The Cowboys travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons in a season-defining game for both teams.
This game has playoff implications with these teams currently sitting at 4-5.
The Cowboys are yet to win back to back games this season and are coming off a well-rounded performance last week against the Eagles.
The Cowboys run game was dominant against the current champs and they will look to continue that against a poor defensive set up from the Falcons. They rank 30th or worse in nearly every defensive stat. They allow 28.2 points per game, 120 yards against the rush and 294 yards in the air.
On the flip side, the Falcons can score points and plenty of them. They have a great quarterback in Matty Ryan, who averages 319 yards per game and 27.1 points this season. They don’t have much of a run game to speak of, they don’t even average 100 yards a game this season.
It looks as though the Cowboys defense will be boosted by the news Maliek Collins, Zac Martin and Tyron Smith all trained well are set to play. This will only help to solidify the Cowboys chances of stopping the run game.
It is the passing game of Ryan the Cowboys need to be aware of. Wideouts Mahomed Sanu, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and even tight end Austin Hooper are explosive offensive players. These guys are the reason the Falcons average 27 points a game this season.
The Cowboys secondary of Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, Xavier Woods and Jeff Heath will need to do their part to ensure the offense isn’t chasing too many points early in this game.
The defense has been key to the Cowboys winning games this season.
Dak Prescott and the offense will need to ensure they spent more time on the park like last week. The Cowboys spent over 65 percent of the first half on the field, allowing the defense to rest up and produce big game plays.
Prescott targeted all his offensive weapons last time out and it helped to confuse the Eagles. Amari Cooper is a big game player and so far, he is worth the first round pick they paid for him.
If the Falcons lead early it will be hard for the Cowboys to come back and win on the road.
A big first half is needed by every member of the Cowboys team.
The Cowboys lead 16-11 in head to head games between these sides however, they haven’t beaten them since 2009.
This will be a tough game for two very different football teams.