Sunday night’s match up between the Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints is an important one for many reasons. This will be another nationally televised Saints game, and typically New Orleans has done well not only during prime time games but also at home. Besides all that there are serious implications for this game.
First of all, this will be another opportunity to see how the Saints bounce back and respond to a loss following their 26-20 loss to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium last week. After starting 5-0 to begin the season New Orleans has dropped two of their last three games and currently lead the NFC South. But the Carolina Panthers are slowly creeping up with a 5-3 record and some great play behind Cam Newton.
This Sunday night game will also be important because of the playoff implications as we settle in for the second half of the 2013 NFL season. As previously mentioned the Saints currently hold first place in the NFC South and the second best record in the NFC. The Cowboys are one game ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East, and it is possible these two teams, the Saints and Cowboys, could see each other again in the postseason depending on their playoff seeding.
This game will be important for defensive coordinator Rob Ryan as well who was fired by the Cowboys after the end of last season. Ryan led a pretty good defense while in Dallas and especially in 2012. Most, if not all of the defensive staff was kept on in Dallas, so his firing was telling. Ryan may not say it out loud and will likely spout off the usual cliches if asked, but you have to believe he wants to show the Cowboys why his being let go was a mistake.