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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (7-3) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (3-7)

SERIES

 

SAINTS

COWBOYS

SERIES LEADER

 

15-8

STREAKS

5 of past 6

 

COACHES VS. OPP.

Payton: 1-1

Garrett: 0-0

LAST WEEK

W 34-19 vs. Seahawks

W 35-19 vs. Lions

LAST GAME

12/19/09: Cowboys 24 at Saints 17.  Dallas QB Tony Romo completes 22 of 34 attempts (64.7 pct.) for 312 yards & 1 TD as Cowboys take 24-3 lead & hold off New Orleans.

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/10/06: Saints 42, Cowboys 17.  New Orleans QB Drew Brees passes for 5 TDs as Saints tally 536 yards of offense. 

BROADCAST

FOX (3:15 PM CT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter).  Westwood One Radio: Howard David, Tony Boselli, Kevin Kiley (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 124 (WW1), 123 (NO), 126 (Dal.).  XM: 124 (WW1), 105 (NO), 103 (Dal.). 

STATS

PASSING

Brees: 290-417-2,969 (1C)-22 (1C)-14-93.3

Kitna: 100-158-1,223-10-7-89.7

RUSHING

Ivory (R): 101-481-4.8-1

Jones: 98-404-4.1-0

RECEIVING

Colston: 62 (T3L)-705-11.4-4

Witten (TE): 50-561-11.2-3

OFFENSE

382.3 (3C)

356.6

TAKE/GIVE

-4

-6

DEFENSE

291.7 (3C)

352.4

SACKS

Ellis: 4

Ware: 8.5 (2C)

INTs

Greer: 2

Newman: 2

PUNTING

Morstead: 46.7 (2C)

McBriar: 47.9 (1C)

KICKING

Hartley: 53 (23/23 PAT; 10/15 FG)

Buehler: 59 (26/27 PAT; 11/15 FG)

 

 

NOTES

SAINTS In only start at Dal., QB DREW BREES completed 26 of 38 (68.4 pct.) for 384 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 140.8 rating.  When Brees has 120+ rating, his teams are 24-1 (.960), incl. playoffs…RB REGGIE BUSH had 162 scrimmage yards in last game at Dal., incl. 6 catches for 125 yards & TD.  RB PIERRE THOMAS had 5 catches for 50 yards in last meeting.  RB JULIUS JONES spent 1st 4 seasons with Dal. (2004-07) & rushed for 150 yards & 2 TDs on Thanksgiving 2004…WR MARQUES COLSTON had 8 catches for 113 yards & 2 TDs last week.  WR LANCE MOORE had TD in last game vs. Dal.  TE JEREMY SHOCKEY had career-high 12 catches & 129 yards with TD in last game vs. Dal. (11/11/07 with NYG)…DE WILL SMITH has 5 sacks in 3 meetings & aims for 4th in row vs. Dal with sack.  CB JABARI GREER had INT in last game vs. Dal. (10/8/07 with Buf.).  DT SEDRICK ELLIS has 4 sacks, 2nd most by NFC DT.  LB JONATHAN VILMA had 14 tackles & sack in last meeting…

 

COWBOYS Are 27-14-1 on Thanksgiving, incl. 4 consecutive wins...QB JON KITNA is 2-0 in career vs. NO.  Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ TDs & 120+ rating…Incl. playoffs, RB FELIX JONES has 9 career TDs (7 rush, 1 rec., 1 KR) & averages 49.8 yards per TD (448 yards).  RB MARION BARBER rushed for 2 TDs in last meeting…WR-PR DEZ BRYANT has 44 catches & needs 3 to pass HOFer BOB HAYES (46) for most by Cowboys rookie.  Has 8 TDs (6 rec. 2 PR), most among NFL rookies.  WR MILES AUSTIN had 7 catches for 139 yards & TD in last game vs. NO.  TE JASON WITTEN aims for 3rd Thanksgiving in row with 100+ yards. LB DE MARCUS WARE has 3 sacks in 2 meetings.  Has 65 sacks since 2006, most in NFL.  Has 4 sacks in past 2 on Thanksgiving.  CB BRYAN MC CANN had 97-yard PR-TD last week & is 1st rookie ever with 97+ yard TD in consecutive games (101-yard INT-TD in Wk 10).  CB TERENCE NEWMAN has 4 INTs in past 6 Thanksgiving games, incl. INT-TD.