NFC Game Of The Week
Falcons (2-0) at Cowboys (2-0)
Falcons: Through two weeks of the season, the Atlanta Falcons are the most improved team. Matt Ryan is taking care of the football which he’s struggled to do the last few seasons, the offensive line is handling its business up front, Julio Jones is finally healthy and he’s Matt Ryan’s go to guy for a reason and the defense finally has some identity and for that, we can thank Dan Quinn. Coming from Seattle, he’s instilled a new personality within this team and we’ve seen it early on. They finally have a pass rush, something they’ve failed to do during the Mike Smith era and they’re getting takeaways as well and setting up opportunities for the offense. They now go to Dallas and are seeking their first 3-0 start since 2012, the same year they made it to the NFC Championship game.
Cowboys: After the first game of the season, we leaned that Dez Bryant would be gone for a few weeks after breaking his foot. Now, Tony Romo would have to be the guy to put this team on his shoulders and unfortunately, he gets hurt and will be out for eight weeks with a broken collarbone. So where does this team go from here? You don’t have your quarterback and wide receiver and together, those two account to be one of the best quarterback/receiver tandems in all of football. Brandon Weeden will be the starter and for backup purposes, they acquired Matt Cassel in a trade from the Bills. Life will begin without Romo for the next eight weeks and that begins on Sunday at home when the Falcons come to town.
Prediction: The Cowboys defense did a terrific job of shutting down the Eagles last week and their hands will be full with a balanced attack from the Falcons. They have to limit Julio Jones which is easier said than done. For the Falcons, force Weeden to beat you. I like the Falcons on the road. Falcons 31 Cowboys 21