The Cowboys were reportedly looking into other quarterback options including Christian Ponder in late September.
And it happened after the Saints entered a fourth quarter in the dome tied for the first time since January 24, 2010, when it beat Minnesota 31-28 in overtime in the NFC Championship Game to reach their first Super Bowl.
Terrance Williams, who bailed the Cowboys out of regulation with an awesome diving catch in the end zone on fourth down with 1:51 left, was targeted 10 times by Weeden.
As Mincey walked to the team buses, he practically retraced the steps Spiller ran about an hour earlier.
As for Michael, well, this is where it gets really fun.
Brees’ bruised throwing shoulder did not look good on the Saints’ first series.
After Saints quarterback Drew Brees orchestrated a masterful drive to get New Orleans into field goal range with mere seconds remaining, a missed Zach Hocker field goal sent the Saints to overtime with a seemingly resurgent Cowboys team.
The 36-year-old quarterback became just the fifth QB to hit the 400-touchdown milestone, joining the likes of Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Brett Favre and Tom Brady, who tossed No. 400 last week against Jacksonville. “With football games, adversity is going to hit”. And while he was his usual efficient self – 33 of 41 for 359 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions – he still didn’t look completely healthy. Spiller that won the game in overtime. Brees completed a 30-yard pass to wide receiver Brandon Coleman to the Dallas 17 with 20 seconds left, but regulation ended 20-20. The Saints are trying to avoid four straight losses to start the season and potentially fall out of playoff contention just one month into the season. In the receiving end, Lance Dunbar had 100 yards in 10 receptions while Jason Witten added 65 yards in six catches.
The second quarter devolved into an exchange of punts.
But the Cowboys defense, without their best player, were unable to stop Brees from that point. Among New Orleans’ woes: An anemic running game, an inconsistent, a sloppy defense and a shaky kicking game. That just kept going against the New Orleans Saints.
Tony Romo was not on the field for the Cowboys.
The Bengals (4-0) matched the third-best start in franchise history, two wins shy of the club record.
Weeden has hardly been dynamic, but he’s not the sole source of blame.
Joseph Randle got the lead back for the Cowboys on the next possession with a one yard touchdown run.
Weeden actually did a bit more than that. Damien Wilson was not sure of his assignment, which may have been the main factor in the failure to stop the touchdown. Brees, who was coming off a shoulder injury, was pressured consistently in the first three quarters and connected mostly on short routes.
“It’s amusing, but as the ball was bounding off the left upright, I said, ‘This is not the way God intended for us to win the game”. The Saints had a second and nine on the Dallas 14, but Brees was sacked for a loss of 6 yards.