The Saints were showing off for a Prime Time audience, easily beating the Cowboys, 49-17, on Sunday Night Football.
The New Orleans offense earned yet another spot in the NFL record books. On Sunday night, they broke the NFL record for first downs in a game. Late in the fourth quarter, Pierre Thomas ran for 5-yards and the Saints’ 40th first down of the evening.
Meanwhile, the Dallas defense was nabbing the record for the most yards allowed in franchise history.
Drew Brees threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns. Those passing touchdowns were to four different receivers–Marques Colston, Darren Sproles, Kenny Stills, and Pierre Thomas. Colston was the Saints’ leading receiver with seven receptions and 107 yards.
We expect the Saints to be great by the air. It was the ground game that was really eye-opening in this game. The Saints had three rushing touchdowns. Seriously. THREE RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS. Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, and Darren Sproles each recorded a rushing touchdown. Ingram was Saints’ leading rusher with 145 yards on 14 carries.
Garrett Hartley missed yet another field goal, this time a 37-yard attempt. Fortunately, in this game, that didn’t impact the outcome. But, seriously, Hartley needs to find his field goal kicking mojo.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo threw for 128 yards and a single touchdown. Rookie Terrance Williams scored on a 21-yard pass from Romo. DeMarco Murray scored a seven-yard rushing touchdown for the Cowboys.
This Saints win was crucial. The NFC South seems suddenly tight with the Panthers surging and the Saints’ loss last week. The Saints play the 49ers in Week 11 at the Superdome.