Thursday Night Football: Taysom Hill picked four times as Cowboys roll 27-17

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Despite being down six coaches, including head coach Mike McCarthy, the Dallas Cowboys picked up a 27-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.

Dak Prescott threw for 235 yards with a touchdown and an interception, Tony Pollard added a touchdown on the ground, and the Dallas defense intercepted Taysom Hill four times in his first start at quarterback for New Orleans this season.

With Dan Quinn serving as acting head coach with McCarthy and five other coaches sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols, the Cowboys defense did a great job of containing everything the Saints threw at them. The only thing that had any significant success for the New Orleans offense was Hill running the ball.

Hill was intercepted on three consecutive drives for the Saints in the fourth quarter with defensive tackle Carlos Watkins returning the final pick for a 29-yard clinching touchdown with just under three minutes left to play. Hill did injure his throwing hand colliding with a Dallas defender on a throw in the first half but was able to play through it.

Prescott connected with Michael Gallup on a 1-yard touchdown with less than a minute remaining in the opening quarter to give Dallas a 7-0 lead.

The Saints immediately answered with Hill finding Lil'Jordan Humphrey for 24-yard score to even the game at 7-7.

Greg Zuerlein converted field goal attempts from 55 and 34 yards to give Dallas a 13-7 advantage at halftime.

After Brett Maher‘s 42-yard field goal closed the gap to 13-10 midway through the third quarter, the Cowboys took control. Pollard sprung free for a 58-yard touchdown as he out-ran Saints safety Marcus Williams up the left sideline. While the Cowboys offense was unable to add to the total, the defense started taking the ball away from Hill.

Hill had already been intercepted by Jayron Kearse in the second quarter before getting picked on three straight fourth quarter drives. Damontae Kazee, Trevon Diggs and Watkins all grabbed passes from Hill to thwart any chances of a New Orleans rally. The interception by Diggs was his ninth of the season for Dallas.

Deonte Harris sliced through the Cowboys defense for a 70-yard touchdown on a pass from Hill to cut into the deficit with 2:32 left to play but the Saints wouldn’t get a chance to get any closer.

Hill finished the game 19 of 41 for 264 yards with two touchdowns and the four interceptions. He also rushed for 101 yards on 11 carries for the Saints.

39 responses to “Thursday Night Football: Taysom Hill picked four times as Cowboys roll 27-17

  1. But 31 other teams would be falling all over themselves to trade for him, right Payton?

  2. I think I’ll take the unathletic QB who can throw a ball that doesn’t hit the receiver in the foot.

  3. So there I was about an hour ago, just taking my garbage out to be picked up in the morning.

    Out of nowhere, Taysom Hill showed up and threw me an interception.

  4. I have honestly ever understood the fascination with Taysom. They always talk about how many things he can do, but he doesn’t really do anything exceptionally. He’s the white Cam Newton. Way over hyped to sell tickets and jersey’s. What do your eyes tell you not the announcers.

  5. Dallas fans are making a big deal beating a team with not-so-good QB with a bum finger on his throwing hand. Meanwhile Cowboys can’t run (outside of that one big run by Pollard). They’ll get smacked in the playoffs.

    Jerry learned nothing from the great Dallas teams Johnson built. They were built around Emmitt running and passing as a result of that and a strong D. This team is pass happy and nothing else.

  6. Hill was terrible the Saints defense kept Cowboys in check and he kept throwing picks. Although the blindside block and holding calls all in the Cowboys favor certainly didn’t help the Saints either.

  7. Even though the Saints are terrible now, I expect the football media to raise the Cowboys about 5 spots on the power rankings now.

    Real football fans know this Cowboys team will be one and done if they even make the playoffs.

  8. Perhaps being down McCarthy was a positive? Just sayin’. And Zeke looks cooked, he looks like Adrien Peterson… of right now. Not in his prime.

  9. When the saints signed Hill to that deal, I about fell off my chair. I don’t understand how you can pay Hill when he really doesn’t do a thing and can’t play QB

  10. The real story of the game was the missing tackles on the saints. Heck the saints are a mash unit right now. That offense was missing seven starters.

  11. First, kudos to the Cowboys. Their young emerging talent is impressive. That aside, Zeke and Cooper look to be done, and while they did enough to win, I’m not sure their tendency to make mistakes is going to get them through a playoff run. Plus, Dak simply looked confused at times against the Saints D (though, to be fair, he did enough to win). As for my Saints…I know no one wants to hear it, injuries are a part of the game. The Saints have had more than their share this year. The D played tough and kept them in the game, and that is all you can ask. Hill gives them a better chance to win than Simien, and the INTs were largely the result of having a splint on the middle finger of his throwing hand. Given that the Saints, when healthy, blasted Green Bay, easily handled New England, gave Tennessee all it could handle on the road, and beat Tampa Bay, they could still get on a run and do some damage in the tournament IF they can get some of their key starters healthy. But that’s a big if, I know.

  12. Hill is such a poor quarterback, but Sean Payton thinks he is smarter than everyone else. It is very fun seeing them both fails. Hill because he lacks almost every skill needed to be an NFL quarterback, amd Payton because of his Hubris. I can’t help but think that part is what Payton likes about Hill is that he looks like a younger version of him.

  13. He reminds me of Tim Tebow – good runner but can’t throw (which is a QB’s primary job) worth a damn.

  14. Yeah Dallas rolled lol like all the past Dallas greats were rolling over in their graves , a pick six to seal the game is what it took to beat a injury depleted Saints team with awful QB play … Roll on 18 wheeler roll on !

  15. Two takeaways…Hill is a gimmick, not a long term solution. Zeke is hurt and Pollard needs to be the work horse.

  16. mascadcar says:
    December 2, 2021 at 11:44 pm
    Hill is another Lamar Jackson, neither will lead a team to a Super Bowl.

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    LMAO @ comparing Taysom Hill to a league MVP.

  17. If you want to know what Tim Tebow would look like if he were still getting QB jobs at 31, you saw it last night. A few electrifying runs, a few connections with wiiiiiide open receivers, and a lot of really bad misses.

  18. blowncallssuck says:
    December 3, 2021 at 6:46 am
    The real story of the game was the missing tackles on the saints. Heck the saints are a mash unit right now. That offense was missing seven starters.
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    I guess that fully explains the 4 interceptions.

  19. domefieldadvantage says:
    December 3, 2021 at 6:55 am
    First, kudos to the Cowboys. Their young emerging talent is impressive. That aside, Zeke and Cooper look to be done, and while they did enough to win, I’m not sure their tendency to make mistakes is going to get them through a playoff run. Plus, Dak simply looked confused at times against the Saints D (though, to be fair, he did enough to win). As for my Saints…I know no one wants to hear it, injuries are a part of the game. The Saints have had more than their share this year. The D played tough and kept them in the game, and that is all you can ask. Hill gives them a better chance to win than Simien, and the INTs were largely the result of having a splint on the middle finger of his throwing hand. Given that the Saints, when healthy, blasted Green Bay, easily handled New England, gave Tennessee all it could handle on the road, and beat Tampa Bay, they could still get on a run and do some damage in the tournament IF they can get some of their key starters healthy. But that’s a big if, I know.

    Excuses

  20. mascadcar says:
    December 2, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Hill is another Lamar Jackson, neither will lead a team to a Super Bowl.
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    Here we go again. So, regular dropback passers don’t have to lead a team to a SB? No one says this about Stafford, Cousins or Burrow. Why is Jackson the only QB that has to do this? And moreover, is it such a far stretch that Jackson can’t get home field advantage, win 2 games and be in the Superbowl? The hate is tremendous when it comes to LJ.

  21. Obviously, the Saints need a quarterback. Hill is a gadget player, but to be fair, he injured a finger on his throwing hand, which certainly didn’t help his throwing accuracy. On the other hand, Dallas didn’t exactly set the world on fire in beating a completely depleted Saints team. They will be one and done in the playoffs if they don’t tighten things up, and soon.

  22. Let’s hear it; Cowboys are back! They “rolled” past a decimated Saints team. Taysom isn’t the best QB but he is better than Trevor. Taysom can scramble and run. Hoping the O-Line is healthier next week. Remember, Taysom went 3-1 with a healthy team. The Cowboys should have dropped 50 on my team… How bout dem, nah.

  23. Since when does a jack of all trades and not very good at any position get tens of millions of dollars on a contract? If Taysom concentrated on any one position, he wouldn’t rank in the top 30-40 and would be a special teams player on the roster fringe. But somehow people thought the Saints were going to replace Brees with this guy? Wow.

  24. nite2al says:
    December 3, 2021 at 9:53 am
    mascadcar says:
    December 2, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Hill is another Lamar Jackson, neither will lead a team to a Super Bowl.
    __________________________________________________________________

    Here we go again. So, regular dropback passers don’t have to lead a team to a SB? No one says this about Stafford, Cousins or Burrow. Why is Jackson the only QB that has to do this? And moreover, is it such a far stretch that Jackson can’t get home field advantage, win 2 games and be in the Superbowl? The hate is tremendous when it comes to LJ.

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    After watching the Ravens game the other night it is clear to me that as a passer, Jackson stinks

  25. I said this quite a while ago when they’re calling Hill the “Swiss Army Knife”. A Swiss Army knife can do a lot of things. It just doesn’t do any of them well

  26. redclaw1314 says:
    December 3, 2021 at 2:42 am

    Watson-Rodgers-Wilson-Jimmy G.. Will the Saints be in the market?
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    Nope. They already way overpaid Hill. Who dat?

  27. I’ve got one thing to say…how bout those Cowboys!!! Nfc East was just locked up and onto SB.

  28. bradygirl12 says:
    December 3, 2021 at 9:58 am
    Obviously, the Saints need a quarterback.

    The Saints starting QB was 5-2 with a 60% completion rate, 14 tds and 3 ints, before he got injured.

    The Saints need a BACKUP Qb.

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