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Saints Winning Streak Ends at 10, Offense Flat Against Dallas

The New Orleans Saints record setting offense led by quarterback Dree Brees fell flat on Thursday. The team’s 10-game winning streak ended with a 13-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Brees completed 18 of his 28 passes for just 127 yards and one touchdown. The veteran Saints signal caller threw an interception with just over two minutes remaining and the Saints still trailing by just a field goal.

New Orleans entering the game averaged 37.2 points per game to lead the NFL. However, it gained just 176 yards of total offense and now are 10-2 on the season. That record leaves them a half-game behind the No. 1 NFC team the Los Angeles Rams.


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Brees credited the Cowboys defense saying New Orleans might have had one good drive. The 127 passing yards for Brees were the second fewest for a full game he has thrown in 13 seasons with the franchise. The New Orleans signal caller did not blame a lack of focus by the team for their loss.


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He called the game very important but the team did not play with the rhythm or tempo that it usually does.

Dallas won its fourth straight and sits at 7-5 atop the NFC East. The only touchdown the Cowboys allowed came on a drive in which Dallas was assessed 41 yards in penalties including roughing the punter.

The Cowboys sacked Brees twice. The Saints QB was sacked just twice over the six games prior to Thursday night. The interception thrown by Brees is very uncharacteristic as it was well behind Alvin Kamara when the Saints were deep in their won end of the field. Dallas then ran out the clock to win the game.

Dallas led 13-0 at the half after allowing just 59 yards of total offense to the Saints. The Saints have not gained fewer than 176 total yards for a game since 2001 and led the league with a streak of 71 games, in which they were not shut out during the first half until Thursday.

The last four weeks, the Saints were scoring an average of 44 points a game. The 10-game winning streak was the second-longest in Saints franchise history.

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