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NFL Week 12: Dallas Cowboys (3-7) Vs. New Orleans Saints (7-3)

The Dallas Cowboys have won two games in a row for the first time this year under interim head coach Jason Garrett. On Thanksgiving Day, Garrett and his Cowboys will face their toughest test since Garrett took over as head coach as the Cowboys host the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.

The Cowboys are coming off their second straight win, defeating the Detroit Lions at home on Sunday 35-19 to earn their first home win of the season. Since Garrett took over as interim head coach, the Cowboys have scored 68 points in their two wins over the Giants and Lions. 

Jon Kitna, who is still filling in for the injured Tony Romo, has thrown six touchdowns against just one interception the last two weeks and has also rushed for one. While he only threw for 147 yards in the Week 11 win over the Lions, he completed 75% of his passes en route to a 129.7 passer rating.

Dez Bryant has also starred the last few weeks. Bryant has 15 catches in his last three games and has a touchdown reception in each. 

Dallas' aerial assault will face its toughest test this year against the Saints. New Orleans has the second ranked pass defense in terms of yards per game, allowing only 186 yards per game through the air. Felix Jones is nursing a hip injury, so the Cowboys may be forced to lean more heavily on their passing game than usual, something that could prove to be difficult against the Saints.

The Saints have won three straight games since losing at home to the Cleveland Browns in Week 7. The last two weeks, Drew Brees and the Saints offense have scored 34 points in wins over Carolina and Seattle.

Kickoff is slated for 4:15 EST, 3:15 local time. Televised coverage can be found on FOX nationally. 

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