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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Dallas 3 7 7 0 17
New Orleans 7 21 7 14 49
5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 AM 北京时间6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST7:30 PM CT5:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ET23:30 , November 10, 2013
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana  Attendance: 73,018

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Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints

  1. Dallas defeated Minnesota, 27-23, at home in Week 9, and has now won three of its last four games overall. The Cowboys rushed for just 36 yards against the Vikings last Sunday -- their fewest in any win in almost exactly 26 years (since rushing for 26 yards in a 33-24 win on November 2, 1987 versus Giants).
  2. The Saints dropped a 26-20 decision to the Jets in the Meadowlands last Sunday, and are 1-2 since beginning the 2013 campaign with five straight victories. New Orleans has won all four of its home contests this season by an average of 17.3 points per game.
  3. New Orleans beat Dallas, 34-31, at AT&T Stadium in overtime last season (Week 16), and including two straight wins, is 7-1 against the Cowboys since 1998. Each of the last three meetings between these clubs has been decided by seven or fewer points (since 2009).
  4. Tony Romo threw a season-high 51 passes in last Sunday's win, completing 34 of those for 337 yards and two touchdowns (1 INT). Romo has at least one scoring pass in each of his last 22 games -- the second-longest active regular-season streak in the NFL (Peyton Manning -- 31).
  5. Jimmy Graham caught nine passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns last Sunday, giving him 10 TDs overall in 2013 -- most of any player in the league. Graham is the first tight end in NFL history to record 10 touchdown receptions in the first eight games of a season.
  6. Dallas has a plus-10 turnover differential in 2013 -- best in the NFC and second best in the NFL overall (Kansas City is plus-15). The Cowboys were a minus-13 in turnover differential last season (tied for fifth worst in the NFL).
Team Comparison

New Orleans
28.6 Points 27.0
267.1 Pass Yds 317.6
75.7 Rush Yds 79.8
21 Takeaways 15


STATS Writer

(AP) -- Rob Ryan famously stated he would be "out of work for like five minutes" when the Dallas Cowboys fired him as their defensive coordinator after last season.

Though he was unemployed for a bit longer than he originally thought, Ryan has helped improve a New Orleans Saints defense that will look to shut down his surging former team Sunday night at the Superdome.

Ryan spent two seasons in Dallas, with his unit ranking 14th in 2011 and 19th in 2012 in total defense. He was let go Jan. 8 after the Cowboys finished 8-8, and with his usual confident swagger said he knew it wouldn't take long for him to land on his feet.

Saints coach Sean Payton hired Ryan on Jan. 24 to help transform a defense that finished dead last in the NFL last season. New Orleans (6-2) ranks ninth this year and has given up 18 points or fewer six times.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said there's no animosity between him and Ryan, even though he informed his former coordinator of the decision via phone call.

"I love Rob Ryan," Garrett said. "He is a fantastic person. He is a fantastic coach. And has been for a long time."

Cowboys who served under Ryan spoke highly of him, though they know his personality and realize this contest will provide some extra motivation. Ryan's current players know that, too.

"Any time a guy gets fired from a spot he's at and he has an opportunity to play them, he wants to prove a point," Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis said. "They know that. We know that."

New Orleans has been strong against the pass giving up an average of 211.9 yards to rank fifth. That unit will be tested against Tony Romo, who is fifth in the NFL with a 100.0 passer rating - one spot behind Drew Brees' 104.5 mark.

Romo went 34 of 51 for 337 yards and two touchdowns, including a scoring pass with 35 seconds remaining to give the NFC East-leading Cowboys (5-4) a 27-23 win over Minnesota last week.

Dallas has won three of four, and Payton knows slowing Romo will be a difficult task. Payton served as Dallas' assistant head coach from 2003-05 and helped sign Romo, who like Payton is an alum of Eastern Illinois, after he went undrafted in 2003.

"I was there three years working with him, and he has improved each year," Payton said. "He's got a very quick delivery. He's very accurate and studies hard. He's a student of the game and likes playing a lot."

Romo threw for 416 yards and four touchdowns in New Orleans' 34-31 overtime win over the Cowboys on Dec. 23.

"He's having the best year of his career this season," Payton said. "He's been very good in regards to his decision making. He knows pre-snap where he wants to go. He's got a very quick way of getting through his progressions and the ball comes out extremely fast."

Dallas' running game has struggled, though, ranking 27th with an average of 75.7 yards per game. It finished with a season-low 36 last week on only nine attempts.

"DeMarco (Murray) looked like he was going to have a good day, but as it wore on there were some minus runs that got us behind the sticks a little bit," Garrett said. "Hard for us to get in a rhythm. So, when you step back from it and you look at it and say, `Boy, we need to run it more.'"

The Cowboys may want to do that against a Saints defense that ranks 25th allowing an average of 121.3 yards on the ground, including a season-worst 198 in last week's 26-20 loss to the New York Jets.

New Orleans has dropped two of three following a 5-0 start, cutting its NFC South lead over Carolina to one game.

"We're not down," linebacker Curtis Lofton said. "We know the kind of players we have in the locker room and what kind of coaches we have. When we do play efficient football and execute, there's not too many teams that can play with us."

Payton said his team needs to have more balance offensively, which falls on him. Brees finished 30 of 51 for 382 yards and two touchdowns against the Jets, but he also threw a pair of interceptions while the Saints only ran the ball 13 times.

"We've been a little bit lopsided," Payton said of his play-calling. "Pass protection becomes more manageable when you're running the football and so this gets back to me."

New Orleans has won seven of the last eight meetings with Dallas after Brees passed for 446 yards and three touchdowns in the last matchup.

Dez Bryant, who caught nine passes for a career-high 224 yards and two TDs last season against the Saints, plans to play Sunday night despite a back injury.

Updated November 6, 2013

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