NFL Best Bets for Thursday Night Football: Saints-Cowboys

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We finally have a primetime game that doesn’t feature the Seahawks or Steelers! This Thursday, we have a game between the Cowboys and Saints. Unfortunately for us, the Saints are not at full strength, but that should help with handicapping the game.

The Cowboys over their last few games have been struggling. Their defense let them down against the Raiders on Thanksgiving, and their offense was nonexistent against the Chiefs. There was also a loss to Denver at home which didn’t make much sense to me. Sandwiched between the two losses was a win where they absolutely destroyed the Falcons. They are without Amari Cooper, but got back Michael Gallup.

The Saints are in much worse shape in terms of injury if you ask me. Jameis Winston is done for the season. Alvin Kamara is still listed as questionable and hasn’t played in almost a month. He was limited at practice so far this week. I doubt we see him in this game because he would get another extended rest if he sits out.

The Saints are good at home, and they have a very good defense. I’m not saying they will win this game, but it is also hard to advise that you bet against them. I am going to do just that though. The Saints have lost their last four games. Two of them were only by two points but the past two have been by 25 and 11. The Cowboys are a good team, their defense has a chance to make an impact on the game against a backup quarterback. I’m going to take Dallas to win this game by more than 5 points. The line is currently at -4.5, I think they should win by a touchdown.

I don’t think there will be a lot of points scored in this game either. If Dallas gets back all of their playmakers they have a chance to make this a track meet. But, mostly I just don’t see New Orleans making a difference offensively. They probably won’t be able to keep up with the Cowboys on offense. The total isn’t very high, which concerns me a bit, but I’ll take the under anyway. I see more field goals than touchdowns. Take under 47.5 at -110.

Written by David Troy

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