What we learned

The Saints don't have any tone setters. They don't play with intensity, especially on defense. They lack passion where they need it most, playing on the road. Until that changes, and fast, this team is destined for mediocrity. You could tell from your living room from the get go that Dallas really wanted to win this game after last year, and the Saints couldn't match their intensity

Calling Dr. Phil?

When NBC runs a fancy graphic with music detailing the Saints road woes during its broadcast it's a hint and a half that the team has an issue. The Saints need to collectively see Dr. Phil, because this has escalted into a mental issue.

Dallas makes an early statement

The Cowboys had a masterful 23 play, 80-yard touchdown drive on the first possession of the game. Tony Romo was 7 of 7 for 66 yards with a 6-yard touchdown pass to receiver Terrance Williams.

Get out the moving vans for...

Saints kicker Shayne Graham. Graham got a pass for a missed extra point kick last week, but there was no excuse for him missing a makeable 41-yard kick in the second quarter. He made a 30-yard kick in the third quarter. But considering Saints coach Sean Payton's lack of patience for inaccurate kickers, Graham still may want to dust off the resume' and contact his real estate agent.

Don't be fooled

The Cowboys have a good offense with talented players and good linemen, but the Saints defense was terrible. They struggled in coverages and with tackling.

The Ghosts of Dallas past

The Cowboys were so dominant in this game that their play conjured up the images of past greats like Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson. This was an embarrassment for the Saints.

Up next

The Saints play host to the Buccaneers on Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.