Saints vs. Cowboys 2014 final score: 3 things we learned from Dallas’ 38-17 win

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The last time the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints met up, the Saints set a record for most first downs in a game. Not so this go-around — Dallas manhandled New Orleans until deep in the fourth quarter, winning at home, 38-17.

Tony Romo had his best first half of the season, while Drew Brees was under constant pressure and Rob Ryan’s beleaguered defense couldn’t stop DeMarco Murray or Terrance Williams. That changed in the fourth quarter when the Saints forced Romo into poor throws, but New Orleans wasn’t able to capitalize and never pulled closer than 14 points.

The Chiefs picked up their first win of the season in Week 3, routing the Miami Dolphins on the road, 34-15. The win was even more impressive considering that it came with All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles and six other starters on the sideline with various injuries. Backup RB Knile Davis had a big game with a career-high 132 yards on 32 carries, while Joe McKnight had two touchdown catches.

After losing linebacker Bruce Carter to an injury on a big running play by running back Khiry Robinson, the Dallas defense had a much harder time defending Brees’ passing, enabling him to move laterally and make big passes in space. Brees went to tight ends Graham and Josh Hill in the fourth quarter, both for touchdowns to make the score 31-17. Receiver Dez Bryant scored late in the fourth quarter to finally put the game out of reach.

Manuel’s stat line was ugly — 21-for-44, 225 yards (80 on one play), two touchdowns and two interceptions. Buffalo had to rely on Manuel’s arm at the end of the game, and he proceed to throw an interception to during the Bills’ last-gasp drive. The Bills got off to a hot start this season because they were able to avoid need-to-throw situations. Unfortunately for them, they won’t get to play the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins every week.
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