For a team coming off their second loss in three games and about to embark on the toughest part of their schedule, the New Orleans Saints got exactly what they needed.
A Sunday night game inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
I wrote earlier this season about the Saints success in primetime on Monday nights. Well on Sunday nights, they're even better. And when I say better, I mean unbeaten.
Sean Payton has never lost a game he's coached on Sunday night football. Their 49-17 win over Dallas makes his sixth in a row.
It followed the familiar primetime script: crowd gets jacked, they build a lead, opponent get flustered, they get dominant win.
But on Sunday, the Saints took it to a new level. This wasn't just domination; this was an utter dismantling.
When Darren Sproles scored just before halftime, the Cowboys were on life support. By the time Mark Ingram punched it in the end zone to make the score 35-10, they were dead. And there was still 2:17 left in the third quarter.
The stat sheet backed up the massacre. The Saints outgained Dallas, 625-193 in total yards. They converted 9-12 on third downs to the Cowboys' 0-9. They held a remarkable 39:32-20:08 edge in time of possession. The Cowboys ran 43 plays; the Saints had 40….. first downs.
Understand, this was not the SEC vs. MAC where that kind of disparity would be expected. This was two division-leading playoff contenders.
But on Sunday night, only one team looked that way.
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