By Zach Walker
Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons
Sunday – November 18 – 12:00 p.m.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, GA
Records Before the Game
Dallas Cowboys (4-5, 1-4 Away)
Atlanta Falcons (4-5, 3-2 Home)
If anyone wants to point out that I was very wrong on my prediction from last week, you can jam that BULL, because though I was wrong (happily incorrect) I was thinking with my head and forgot rule number ONE. When it’s an NFC East matchup, nothing done previous to that game matters at all. If nameless previous Washington quarterback X throws four straight games of five interceptions, play another East team, could end up with a six touchdown performance. Get retrospective, you know that’s fact. The Cowboys had a TON of positives from their trip to Philadelphia. The run game looked as dominant as ever, as Xavier Su’a-Filo filled in as if he had always been with the team. Dak Prescott threw the football as if he’d actually thrown a football before. And the Cowboys’ defense might have struck gold again on Leighton Vander Esch, next to their already golden selection of Jaylon Smith, and they might possibly be able to have a defense without Sean Lee being on the field. The Cowboys let Zach Ertz absolutely own the field, as if they were just watching a Jason Witten tape reel.
TONS of people out there will believe that the Cowboys will be schedule focused on four days from Sunday, looking at their second crack at Washington, and thinking that they can just get by with just getting past the Falcons and concentrating on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys need to roll into Atlanta and revenge last season’s sheets ruining full bed sh*ting. Tyron Smith didn’t play in that game, he will in this, and this needs to be his throwback game, where he keeps his quarterback’s blindside clean.
This Falcons’ team isn’t some kind of force to be reckoned with, this team is in the EXACT same boat as the Cowboys. Questions about the future of their head coach and the underperformance of his side of the ball and the total under whelming nature of their team. This game is straight “mirror mode”.
The Falcons are not going to run the ball, they really can’t right now, with Freeman down. It’s going to go through their dynamic duo of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. As much as I truly believe the Cowboys are an above solid defense, Julio is going to get his, and when they are in Atlanta; limiting Julio to below 200 yards might sound like something both ridiculous but also un-achievable.
The Cowboys defensive line, specifically the edge rushers have to come up BIG. The Cowboys are so low on defensive line depth. No Taco. No David Irving. No Daniel Ross. It’s going to be up to the man seeking that big time pay day, Demarcus Lawrence to dictate how the Falcons operate on offense. Tank’s presence needs to be big time for the Cowboys to roll into Atlanta and pull the upset, and get this gauntlet of a twelve days off with a great first step.
I’ll roll OP-OH to will the Cowboys to an in-my-face victory on the road.