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The New Orleans Saints look to extend their current straight-up win streak to 11 games when they visit the Dallas Cowboys as 8-point favorites on the NFL Thursday Night Football odds.

New Orleans has been virtually unstoppable since opening the season with a stunning 48-40 loss to Tampa Bay, posting 10 straight victories since to climb to the top spot in the NFC  standings going into Thursday night’s game at AT&T Stadium.

The Saints have regularly rewarded the loyalty of bettors, covering the spread in their past nine outings while tallying victories by wide double-digit margins in seven of their past eight. The team’s success is also reflected on the NFL futures, with New Orleans now looking toward the final month of the campaign perched as a +300 favorite on the Super Bowl odds.

The play of quarterback Drew Brees has been crucial to the Saints’ march to the top of the standings and the odds. The 18-year veteran has tossed 15 touchdown passes over the squad’s past four outings, and leads the league with a 76.4 completion percentage, fueling his climb to a massive -500 favorite to garner NFL MVP honors for the first time in his career.

Brees has also regularly connected in the end zone when facing the Cowboys, tossing for 20 touchdowns in eight all-time meetings with Dallas, including 11 scoring passes in his past four.

That has contributed to the Saints’ current 9-2 SU run against Dallas. However, it was the Cowboys who emerged victorious the last time these two teams met deep in the heart of Texas, dominating New Orleans in a 38-17 win as 3-point underdogs in September 2014.


Cowboys Underdogs on Thursday Night Football Odds

Fresh off a crucial 31-23 Thanksgiving Day win over the Washington Redskins that extends their current SU win streak to three games, the Cowboys face a daunting task to make it two in a row against New Orleans on home turf.

With last Thursday’s victory, the 6-5 Cowboys laid claim to a top spot on the NFC East standings, and are now pegged as strong -165 favorites to take home their third divisional title in five years. However, Dallas has enjoyed little success when pegged as a home underdog of seven or more points, losing outright in 16 of 17 since 1987, and has been held to single-digit point totals in five of those contests.

The Cowboys have fared far better against the spread when pegged as large home underdogs, covering in six of nine. Dallas has also been a steady performer in recent Thursday primetime appearances, winning four straight and covering three times on the TNF betting odds.

But Dallas will need another huge effort from rusher Ezekiel Elliott if the squad is to extend their Thursday night dominance.

Elliott has rushed for over 120 yards in each of his past three outings, scoring four times during that stretch. The 23-year-old is now set as a narrow -120 favorite to lead the NFL in rushing yards for the second time in three years, but must find a way to solve a Saints rush defense that has held opponents to a league-low 73.2 ground yards per game this season.


*Odds as of November 29, 2018

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