The Saints (6-2) lost to the New York Jets on the road a week ago, and the game wasn't nearly as close as the 26-20 score sounded. New York controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, as New Orleans assumed the beta role without much argument.
After a week of strong criticism from both media and fans, the Saints will try to right the ship against the 5-4 Cowboys, who enter the contest having won three of their last four games.
Following last week's highly publicized matchup with brother (Jets head coach) Rex Ryan, Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan (and his hair) will be front and center again this weekend, as he takes on his former team in the Superdome. Ryan ran the Dallas defense in 2011 and 2012, and it isn't much of a stretch to suggest he'll be pulling out all the stops on Sunday night.
As for more far-reaching prognostications, following are five bold predictions for this Sunday's Saints-Cowboys matchup.