Rob Phillips and the rest of the mothership crew gives their predictions for Cowboys at Saints.
Rob Phillips: Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore said Jason Garrett “maxed that sucker out” regarding the noise in practice this week, trying best to simulate what’s in store Sunday night at the Superdome. How the offense handles that in pre-snap communication, particularly early when that place is rocking, will be most critical. This where a veteran offensive line, and Travis Frederick at center, helps the Cowboys in a situation like this. The Saints undoubtedly have a sense of urgency without Drew Brees, but I’ve seen enough from the Dallas offense in three games to feel good about their ability to move the ball and score points over the course of 60 minutes. They were 1-of-5 in the red zone last November against New Orleans. As long as they’re finishing drives, I think it’ll be the Cowboys moving to 4-0 for the first time in 12 years.
Cowboys’ Amari Cooper will play vs. Saints, Xavier Woods likely to return from ankle injury in Week 4 - Patrik Walker, CBS Sports
Amari is fine, and X-man could be back... already?
Amari Cooper will be on the field when the Dallas Cowboys visit the New Orleans Saints in Week 4, and it’s likely Xavier Woods might return to join in the war effort. Cooper underwent an MRI this week on what was described as a sore ankle, and while the test results were negative, the Cowboys scaled back his workload in practice as a precaution.
On Friday, owner Jerry Jones more or less made it plain that Cooper would be ready to play, and the three-time Pro Bowler also participated in the final practice of the week.
”Yes, I feel very good about that,” Jones said. “His ability to push off, his ability to do anything, I think we’re in good shape.”
The Cowboys will be without multiple key contributors again in week four, but should be getting back a few as well.
2:23 p.m. – Wide receiver Michael Gallup (knee) and defensive linemen Antwaun Woods (knee) and Tyrone Crawford (hip) are officially ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Saints. None practiced during the week.
Rookie linebacker Luke Gifford (ankle) is listed as questionable. No one else on the injury list has their status for Sunday in question, including guard Zack Martin (back), who returned to practice on a limited basis Friday, and fellow starters Amari Cooper (ankle) and Xavier Woods (ankle).
Cowboys fans continue to feel confident heading into the biggest game of the season - RJ Ochoa, Blogging the Boys
How does Cowboys Nation feel about the team heading into Saints week?
Somehow we’re already at Week 4 of the 2019 NFL season. It always goes by so much faster than any of us would have wanted.
It’s getting darker outside sooner and shortly (hopefully) we’ll start to get some cooler weather. Fall is officially here and so are all of the joys that come with it, including feeling really good about the Dallas Cowboys.
Every week we track how Cowboys fans are feeling about the state of the team (along with some NFL-wide discussion) with SB Nation’s FanPulse tool. You can sign up right here to be part of the group that is polled.
There are plenty of reasons to feel confident in the Cowboys right now. They have one of the best offenses in the NFL, a quarterback playing at an MVP level, a running back who’s off to the best start of his career, a star wide receiver, and a defense full of talent that likely figures to start finding their true and proper form.
Maybe it’s because the Cowboys defense felt suspect last week that fan confidence actually dipped from last week to this one, or maybe it’s because confidence was just so high to begin with. Either way the numerical value of how confident Cowboys fans are feeling did indeed dip from Week 3 to Week 4... by one little percent.
‘Tell me you don’t like these’: How Dak Prescott plans with Cowboys OC Kellen Moore - Jori Epstein, USA Today
Can Kellen Moore and Dak Prescott continue their scorching hot start to the season?
“Dak,” the Cowboys offensive coordinator tells his quarterback. “Tell me you don’t like these plays.”
It’s an important step in the weekly game plan session for a Cowboys offense ranked third in the NFL. It’s a step that takes place on Fridays.
Each Friday, first-year coordinator Moore huddles with Prescott, who is in his fourth year as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback. The duo reviews the week and the game-planning process that, of course, began long before week’s end. Moore will detail revelations he’s gathered on the defense’s tendencies during late nights at the office on Monday and Tuesday. Prescott will consider which routes star receiver Amari Cooper wants to adjust this week. Both men consider Prescott’s practice play, be it an overthrown ball to speedy receiver Devin Smith or a red-zone target to Jason Witten that Prescott had a feeling might become the interception that safety Jeff Heath did in fact make it.
They ask themselves: What is Prescott comfortable with? What will the offense be most comfortable with? How can we most effectively confuse the defense?
Tank Lawrence is literally the coolest.
Cowboys players have heard the chatter that those opponents are a combined 1-8 to start the season. With Sunday night’s visit to New Orleans on tap, Dallas plans to have a better idea of how good it can be in 2019.
Not facing Drew Brees will take some shine off the game, but Sean Payton still patrols the sideline, Alvin Kamara is an alien inhabiting our planet, and the Saints offer one of the most raucous crowds in the NFL.
”Go to New Orleans and hear the whole crowd talk about some ‘Who Dat’ or whatever,” Lawrence said, via the Dallas Morning News. “It’s a great opportunity to show them ‘We Dat.’”
Dallas Cowboys continued success leads to a Jason Garrett extension - Kenneth Wilson, The Landry Hat
Could the Cowboys continued success lead to a Garrett extension, or will the Jones’ let this thing play out?
While Jason Garrett isn’t an issue if you ask the author, many fans seem to be over his tenure as the headman of the Cowboys. Coaches have their specialties, such as Sean McVay being an offensive guru or Vic Fangio being a defensive specialist, and Garrett has his specialty too.
Much like Mike Tomlin, who many can take or leave as well, Garrett is a leader of men/CEO/Motivator type of coach. In example, after losing to Tennessee on Monday Night Football last season, the team doesn’t ring off almost eight straight wins to finish with a record of 10-6 unless they are buying what Garrett’s selling. No matter which side of his you fall on though, he’ll probably be the guy moving forward past this year as well.
The Cowboys could possibly take a two-game lead on the division with a win on Sunday night. The Philadelphia Eagles won a collision of a contest on Thursday night to move to 2-2 on the season.
Cowboys’ Jerry Jones Talks 17-Game NFL Schedule Negotiations with Players Union - Tyler Conway, Bleacher Report
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks the possibility of a 17-game schedule.
”It is an item of negotiation, and we are involved in negotiation with the player union. ... I couldn’t comment on it because ... I don’t want to get into [where players stand on expanding the regular season],” Jones told reporters.
Speculation about expanding the regular season has been ongoing for years, but it doesn’t appear much progress has been made in the push from NFL owners. An expansion of the season would have to be collectively bargained, and the league has played 16 games since 1978.
There are 18 months remaining in the current NFL collective bargaining agreement, a 10-year deal struck following a lockout in 2011.
Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic reported ownership has backed off its initial desire to push for an 18-game schedule, instead looking into the 17-game slate. The league would remove one or two preseason games, which have increasingly seen fewer star players participating.