Cowboys-Saints Has Biggest Thursday Night Football Rating In History

Cowboys-Saints Has Biggest Thursday Night Football Rating In History

Dallas Cowboys fans held their feelings on comments ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith made ahead of Week 13 close to the chest.

Rams players are generally only concerned with what they can control and that's winning each week, but there's no doubt they watched Thursday night's game and came away pleased with the result. "Trap games" shouldn't exist in Saints land.

Randy Gregory's initial push moved Drew Brees around the pocket, where an outside move by Tyrone Crawford gave him a free run at the NFL's all-time leading passer.

The Cowboys (7-5), who have won four consecutive games, dominated the first half.

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Because the Cowboys played Thursday night, they won't play again until December 9 against the Eagles in a key NFC East showdown. In Smith's exact words, there was "not a damn chance" Dallas would defeat the Saints on Thursday night. Michael Thomas was the only Saints pass-catcher to hit the 40-yard mark receiving.

The Dallas defense held New Orleans to just 59 yards in total offense - the fewest the Saints had gained in a first half since 2001 - and only three downs, which marked the fewest for New Orleans since 2004. It limited Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram in the ground game.

On the offensive end, Dak Prescott was the definition of efficient, completing 24-of-28 passes for 248 yards and one touchdown.

Early in the second quarter, Amari Cooper lost the ball after a catch and the Saints recovered the fumble.

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