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December 21, 2012

Garrett counting on Cowboys' offense to take pressure off defense against Saints


Among teams on the Dallas Cowboys’ 2012 schedule, Sunday’s opponent _ the New Orleans Saints _ feature the most explosive offense the team will face this season. The Saints rank third among NFL teams in total offense, averaging 379.9 yards per game, and are coming off a 41-0 victory over Tampa Bay.

Coach Jason Garrett said during today’s news conference that he will lean on the team’s offense to help out the Cowboys’ injury-depleted defense in Sunday’s contest at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys (8-6), one of three teams tied at the top of the NFC East standings, need to win to remain in control of their playoff destiny.

“The best way to help the defense is to execute ball plays,” Garrett said. “To drive the ball and go score points. A lot of people say … you want to play a slow-down game to keep those guys on the sidelines. You just want to be able to execute, move the ball, make first downs and score points. However you can do that, that’s the good thing to do. We’ll try to attack their defense and play against their defense. The premium is on taking advantages of our opportunities in this game. So we’ve got to cash in on them, particularly when you’re playing against a really good offense.”

The Saints feature an up-tempo offense based around quarterback Drew Brees and a deep collection of receivers. Garrett acknowledged the Saints (6-8) are one of the NFL’s toughest teams to prepare for in practice because of their unique style.

“You try your best to simulate that tempo. But it is difficult to make it feel exactly like the game. But we try our best to get that done,” Garrett said.

_ Jimmy Burch



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