Defense propels Dallas Cowboys to 27-17 win over sinking New Orleans Saints

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Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn had to replace Mike McCarthy as interim head coach and enjoyed the side view as the unit he normally oversees pulled the Cowboys out of their recent swoon with a multitude big games.

CeeDee Lamb had 122 scrum yards, Tony Pollard snatched a 58-yard touchdown rush and the Dallas defense produced a driving sack and three steals in the fourth quarter of a 27-17 victory over the Saints. New Orleans Thursday night.

The Cowboys (8-4) intercepted Saints quarterback Taysom Hill four times in all – three times in the game’s 6:32 finals, including defensive tackle Carlos Watkins’ six-pick on a pass to the screen that took it to 27-10 with 2:52 left.

“I finally got to see his emotion and his expressions on the sidelines,” Dallas rookie outside linebacker Micah Parsons said of Quinn, a former Atlanta head coach who normally calls defensive plays for a long time. cabin with Dallas. “It was good to see a smile on his face and it was good to see another win on the board. “

McCarthy and five assistants did not make the trip due to positive Covid-19 tests.

“I like doing tough things with a group of people and that was one of those times,” said Quinn, satisfied. “We wanted to make sure that Mike and all the guys we missed, that we were backing them up. Honestly, that was the only thing that worried me. I didn’t want to let them down.

The Saints (5-7) gave Hill a double threat his first start this season in hopes he could help New Orleans break a four-game skid. He was efficient in the pushes, passing for 264 yards and two touchdowns – and running for 101 yards – while playing on an early middle finger injury to his throwing hand.

“He played with a lot of heart, a lot of courage,” Saints coach Sean Payton said.

But Hill’s turnovers proved too difficult to overcome as the Saints – winners of the NFC South the previous four seasons – lost a fifth straight game for the first time since 2005, the season before Payton took over at New Orleans.

” It is very frustrating. This is unfamiliar territory to us, ”Hill said. “This is my fifth year and I haven’t experienced anything like it since I became a saint. “

Dak Prescott had 238 yards and a 1 yard touchdown to Michael Gallup.

Prescott was intercepted by Marshon Lattimore midway through the fourth quarter, but the Cowboys nullified that turnover when Jourdan Lewis slapped Hill’s arm as he was releasing the ball and Damontae Kazee intercepted.

It was the first of Dallas’ three late interceptions. The Saints’ next drive stalled on a choice by Trevon Diggs, his ninth league leader. And the Watkins interception happened on the way after that.

“When the ball was in the air our guys went and got it,” said Parsons, whose 10th sack of the season also ended a Saints threat early in the fourth quarter. “We did our best to contain them. I mean, he was coming out of the pocket and we were figuring out ways to slow him down and get the ball back.

Saints wide receiver Deonte Harris turned a short pass into a 70-yard touchdown for the game’s final score.

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