Dallas Cowboys: 5 Players that must shine vs. Saints in Week 4

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 08: Leighton Vander Esch #55 of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 08: Leighton Vander Esch #55 of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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2. DeMarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn

Similar to the reason that Vander Esch and Smith were featured as X-factors, the Cowboys need their starting pass-rush duo of DeMarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn to have big games. Obviously, getting after the opposing quarterback will help in any matchup but it’s particularly important against this Saints team.

As New Orleans went on the road and shocked Seattle last week, Teddy Bridgewater wasn’t taken to the turf once by the Seahawks. While he is a veteran quarterback, he is still relatively inexperienced at this point. Subsequently, getting pressure on him is paramount to trying to force bad decisions and get the Saints offense out of rhythm. That means Lawrence and Quinn are going to have to be at their best against one of the best tackle duos in the NFL.

1. Dak Prescott

With 920 yards, nine touchdowns, just two interceptions and completing 74.5 percent of his passes through three games, it’s safe to say that Dak Prescott is enjoying himself in Kellen Moore‘s new offense. He’s not only looking the best he has in his career to this point but he’s been looking the part of a legitimate MVP candidate.

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Prescott needs to continue that against New Orleans, though. Not only are the conditions going to be good in a dome but the Saints defense, as mentioned, is not good. However, their offense is still loaded with playmakers, even with Bridgewater at the helm. If Prescott can keep up his early-season play, though, that will put all of the pressure on a backup-led New Orleans offense to try and keep up.