barber: 166-716-4.3-4

P. Thomas: 135-713-5.3-5

RECEIVING

Witten (TE): 77 (3C)-793-10.3-1

Colston: 56-908-16.2-9

OFFENSE

391.1 (3L)

426.1 (1L)

TAKE/GIVE

-1

+16 (2L)

DEFENSE

329.4

347.6

SACKS

Ware: 9

Smith: 10

INTs

Jenkins: 4

Sharper: 8 (T1C)

PUNTING

McBriar: 44.9

Morstead (R): 42.7

KICKING

Folk: 84 (33/33 PAT: 17/26 FG)

Carney: 89 (50/52 PAT; 13/17 FG)

 

NOTES

COWBOYS:  QB TONY ROMO aims for 4th in row with 100+ rating.  Has 7 TDs, 0 INTs & 114.3 rating in past 3.  Team is 24-5 (.828) when he starts & has 100+ rating...RB MARION BARBER has 35 rush TDs since 2006, 2nd most in NFC.  RB-KR FELIX JONES averages 42.5 yards per TD in career...WR MILES AUSTIN ties for NFL lead with 7 rec. TDs of 20+ yards.  Has 999 yards, 17.2 avg. & 10 rec. TDs & can become 1st Cowboy since 1979 (TONY HILL) with 1,000+ yards, 17+ avg. & 10+ rec. TDs.  TE JASON WITTEN has 254 receptions & 2,890 yards since 2007, both 2nd most among NFL TEs.  WR ROY WILLIAMS had 4 catches for 111 yards (27.8 avg.) in only meeting (12/24/05 with Det.)...LB DE MARCUS WARE has 43 sacks since 2007, most in NFL.  Has 9 sacks in past 9.  Had sack in last meeting.  CB TERENCE NEWMAN had INT last week...

 

SAINTS Are 13-0 for 1st time in team history.  Lead NFL with 35.8 scoring avg.  Head coach SEAN PAYTON was asst. with Dal. from 2003-05...QB DREW BREEScompleted 26 of 38 (68.4 pct.) for 384 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 140.8 rating in last meeting.  Is 6-0 at home with 131 rating, completing 136 of 187 (72.7 pct.) for 1,926 yards (321 per game) with 18 TDs vs. 3 INTs.  Needs 168 yards for 4th consecutive 4,000-yard season...RB REGGIE BUSH had 6 catches for 125 yards (20.8 avg.) & TD in last meeting.  Had 2 rec. TDs last week.  RB PIERRE THOMAS has 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in past 3 at home...WR MARQUES COLSTON has 11 rec. TDs in past 10 Dec. games.  WR ROBERT MEACHEM has TD in 5 of past 6 (7 TDs).  In last meeting, WR DEVERY HENDERSON had catches of 50 & 42 (TD) yards...DE WILL SMITH has 3 sacks & FF in 2 meetings.  Aims for 3rd in row vs. Dal. with sack.  Has 7.5 sacks in past 7.  S DARREN SHARPER has 57 INTs, 1,309 yards & 9 INT-TDs since 2000, most in NFL.