Saints vs Cowboys pregame guide

December 2, 2021

The 5-6 Saints take on the 7-4 Cowboys in a Thursday Night Football matchup with heavy playoff implications. Kickoff is at 5:30 PM PST, 7:30 PM CT, 8:30 PM EST in the Caesars superdome .

How/where to watch the game

The game will be televised on Fox and NFL Network. If you however don’t get the game, links to live streams of the game will be sent to my Saints groups chat. Link is here to join: 


The Saints will be wearing their color rush jerseys for the second straight week and the final time of the season. 


Ian Book, Tony Jones Jr., Alvin Kamara, Kaden Elliss, Ryan Ramczyk, Terron Armstead and Marcus Davenport

Roster moves 

Placed DE Tanoh Kpassagnon on IR, signed T Caleb Benenoch, DT Albert Huggins, FB Adam Prentice to the 53-man roster from PS, Elevated LB Chase Hansen, G Forrest Lamp from PS to gameday active roster.

Injury report

Alvin Kamara (knee), Terron Armstead (knee), Ryan Ramczyk (knee), Marcus Davenport (shoulder), Tanoh Kpassagnon (ankle), Kaden Elliss (hamstring) are all out.

Players to watch

Taysom Hill, how comfortable he looks at quarterback and how athletic he looks with that injured foot. 

Marshon Lattimore, he’s had a few down weeks, can he bounce back vs Lamb and possibly Cooper.

Carl Granderson, he had a good game last week, can he continue that style of play and pressure Dak.

Brett Maher, we haven’t seen much of him, can he maybe be a good solid consistent kicker.

Things to keep an eye on 

How does the offensive line perform if Terron and Ramczyk wind up not playing.

Does the run game get back on track with Mark Ingram back and maybe Alvin Kamara.

Can the return game be better after a horrific week vs Buffalo. 

How comfortable is Taysom Hill at quarterback. 

How does the offense look with a new quarterback and can they get into a momentum.

Keys to the game 

Convert, the Saints have been a terrible offense on third down, two point attempts, PAT’s, and taking advantage of opportunities the defense presents. If the Saints want to win this game they have to be able to keep the chains moving and take advantage of when the Cowboys turn the ball over. The Saints can’t leave any points off the board, and need to convert in their PAT’s and their red zone opportunities. 

Make Taysom comfortable, Hill will make his first start since December of last season. He hasn’t played as a starter in a few weeks due to a foot injury, so the team around him will have to help him out. Obviously that’s a lot to ask for this season because the supporting cast has a lack of experience. However, guys like Mark Ingram, Deonte Harris, and the offensive line need to be a solid part of the team tonight and give Hill some assistance so he can make the right reads. 

Control the clock, the Cowboys offense has been one of the best this season and keeping their offense off the field would be huge. It rests the defense, gets some amount of points, and keeps the Cowboys offense off the field as much as possible. Running the ball efficiently and chewing clock will be a big part of the offensive game plan tonight. 

Written By Kadin Janisch

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