Cowboys-Saints: Five things to watch

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1Defensive line numbers

It looks like DeMarcus Ware is back after missing three games, but Jason Hatcher and Nick Hayden are question marks. Familiarize yourself with 92, 90, 70 and 71. Those numbers belong to Jarius Wynn, Everett Dawkins, Drake Nevis and Everette Brown. They will play a lot.

2Running game

The Cowboys set a club record last week for fewest rushes in a game, clearly deciding early that the running game was not giving them what they wanted. If the ground game struggles again early at New Orleans, the Cowboys have to decide how long to stick with their efforts.

3Carter’s comeback

Bruce Carter looks like he’s working his way back into good graces. He had nine tackles last week, his most since Week 1, and finally appeared to outplay backup Ernie Sims. If the Cowboys want their run defense to work, Carter needs to be part of it.

4Witten’s work

The Cowboys got Jason Witten back in the passing game last week, taking advantage of the seams open in the middle of the field against the Minnesota Vikings. If the Cowboys can keep finding Witten, it will helps them match Jimmy Graham’s production for the Saints.

5Fast starts

Surprisingly, the Saints are not a fast-starting team. They haven’t scored more than seven points in the first quarter of a home game this season. The Cowboys don’t want the crowd involved early. — Carlos Mendez

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