Saints vs. Cowboys Point Spread: NFL Week 13 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Nov 26, 2018

Not too often in the NFL that a team gets a chance to win on back-to-back Thursdays, but that’s the case for both clubs to kick off Week 13 as New Orleans visits Dallas in a matchup of division leaders.

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November 29, 2018, 8:20 PM ET
AT&T Stadium
Dallas
10-6
Pointspread -7.5 -120
Moneyline -370
Over / Under o +52.5

78%

Betting Action

22%

Pointspread +7.5 +100
Moneyline +290
Over / Under u +52.5

78%

Betting Action

22%

Tied with the Rams for the NFL’s best record at 10-1, the Saints are a foregone conclusion to win the NFC South Division for the second straight year (could this week) but have their eyes on the conference’s top seed. They do hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over L.A. and are on a 10-game winning streak, easily the longest in the NFL. How did the Saints lose Week 1 at home to Tampa Bay!?!

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Dallas is tied with Washington atop the NFC East, but the Redskins recently lost starting QB Alex Smith for the season so that division is likely the Cowboys’ to lose – although the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles could still have a say as they are just a game back. Dallas looked in major trouble following an ugly performance on Monday night in a Week 9 loss to the Titans but has turned it around.

New Orleans has won nine of the past 11 in this series, but they haven’t played since 2015. That means the Saints haven’t seen Cowboys QB Dak Prescott or one of the NFL’s top running backs in Ezekiel Elliott.

The home team is 4-1 ATS in the past five meetings.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints’ 10-game winning streak is not a franchise record. That would be 13, as the 2009 team started 13-0. That club won the franchise’s only Super Bowl in its lone appearance to date. The past five in the current run all have been won by double digits. It was 31-17 on Thanksgiving night over Atlanta. New Orleans was thin at receiver due to injury, and all Drew Brees did was throw TD passes to guys named Tommylee Lewis, Austin Carr, Dan Arnold and Keith Kirkwood.

Don’t fret if you’ve never heard of them: All four entered the league within the past three years as undrafted free agents. New Orleans failed to cover the spread in its first two games this year and has in each since.

Dallas Cowboys

Not many teams are run-first in today’s NFL, but the Cowboys are behind Elliott. They improved to 5-1 this year when he has 100 yards rushing as Elliott finished with 121 and a TD in the 31-23 Thanksgiving win over Washington. Elliott added five catches. The NFL’s leading rusher will be tested by the league’s No. 1 rush defence.

Amari Cooper, recently acquired in trade from Oakland, had his best game as a Cowboy by far with eight catches for 180 yards and two scores. Giving up a 2019 first-round pick for Cooper doesn’t look so bad now. Dallas still has very little other than Cooper at receiver.

Saints vs. Cowboys Prediction

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