Malcolm Jenkins And Drew Brees Save The Saints From An Incredible Cowboys Comeback; New Orleans Beats Dallas, 30-27

The Saints visit Dallas to play the Cowboys on Thanksgiving day.

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Saints Vs. Cowboys: Malcolm Jenkins And Drew Brees Save The Day For The Saints


Just as things were starting to look their bleakest and the Cowboys were going to walk away with their second shocking win over Saints in the last two season, second-year cornerback Malcolm Jenkins stripped Cowboys receiver Roy Williams as Williams was streaking toward the end zone on a breakaway reception.

Of course, if you judged Williams' immediate reaction on the sideline, he wasn't too broken up about it.

The Saints, a team that struggled on offense all throughout the second half, suddenly came to life. It took them only five plays to go 89 yards. The key play was a perfect 55-yard bomb to Robert Meachem along the right sideline. On the next play, Drew Brees hit Lance Moore for a go-ahead 12-yard touchdown.

The Cowboys got the ball back with a minute and 50 seconds left needing at field goal to tie, but the drive stalled not far into New Orleans' territory. The Cowboys were forced to settle for a 59-yard David Buehler field goal attempt, which had the distance but sailed just wide left.


Saints Vs. Cowboys: Dallas Completes Its Comeback

It's pretty safe to say that should Dallas hold on to win on Thanksgiving after falling behind 17-0 in the first quarter that Jason Garrett has secured his long-term security as head coach of the Cowboys.

The Saints have struggled mightily to score in the second half. On their best opportunity, still holding the lead but just on the outer fringe of field goal range, failed to convert a 4th down and five.

New Orleans got the ball back still holding the lead 23-20 midway through the final quarter deep in their own territory. Two plays later, Drew Brees was intercepted after a pass careened off his hands of reserve tight end Jimmy Graham, playing in place of the injured Jeremy Shockey.

The interception by Gerald Sensabaugh to taken to the Dallas 49. Five plays later, Tashard Choice ran it in to give Dallas its first lead of the game.


Saints Vs. Cowboys: The Costly Reggie Bush Mistakes Start To Pile Up

I could hardly finish the last game update without Reggie Bush making another costly blunder that might cost his team a victory.

On the next possession after he dropped what almost certainly would have been a touchdown reception, Reggie Bush fumbled a punt return to give the Cowboys the ball at the Saints' 15. Dallas was able to punch it in to make it a three-point game, though it was no easy feat.

The Cowboys needed all four plays after getting a goal to go at the five yard line after gaining 10 yards on the first two plays of their drive. But with a 4th and goal inside the one, Marion Barber was able to punch it in to make it 23-20 with about four minutes left in the third quarter.


Saints Vs. Cowboys; Reggie Bush Stops Saints From Responding To Miles Austin Touchdown

It's been a rough return game so far for Reggie Bush. The Saints running back had a pass clang off his helmet in the first half and his other contributions have been pedestrian - one carry for one yard and one reception for 12 yards.

But Bush made a costly error in the third quarter when New Orleans had the ball in the red zone. Trying to respond with a touchdown of their own after Miles Austin drew the Cowboys within seven points of a tie with a 60-yard touchdown run on a reverse, Bush dropped a third down pass inside the Dallas' 10. Had Bush caught the pass over the middle, there was a very good chance he would have scored to push the Saints lead back to 14 points.

New Orleans instead had to settle for a 28-yard field goal from Garrett Hartley, his third of the game.


Saints Vs. Cowboys: Dallas And New Orleans Swap Field Goals To End First Half

The Cowboys offense is starting to find its legs after a disastrous first quarter. Too bad they can't seem to draw closer than 14 points of the Saints.

After the Cowboys got on the board with their first field goal, the Saints with a 13-play, 54-yard drive to add another field goal of their own, a 45-yarder by Garrett Hartley. Dallas, left with only 43 seconds to respond before the half, was able to drive into Saints territory was about 15 seconds left but no timeouts.

A pass to Jason Witten gained three yards before the tight end went out of bounds at the Saints' 41 with 10 seconds left. Kitna launched the next pass out of bounds along the right sideline, but Alex Brown was flagged for illegal use of the hands, pushing the Cowboys five yards closer. From there, David Buehler snuck a 53-yard field goal just inside the right upright to end with the first half with a 20-6 Saints lead.


Saints Vs. Cowboys: Dallas Is On The Board, But Could Have Had More

An optimistic Cowboys fan might suggest that Dallas weathered a 17-point onslaught by the Saints in the first quarter and responded by a 13-play scoring drive. A pessimistic, or even realistic, one might point out that settling for a field goal there does little to capture the momentum away from New Orleans.

The Cowboys' 79-yard drive took 7:41 off the clock and was highlighted by a 28-yard screen pass to Felix Jones. But once Dallas got inside the Saints' 10, things came undone. On a 1st down from Saints' 12, Jon Kitna threw a swing pass to Marion Barber that gained only three yards. On the following play, the snap from Andre Gurode was fumbled by Kitna. The third down pass to Jason Witten was a yard short of the first down marker at the two yard line. The Cowboys opted to take the chip shot field goal rather than attempt to convert the 4th and 1.


Saints Vs. Cowboys: Christopher Ivory Scores TD No. 2, And The Saints Take Control

New Orleans is rolling early on, and the Cowboys look terrible. It’s that simple. Jon Kitna has looked as hapless as ever through the first few series for Dallas, and just the same, Drew Brees, has been pretty much flawless.

After a Kitna interception led to a New Orleans field, the Saints just closed out another scoring drive, this time with a touchdown from Christopher Ivory, the newest of the plug-in running backs to emerge in New Orleans.

Dallas’ Miles Austin just left the field with an injury, and… Well, you get the picture. It’s not the start that Dallas was looking for. On the brightside, all of this has happened in the first quarter, so there’s still plenty of time for Dallas to turn things around. Stay tuned.


Saints vs. Cowboys: Drew Brees Hits Devery Henderson Deep, And The Saints Are In Front, 7-0

As Joe Buck said, “Happy Thanksgiving Dallas!”

It took New Orleans less than two minutes to befuddle the Dallas defense, as Drew Brees hit Devery Henderson on a deep pass down the middle that brought the Saints inside the Cowboys five. From there, the Saints made quick work of the Cowboys on the goal line, with Christopher Ivory taking it in from three yards out.

And just like that, the Cowboys are playing from behind…


Saints Vs. Cowboys: Reggie Bush Expected To Play But What About Jeremy Shockey?

As we mentioned, the New Orleans Saints are expected to welcome back to the lineup RB Reggie Bush, who has been out with a broken fibula since Week 3. However, Bush isn't the only one on the Saints injury report for the Thanksgiving day game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Also listed as questionable is S Malcolm Jenkins, S Darren Sharper and TE Jeremy Shockey. Saints beat writer Jeff Duncan predicts Jenkins, along with Bush, will play while Sharper and Shockey sit.

Shockey is suffering from a rib injury but did practice on Tuesday leading some to believe he'll be active when the Saints lineup against the Cowboys. Even if he is active, it doesn't sound like he'll have a large role. TE Jimmy Graham appears likely to see more action than Shockey.

The Saints have gone most of the season with Sharper so his absence wouldn't kill their chances by any means. Of course, it never hurts to have a veteran leader on the field.

Inactives will be released around 2:45 p.m.

Check out Canal Street Chronicles for more on the game.


Saints Vs. Cowboys: Reggie Bush Expected To Return From Injury

The New Orleans Saints may be seeing a familiar face on Thanksgiving day when they line up against the Dallas Cowboys. Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that the indications are that RB Reggie Bush will indeed play. Neither Bush nor head coach Sean Payton would reveal Bush's status but he practiced this week and is expected to play.

Bush has been out since Week 2 with a broken fibula and his return could spark a Saints offense that has scored 34 points in two consecutive weeks. Bush can likely expect somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 touches against the Cowboys and, as always, he's a threat to take it the distance. There's no word yet on his status as a return man.

Fantasy football players are likely to hear of Bush's return but for the Cowboys it's one more threat on the Saints offense to worry about.

For the season, Bush has seven carries for 18 yards and nine receptions for 63 yards. Check out Canal Street Chronicles for more on Bush's status. Inactives will be released around 2:45 p.m. (eastern).


Saints Vs. Cowboys Continue Thanksgiving Day Football Schedule

The New Orleans Saints travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys in the second of three Thanksgiving day football games this year. Looking at their records -- 7-3 for the Saints and 3-7 for the Cowboys -- you would think this would be a New Orleans blowout.

However, Dallas, who fired head coach Wade Phillips two weeks ago, has been playing well stringing together a pair of victories. They beat the New York Giants and Detroit Lions the last two weeks scoring 33 and 35 points. The revival of the offense for Dallas may make this game interesting.

SB Nation's Canal Street Chronicles has asked their readers to predict the final score. Of course the vast majority of them are picking the Saints, who are 4-4.5 point favorites. The Saints defense could be in for a challenge if the Cowboys offense continues to play like they have been. This could be a very good matchup because the Saints haven't given up more than 19 points in a game this month.

On the injury front, the Cowboys are of course without QB Tony Romo and they have RB Felix Jones listed as questionable. For the Saints, RB Pierre Thomas is out while four players are listed as questionable: RB Reggie Bush (fibula), S Malcolm Jenkins (neck), S Darren Sharper (hamstring), TE Jeremy Shockey (rib).

Check out Canal Street Chronicles and Blogging The Boys for more on the game.

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