Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn had to step in for Mike McCarthy as acting head coach and enjoyed the sideline view as the unit he normally oversees lifted the Cowboys out of their recent swoon with a slew of big plays. CeeDee Lamb had 122 yards from scrimmage, Tony Pollard ripped off a 58-yard touchdown run and the Dallas defense produced a drive-stalling sack and three interceptions in the fourth quarter of a 27-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
But the New Orleans Saints — who've won the NFC South each of the past four seasons — had to go into salary dumping mode this offseason and lost depth. They've also had a rash of injuries to a number of their most prominent and top-paid remaining players. The result is a losing streak that now stands at five games after Thursday night's 27-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill's finger injury reportedly won't keep him out of games. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Saints team doctors determined the mallet-finger injury Hill suffered won't require surgery and he will attempt to play through it. Schefter added the injury was not as severe as the one suffered by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson earlier this season that required him to undergo surgery and miss three games.