Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
When: Sunday, September 29th
Time/Channel: 8:20 PM ET / NBC
Weather: Night: 90 F
Spread: Saints +2.5
Total: 47 points
Moneyline: Cowboys -145, Saints +125
The New Orleans Saints return home to an electric Mercedes-Benz Superdome and host the Dallas Cowboys.
Despite the loss of quarterback Drew Brees, the Saints (2-1) battled through adversity and pulled out an upset win over the Seattle Seahawks 33-27.
Backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was solid in his first start for New Orleans, completing 19-of-27 for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
The Saints defense and special teams got them on the board twice with a 53-yard Deonte Harris punt return touchdown, and a 33-yard Vonn Bell fumble return touchdown.
Running back Alvin Kamara took care of the rest for the Saints leading the team in rushing and receiving, totaling 69 yards on 16 carries for one touchdown, adding nine receptions for 92 yards and one touchdown.
The Cowboys (3-0) remain undefeated after handling the Miami Dolphins 31-6.
Dallas’ offensive line pushed around Miami leading the way for two 100-yard rushers. Running back Ezekiel Elliott had 125 yards on 19 carries, and Tony Pollard had 13 rushes for 103 yards and one touchdown.
Quarterback Dak Prescott continued his already impressive start to the season completing 19-of-32 for 246 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, adding two carries for seven yards and another score
The Cowboys offense has clicked on all cylinders to start the season, leading the NFC with 32.3 ppg which ranks fourth in the NFL.
Saints Fantasy Star
Alvin Kamara, RB
As mentioned above, Kamara doubles as both the leading running back and wide receiver for the Saints.
Kamara has 21 targets on the season with 10 of those coming last week in Seattle. Look for Bridgewater to continue leaning on the running game and work through Kamara. Although his 37 percent target share from last week may not repeat against Dallas, I still see a heavy workload for the Pro Bowl running back.
Of course All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas will get his fair share of looks, but there is still plenty of room for both players to thrive. The Cowboys defense has allowed 257.7 passing yards per game, which ranks in the bottom half of the NFL.
Cowboys Fantasy Star
Jason Witten, TE
The ageless wonder Jason Witten has made his presence felt over the first three weeks of the season.
Last week, Witten caught three of four targets for 54 yards, which ranked second on the team. He has 10 receptions for 94 yards and two touchdowns on the season.
Although he may not be a downfield threat anymore, Witten has a nose from the end zone and is a proven reliable target for Prescott.
My expectation is that he will have a big night against New Orleans, who have allowed at least 10 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends.