Saturday, December 19, 2009

Cowboys hold down Saints early

Early on in New Orleans, the Cowboys are on top of the Saints, 14-0, thanks to Dallas' defense forcing a pair of three-and-outs on New Orleans first two drives. In the mean time, the Cowboys offense has been churning down the field for a pair of touchdowns.

To give you an idea of the fast-starters that the Saints have been all season, here's a look at the results of their opening drives in 2009:
Week 1: vs. DetroitTouchdown
Week 2: at PhiladelphiaTouchdown
Week 3: at BuffaloTouchdown
Week 4: vs. N.Y. JetsField Goal
Week 6: vs. N.Y. GiantsTouchdown
Week 7: at MiamiPunt
Week 8: vs. AtlantaTouchdown
Week 9: vs. CarolinaPunt
Week 10: at St. LouisIntercepted Pass
Week 11: at Tampa BayPunt
Week 12: vs. New EnglandField Goal
Week 13: at WashingtonPunt
Week 14: at AtlantaField Goal
Week 15: vs. DallasPunt

The Cowboys forced the Saints to punt on their first two possessions for only the second time this season. Both possessions were 3-and-out drives of 9- and 7-yards. As for the Cowboys, they scored touchdowns on their first two drives of the game for an early 14-0 lead.

Marion Barber plunged into the end zone from three yards out after struggling last week to punch in a ball from inside the five yard line on four straight carries.

As for the Cowboys, the two touchdowns on the first two drives were a refreshing change after having struggles on the offensive side of the ball the last two weeks. In fact, it was the first time Dallas scored on its first two drives since Week 1, and they did it while the defense kept a high-powered Saints team in check. Here is how Dallas's first two drives have gone so far this season:
Week 1: at Tampa BayField GoalField Goal
Week 2: vs. N.Y. GiantsPuntTouchdown
Week 3: vs. CarolinaMissed FGPunt
Week 4: at DenverPuntField Goal
Week 5: at Kansas CityPuntMissed FG
Week 7: vs. AtlantaPuntPunt
Week 8: vs. SeattlePuntTouchdown
Week 9: at PhiladelphiaPuntTouchdown
Week 10: at Green BayMissed FGPunt
Week 11: vs. WashingtonPuntFumble
Week 12: vs. OaklandPuntPunt
Week 13: at N.Y. GiantsPuntPunt
Week 14: vs. San DiegoField GoalPunt
Week 15: at New OrleansTouchdownTouchdown

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