1. Atlanta Falcons
Brandon Weeden is going to be playing quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys against the Atlanta Falcons and he’s not going to have Dez Bryant to throw to. Weeden could also be without tight end Jason Witten who’s battling through a slew of injuries heading into Week Three. Even with all of that, there’s still a chance that the Falcons could fall to the NFC East leading Cowboys.
The Falcons are undoubtedly going to be able to put points on the board. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and the rest of the Atlanta attack is so incredibly full of weapons and talent that they can’t be held down all afternoon, even if Dallas plays a perfect game defensively. What’s important to note is that there’s the chance of the Cowboys controlling the pace of the game with their offense that could negate the effect of the Falcons’ offense.
With Weeden starting at quarterback, the Cowboys are almost unquestionably going to be in a run-heavy scheme this week against Atlanta. The Falcons haven’t been burned by opposing rushing attacks to this point, but they also haven’t been up against an offensive line like the one in Dallas.
If Joseph Randle and the Cowboys running attack can keep moving the ball downfield and control the flow of the game, which isn’t out of the realm of possibility, they’ll have a real chance to pull off an impressive upset over the Falcons without their two biggest offensive weapons.
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