Dallas vs Atlanta Betting
Headline: Cowboys Try to Knock Falcons from the Unbeaten Ranks in Week 9
The Dallas Cowboys face their second straight elite NFL team Sunday when they travel to Atlanta to take on the unbeaten Falcons. Atlanta was impressive yet again last week in defeating the Eagles 30-17 while the Cowboys were impressive minus the first quarter in a thrilling Week 9 loss to the Giants. Sunday will be a statement game for both teams – who wants it more?
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Dallas Cowboys (3-4) vs. Atlanta Falcons (7-0)
Date/Time: Sunday, November 4, 8:20 PM ET
Venue: Georgia Dome
Cowboys vs. Falcons betting Lines from Topbet
Spread: Falcons -4 1/2 (-110)
Moneyline: Cowboys +190: Falcons -220
Over/Under: 47 1/2 points
The Dallas Cowboys must take care of the ball – period! They are minus 11 in turnover ratio this year – at 3-4 their inability to prevent mistakes has cost them dearly so far. Four interceptions and two fumbles last week added to their woes – without those mistakes the Boys are 4-3 and only 1 1/2 games behind division leader New York Giants.
Dallas has played well at times this year – as mentioned the lapses have cost them close games. They enter Sunday’s showdown 3rd in the NFL in passing with an average of nearly 300 yards per game. Interceptions, fumbles and drops have killed momentum and put their defense behind the eight-ball in most of their games thus far.
The running game has been a disappointment so far this year – 28th in the NFL and averaging 86 yards per game. DeMarco Murray looks doubtful to play again this week leaving the bulk of the work up to the chronically unflattering Felix Jones.
The Dallas defense has held their end of the bargain this season – 3rd against the pass allowing 187.71 yards per game and 13th against the run surrendering 104.71 yards per game. Rob Ryan has his defense playing well – they just need a little help from the offense!
The Atlanta Falcons have been stellar all season – atop most Power Rankings and looking virtually unstoppable on offense. Led by MVP candidate Matt Ryan, the Falcons enter Sunday’s game with the league’s 8th best passing game and with arguably the best stable of pass catchers in the league – Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. They will be a test for Dallas’s 3rd ranked pass defense for sure.
The Falcons own the 24th ranked rushing offense in the league – surprising when you consider that they trot out Michael Turner and Jaquizz Rodgers every week. As unflattering as their ranking is, the Falcons still possess a formidable run game to complete what is a scary and balanced offense.
Defensively, Atlanta has been better than advertised. Their 26th ranked run defense and 10th ranked pass D doesn’t really tell the story. They allow 18.57 points per game – that tells the story! The Atlanta secondary has only given up 7 passing touchdowns and 1633 passing yards to opponents through seven games, ranking them in the top seven of the NFL in both categories. This unit will be a good test for Tony Romo and the boys.
• The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas’s last 7 games on the road
• Dallas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Atlanta
• The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Dallas’s last 10 games
• The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas’s last 6 games when playing Atlanta
• Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
• Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
• The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta’s last 10 games at home
• The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 6 games
Atlanta has been impressive thus far – that’s for sure. But Dallas offers a defensive challenge that they have not seen so far this year. The Cowboys secondary is legit, the bad taste in the Boys’ mouths is palpable and another loss for Dallas is being viewed as absolutely inexcusable. I like the Cowboys to build off their scintillating final three quarters of Week 9, I think they will be able to minimize mistakes and I think they will pull the upset of the weekend.
Pick: Dallas Cowboys +4 1/2