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Seeing as how the Falcons are still trying to figure out how to stop the pass, Dak and his Cowboys targets should prove too much for Atlanta this early in the season, so take the Cowboys minus the 5.5 points.
|Falcons vs Cowboys Information|
|What||Atlanta Falcons vs Dallas Cowboys|
|Where||AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas|
|When||Sunday, September 20, 2020; 1:00 PM ET|
|How to watch||FOX|
The Atlanta Falcons couldn’t get the win against Russell Wilson’s deep passing Seahawks in Week 1, and it does not get any easier in Week 2 against Dak Prescott and his multiple playmaking targets.
Jerry Jones’ talented Dallas Cowboys could not secure the win in Week 1, so they will look to find their first 2020 regular-season victory at home against these 0-1 Falcons, so it will be up to new head coach Mike McCarthy to game plan a way to utilize a whole lot of NFL playmaking talent.
So far, these two NFL franchises have met each other 28 times (including 2 postseason games), with the Cowboys winning 17 of those games and the Falcons winning 11; their most recent matchup in 2018 saw the Cowboys snag the win in Atlanta, 22-19.
This will be a huge game for the Falcons’ secondary, a unit that allowed the Seahawks to pass for 322 yards and 4 touchdowns during that Week 1 loss, something that the Cowboys are frothing over.
The Falcons are starting a rookie cornerback, A.J. Terrell, so expect him to be targeted heavily by Dak and his deep threats Amari Cooper and rookie CeeDee Lamb, a strategy that worked well for the Seahawks, who targeted Terrell 5 times in Week 1 and completed all of those passes, one for a touchdown score.
Falcons defensive coordinator Raheem Morris has his hands full in Week 2, having to account for Dak and his receivers while still trying to stop the ever-hungry Zeke Elliott, arguably one of the top running backs in the league.
Supposedly McCarthy spent his off-year upgrading his tactics and coaching strategies and surrounding himself with talented position coaches, his ready to go status one of the main reasons Jerry Jones hired him in the first place.
Unfortunately, that did not translate into an immediate win for the team in Week 1, but these types of overall changes do take time and patience to get the momentum ball rolling, but doing that without injured linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (collarbone) makes that goal even tougher.
Expect the McCarthy Cowboys learning curve to be a quick one, since he is a proven winner and he now holds the reins of one of the most talented franchises in the league, and this Week 2 matchup with the defensively struggling Falcons could be the perfect opportunity to score his first Dallas ‘W.’
Used to be when you said the name of running back Todd Gurley, the first thing you thought of was an unstoppable dual-threat running back, but these days his reputation as a defense killer is marred by his string of injuries.
In Week 1, Gurley carried the ball 14 times for 56 yards and a touchdown, plus he caught 2 passes for another yard.
Not being overused will be the key to keeping Gurley healthy – looks like he is on the right track with the Falcons in that regard.
Digs is a rookie cornerback who is being thrown into the mix due to some key injuries to starters in the Cowboys’ secondary, and the former Alabama star saw action in Week 1, allowing 3 of 4 completions by receivers he covered along with 3 total tackles.
The rookie Diggs will have his hands full this Sunday against the Cowboys since he will see more playing time and have to cover the likes of fellow rookie CeeDee Lamb and veteran receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup.
Dallas used its second-round pick to select Diggs, 51st pick overall, so the fact that he can be an immediate starter is a good sign that the Cowboys’ drafting team did their job well, though expect Diggs to be targeted by opposing offenses for a while until he proves himself at the NFL level.
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