In a turn of events that not many people saw coming, the New Orleans Saints suffered their second loss of the 2013 NFL season this past week at the hands of the up-and-down New York Jets. It was the Jets defense that ultimately made the difference in the game, coming up with big stops down the stretch and forcing Drew Brees to make a couple of rare mistakes.
Though Brees threw for a monstrous 382 yards in a game where the Saints were playing from behind, he only finished with two passing touchdowns and threw two picks on the game. With the limited running game that New Orleans has, they can’t afford to make those types of mistakes in their passing game. Coming into their week 10 matchup on Sunday Night Football with the Dallas Cowboys, though, all signs seem to point to the Saints passing game rebounding from their loss this past week.
The first thing working in the Saints favor is that they could be back at full-strength this week in their passing game. Darren Sproles was back in practice on Wednesday after leaving the Jets game in the first quarter with a concussion, which is huge for Brees as a safety-valve out of the backfield. Moreover, Marques Colston was at practice, though he was limited, on Wednesday as well and could return to action this week.
The most important factor for the Saints’ passing attack, though is the fact that they are indeed up against Dallas. On the season, Dallas’ defense has been consistently burned through the air. They rank next to last in the league in passing yards allowed per game at 305 and have also allowed 16 touchdowns through the air. They do have 23 sacks on the year, but it’s hard to hang your hat on that alone.
Unless the Cowboys can force turnovers, which is somewhat hit or miss for them, the Saints and Brees should have a big day throwing the ball. As they try to get back on the winning path, their biggest offensive strength should look stronger than ever.