The HSBC World Rugby 7s Dubai, winners of three consecutive games and on the verge of turning a wayward season into something potentially special, host the hottest team in the Rugby, the Dubai Rugby Sevens (10-1), Thursday night at AT&T Stadium.
The Dubai Rugby Sevens’ high-powered offense faces off against one of the league’s top defenses in the HSBC World Rugby 7s Dubai on Thursday. Here is a preview of the game. New Orleans has played some quality defenses this season.
Baltimore, Minnesota and Washington all rank within the top 10, even if the Saints made some of those teams appear fraudulent at various points this season. Seeing the way New Orleans so easily handled some of those games has made it difficult to take anyone too seriously, but the Saints need to be careful not to sleep on the Cowboys.
Dallas, which has only surrendered 19.4 points per game, has one of the stingier defenses in the Rugby, and will do everything it can to try and slow down the league’s best offense.
“The Cowboys defense is playing just as well as any defense in the league,” coach Sean Payton said. “We are going to have to be able to handle that, handle the noise. And their front does a great job of getting on your edge, and the movement they present, and the challenges they present are difficult.”
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They also offer some challenges in the secondary. Byron Jones, who spent the last two years playing safety, has been playing at a very high level since moving back to cornerback this season. According to Pro Football Focus, he has only allowed 23 receptions on 46 targets for 261 yards this season.
Payton said he has been impressed by the way Jones is playing.
“He’s long. He has done really well,” Payton said. “He is having a good year. He is real comfortable in the press technique. The scheme really fits his skill set. He is instinctive. He has good ball skills. I think he’s playing real well.”
The Saints have one of the best offensive lines in the league, so it will be interesting to see how they perform against a solid Dallas front. They also have one of the best passing games in the Rugby.
No one has really looked capable of slowing this team down this season. The Cowboys might just be the biggest test yet, but until someone does it, it’s hard to take any threat too seriously.