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Atlanta Falcons vs. Dallas Cowboys Pick & Prediction SEP 20TH 2020

FinishedTV: FOXAT&T Stadium Arlington

OP
50
-7
CU
50.5o -110
-3 +108
ML
255
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Partials
1 2 3 4
20 9 0 10
0 10 14 16
Score
39
40
Recap

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The Atlanta Falcons added running back Todd Gurley in the offseason, but Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said the focus heading into their Sunday game in Arlington, Texas, is on slowing down the Falcons' passing game.

 

In a Week 1 loss to Seattle, Matt Ryan threw for 450 yards, with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley combining for 287 receiving yards. Atlanta had three receivers over 100 yards.

 

McCarthy said the focus will be on containing Jones and Ridley.

 

"Their ability to make big plays is all over the tape -- last year and obviously the Seattle game," McCarthy said. "They push the ball up top. It's a complete opposite challenge than we just faced this last week with the Rams."

 

Barring a tie, one team will reach a milestone it hasn't reached in quite awhile.

 

Neither team has started 0-2 for at least a decade. The Cowboys haven't lost their first two games since 2010, the season Jason Garrett replaced Wade Phillips as head coach following a 1-7 start. Garrett coached the Cowboys until this offseason, when McCarthy replaced him.

 

The Falcons haven't started 0-2 since 2007.

 

Sunday's game could be important for Dan Quinn's future with the Falcons, who have sputtered out of the gate in each of the last two seasons en route to back-to-back 7-9 campaigns.

 

Last week, the Falcons struggled to contain Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and defensive coordinator Raheem Morris said Wednesday he went into the game focusing on clowning Seattle's run game instead of worrying much about Wilson.

 

With Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield and Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb at receiver for the Cowboys, Morris strives to find a better balance this week.

 

"When Zeke gets the ball in space, he's a problem. When all these receivers get the ball in space, they're a problem," Morris said. "You've got to limit space, get some tackles and get some population to the ball."

 

The Cowboys suffered a spate of long-term injuries in their opening loss. Tight end Blake Jarwin is out for the season after tearing his ACL while inside linebacker Leighton Vander Esch fractured his collarbone and backup offensive tackle Cam Erving sprained an MCL.

 

Vander Esch and Erving figure to return later this season. Erving is out four to six weeks while Vander Esch is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

 

The game figures to have the biggest crowd of at least the early part of this NFL season.

 

McCarthy said Wednesday that the Cowboys would have 25 percent attendance. Based on the listed capacity of AT&T Stadium, that would put the crowd at 20,000 or more.

 

The Cowboys are one of eight teams who have announced plans to have fans in attendance at some point this season.

 

McCarthy said it was strange playing in front of no fans in Week 1.

 

"It was an experience I don't think any of us ever was expecting," McCarthy said. "I knew it was going to be empty, I just didn't know it was going to be that quiet. I think it'll be a lot different at AT&T (Stadium) Sunday. We'll have some live energy in the building."

 

Gurley could help keep the crowd hushed. He had 14 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown in his Atlanta debut last week. The Falcons were forced to turn away from the running game in the second half.

 

"There's just an energy level that you feel from him when it's time to go," Ryan said. "The great players that I've been around in my career have that ability to do it. You see it. You feel it. He gives off that kind of vibe when you're around him."

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Atlanta Falcons

Dallas Cowboys

Player Position Lineup
Ricardo Allen primary: Safety Starter
James Carpenter primary: Left Guard Starter
Tyeler Davison primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Russell Gage primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Grady Jarrett primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Deion Jones primary: Defensive End Starter
Julio Jones primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Damontae Kazee primary: Safety Starter
Chris Lindstrom primary: Right Guard Starter
Alex Mack primary: Center Starter
Jake Matthews primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kaleb McGary primary: Right Tackle Starter
Takkarist McKinley primary: Defensive End Starter
Isaiah Oliver primary: Cornerback Starter
Foyesade Oluokun primary: Linebacker Starter
Calvin Ridley primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Matt Ryan primary: Quarterback Starter
Hayden Hurst primary: Tight End Starter
Dante Fowler Jr. primary: Defensive End Starter
Todd Gurley primary: Runningback Starter
A.J. Terrell primary: Safety Starter
Darqueze Dennard primary: Cornerback Starter
Allen Bailey primary: Defensive End Substitution
Christian Blake primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
John Cominsky primary: Defensive End Substitution
Matt Gono primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jaeden Graham primary: Tight End Substitution
Josh Harris primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Brian Hill primary: Runningback Substitution
Younghoe Koo primary: Kicker Substitution
Steven Means primary: Defensive End Substitution
Keanu Neal primary: Safety Substitution
Brandon Powell primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Deadrin Senat primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Ito Smith primary: Runningback Substitution
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Olamide Zaccheaus primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Keith Smith primary: Fullback Substitution
Sharrod Neasman primary: Safety Substitution
Blidi Wreh-Wilson primary: Cornerback Substitution
LaRoy Reynolds primary: Linebacker Substitution
Justin McCray primary: Guard Substitution
Matt Hennessy primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Mykal Walker primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jaylinn Hawkins primary: Safety Substitution
Sterling Hofrichter primary: Punter Substitution
Luke Stocker primary: Tight End Substitution
Qadree Ollison primary: Runningback Not active
Matt Schaub primary: Quarterback Did not play
Kendall Sheffield primary: Cornerback Not active
John Wetzel primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Marlon Davidson primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Charles Harris primary: Defensive End Not active
Player Position Lineup
Chidobe Awuzie primary: Cornerback Starter
Amari Cooper primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ezekiel Elliott primary: Runningback Starter
Michael Gallup primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Trysten Hill primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Brandon Knight primary: Left Guard Starter
Demarcus Lawrence primary: Defensive End Starter
Jourdan Lewis primary: Cornerback Starter
Joe Looney primary: Right Guard Starter
Zack Martin primary: Right Tackle Starter
Tony Pollard primary: Tight End Starter
Dak Prescott primary: Quarterback Starter
Jaylon Smith primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Connor Williams primary: Center Starter
Xavier Woods primary: Safety Starter
Darian Thompson primary: Safety Starter
Aldon Smith primary: Defensive End Starter
Dontari Poe primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
CeeDee Lamb primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Trevon Diggs primary: Cornerback Starter
Terence Steele primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Joe Thomas primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Dorance Armstrong primary: Defensive End Substitution
Noah Brown primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tyrone Crawford primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Luke Gifford primary: Linebacker Substitution
C.J. Goodwin primary: Cornerback Substitution
Chris Jones primary: Punter Substitution
Justin March-Lillard primary: Linebacker Substitution
Connor McGovern primary: Guard Substitution
Dalton Schultz primary: Tight End Substitution
Cedrick Wilson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Donovan Wilson primary: Safety Substitution
Antwaun Woods primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
L.P. Ladouceur primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Greg Zuerlein primary: Kicker Substitution
Blake Bell primary: Tight End Substitution
Neville Gallimore primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Tyler Biadasz primary: Center Substitution
Bradlee Anae primary: Defensive End Substitution
Daryl Worley primary: Cornerback Substitution
Andy Dalton primary: Quarterback Substitution
Sean McKeon primary: Tight End Substitution
Everson Griffen primary: Defensive End Substitution
Malik Turner primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Brandon Carr primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Tyron Smith primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Reggie Robinson II primary: Defensive Back Not active
Ben Dinucci primary: Quarterback Not active
Rico Dowdle primary: Runningback Did not play
Eric Smith primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Rashad Smith primary: Linebacker Not active
Alex Light primary: Offensive Linesman Not active

Atlanta Falcons

Dallas Cowboys

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 27 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 42 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 42 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Hayden Hurst
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 22 Yards
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
    • Pass Receiver: Calvin Ridley
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 41 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 33 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Calvin Ridley
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Ezekiel Elliott
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • Period 3
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
    • Rusher: Dak Prescott
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 2 Yards
    • Rusher: Dak Prescott
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • Period 4
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 46 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Dak Prescott
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 10 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Dalton Schultz
    • Passer: Dak Prescott
    • Conv Rusher: Ezekiel Elliott
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 32 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 8 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Russell Gage
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @Tampa Bay L 27 - 44
  • @Kansas City L 14 - 17
  • Tampa Bay L 31 - 27
  • @L.A. Chargers L 17 - 20
  • New Orleans L 21 - 16
  • Las Vegas W 6 - 43
  • @New Orleans L 9 - 24
  • Denver W 27 - 34
  • @Carolina W 25 - 17
  • Detroit L 23 - 22
W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • @N.Y. Giants L 19 - 23
  • Philadelphia W 17 - 37
  • San Francisco W 33 - 41
  • @Cincinnati W 30 - 7
  • @Baltimore L 17 - 34
  • Washington L 41 - 16
  • @Minnesota W 31 - 28
  • Pittsburgh L 24 - 19
  • @Philadelphia L 9 - 23
  • @Washington L 3 - 25

Last Meetings

  • Falcons @ Cowboys 39-40
  • Cowboys @ Falcons 22-19
  • Cowboys @ Falcons 7-27
  • Falcons @ Cowboys 39-28
  • Cowboys @ Falcons 13-19
  • Falcons @ Cowboys 21-37
  • Cowboys @ Falcons 38-28

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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