New Orleans Saints
This year one of the games on Thanksgiving is the Dallas Cowboys hosting the New Orleans Saints. These are two teams with different reasons for giving it everything they have in this nationally televised event. The defending NFL champion New Orleans Saints are making a playoff run while the Cowboys are playing for pride and the opportunity to be with the team next year.
The New Orleans Saints got off to an inconsistent start on both sides of the ball. This is as a result of injuries to key players and the motivation that teams have when they play the defending Super Bowl Champions. The New Orleans Saints have seemed to regain their old form on offense and are in some ways playing better than last year on defense.
The Cowboys on the other hand are in the middle of a very disappointing season. Many, including the owner Jerry Jones, had picked the Cowboys to make a run at the Super Bowl. They are currently 3 – 7 and totally out of the playoff picture. However, since firing head coach Wade Phillips the Cowboys are 2 -0. They at this point appear to be headed in a different direction but only time will tell if Jason Garrett has righted the ship.
The New Orleans Saints hope to have Reggie Bush along with other key starters like Darren Sharper, Malcolm Jenkins and Jeremy Shockey back for this game. They have been playing shorthanded all year but have been able to stay in the playoff picture with a record of 7 -3. The New Orleans Saints are in a five way tie for the second best record in the conference.
The Cowboys are trying to find an identity on offense without starter Tony Romo who is injured. The Dallas defense will be tested by the high powered New Orleans Saints offense that seems to be hitting its stride.
Kickoff is set for 3:15 CDT at the Dallas Cowboy Stadium. WHO DAT!