The Atlanta Falcons (7-0) come steamrolling into their Week 9 contest where they will host the reeling Dallas Cowboys (3-4).
This is a huge game for Dallas. They have lost three of their last four and most of them have been in heartbreaking fashion. The team can't take much more of that, and they need to start building a sense of confidence around the team.
What better way to do that than against the league's only undefeated team. Obviously, this is much easier said than done, as the Falcons have to be itching for the opportunity to push Dallas further towards the cellar.
Where: Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
When: Sunday, November 4 at 8:20 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Listen: NFL Audio Pass
Betting Line: Falcons -4 according to Bet Online on Oct. 31
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The Cowboys are playing some outstanding pass defense. Case in point, there wasn't one player involved with the Giants' passing game last week who produced anything worthy of a fantasy starter.
This doesn't mean you should bench Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez, but be advised that they are not the locks for production that they usually are.
Meanwhile, the Falcons are playing solid pass defense themselves, but given the fact that Dallas can't run the ball, and they are likely to be behind, Tony Romo should be dropping back often to give himself and his receivers a chance to produce.
Cowboys Player To Watch: Tony Romo
Romo is always the center of attention when it comes to the Cowboys, and right now, it is not for the best reasons.
He is making some terrible decisions and he already has thrown 13 interceptions, which is three more than he had all of last season.
It's not all Romo's fault. He is getting next to no help from his teammates, and if he isn't making things happen, this offense does not move.
Falcons Player To Watch: Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan is having an amazing season. He has had just one game this season where he finished with a QB rating of under 89. That is impressive.
His one bad game came in Week 6 against the Raiders where he chucked three picks. The Falcons went on bye the following week and Ryan bounced back against the Eagles last week with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Key Matchup: Cowboys' Pass Defense vs. Falcons' Pass Offense
This matchup is going to be a blast. The Cowboys are third in the league in passing yards allowed per game, and the Falcons are eighth in passing yards.
While the Cowboys are struggling, it has pushed how well their defense has been playing, and that starts with the pass defense.
If the Cowboys' offense can manage to avoid putting this defense in hole after hole, Dallas will have a chance.
On the Hot Seat: Jason Garrett
The Cowboys have talent. They are in pretty much every game, yet they are just 3-4. This is never good for a coach's security.
Making things worse for Garrett is that the majority of the failures are coming on the offensive end, and the offense is his baby.
Prediction: Cowboys 24, Falcons 20
Things have to even out sometime for these two teams. The Falcons keep winning close games and the Cowboys keep losing them. While it shows the true mettle of the team, it also shows that these two are not as far apart as their record suggests.
I look for the Cowboys' defense to make a statement, and the offense to finally play a sound game.
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