Two teams desperate to get back into the win column will meet when the Dallas Cowboys battle the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football. The Cowboys (7-4), who have dropped two in a row, can’t afford to fall any further behind Arizona if they want to secure the top seed in the NFC playoff picture. The Saints (5-6), who have lost four consecutive games, are on the fringe of the postseason and need a win to keep their NFC South title hopes alive. Tampa Bay leads the division by three games with just six to play.
Kickoff from the Superdome in New Orleans is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Dallas is a six-point favorite in the latest Cowboys vs. Saints odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 46. Before you make any Saints vs. Cowboys picks or TNF predictions, be sure to check out what red-hot SportsLine NFL expert Emory Hunt has to say.
Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007, and a former running back at Louisiana-Lafayette. He knows the game from a player’s perspective.
Hunt has had a lot of success in games involving the Dallas Cowboys. He went 30-20-1 in his last 51 against-the-spread picks in Dallas games, returning $920 to $100 players. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, Hunt has broken down Cowboys vs. Saints from every angle and just locked in his expert NFL picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his TNF picks. Now, here are the NFL odds and betting lines for Cowboys vs. Saints:
- Cowboys vs. Saints spread: Dallas -6
- Cowboys vs. Saints over-under: 46 points
- Cowboys vs. Saints money line: Dallas -270, New Orleans +220
- DAL: Under has hit in four of the last five Cowboys games
- NO: Saints are 4-1 against the spread as home underdogs
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Why the Cowboys can cover
Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, who will likely play after sitting out last week with a concussion, leads the Cowboys in receiving with 50 catches for 740 yards (14.8 average) and six touchdowns. He has had 13 explosive plays of 20 yards or more and converted 35 first downs. Lamb has played well on the road and has 100 or more receiving yards in three of his five road games this season.
Also making a big impact on offense is tight end Dalton Schultz, who has 47 receptions for 537 yards (11.4 average) and four touchdowns. He has six explosive plays and converted 27 first downs. He has had at least three receptions in eight of 11 games, including three against Las Vegas on Thanksgiving Day, when he had 46 receiving yards and one touchdown. He caught six passes, including two touchdowns, against Philadelphia in Week 3.
Why the Saints can cover
New Orleans has a solid defense led by defensive end Cameron Jordan, who has a sack in two of his last three home games. He has 15.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss in 11 career games on Thursday and needs one sack for his 10th consecutive five-sack season. Jordan has 37 tackles, including 22 solo, this season and six tackles for loss. He has one forced fumble and four pass breakups.
Safety Marcus Williams has also come up big for the Saints, registering a season-high nine tackles in Week 12. For the year, Williams is third on the team in tackles with 56, including 38 solo. He has seven pass breakups, two interceptions and one forced fumble. He has played well against Dallas in the past, recording an interception in his last meeting against the Cowboys.
How to make Cowboys vs. Saints picks
We can tell you that Hunt is leaning under the total in this matchup, but he has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s sharing what it is, and which side of the Cowboys vs. Saints spread to back, only at SportsLine.
Who wins Saints vs. Cowboys on Thursday Night Football? And what critical x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Saints vs. Cowboys spread you need to jump on, all from the expert who’s 30-20 on Dallas picks, and find out.