Led by the fourth-quarter heroics of Tony Romo, the Cowboys have won three straight games and five of their last six. They've trailed in the fourth quarter of each game during their current streak, only to have Romo deliver clutch performance after clutch performance.
Romo has thrown for 912 yards and six touchdowns over the last three games, and three of those scores have come in the fourth quarter. He's thrown just one interception during that span andhas completed 68.7 percent of his passes.
Romo is also getting plenty of help from his army of playmakers.
DeMarco Murray is averaging 96.3 total yards over the last three games, and three of his four touchdowns this seasons have come during the winning streak. Dez Bryant has been even more unstoppable, catching eight touchdown passes in his last six games. And Romo's favorite target, Jason Witten, needs just six catches to break Tony Gonzalez's record for most receptions in a season by a tight end (102).
All of this is awful news for the Saints' porous defense, which is last in the league in yards allowed (446.2 per game). New Orleans allows 287 yards per game through the air (31st in the league) and 146.3 on the ground (ditto).
Although the Saints shutout Tampa Bay in Week 15, New Orleans will get shredded by the Cowboys' balanced and explosive offense.
Of course, the Saints have a potent attack of their own. Drew Brees leads the league passing yards (4,335) and touchdowns (36), and Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles all have at least 57 catches this season.
But as good as the Saints offense has been, it'll have its hands full with the opportunistic Cowboys defense. Brandon Carr intercepted Ben Roethlisberger and Andy Dalton in consecutive games, and with Morris Claiborne expected to return, the Cowboys secondary will be close to full strength for the first time in several weeks.
It should still be a high-scoring affair, but when the clock strikes zero, the 8-6 Cowboys will be one step closer to clinching that ever-elusive playoff berth.
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