Cowboys vs. Falcons: Bold Predictions for Sunday Night Clash

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistNovember 4, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 28:  Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons drops back to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on October 28, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Tony Romo and Matt Ryan couldn’t be any further apart as they face off in Atlanta on Sunday night.  

Romo has been intercepted on his way to losses, to the point where they almost seem commonplace. All the while, Cowboys have been the picture of inconsistency this season, with a 3-5 record to boot.

Ryan, meanwhile, may be taking the leap that Romo never did. His team is 7-0, and they’ve opened up the offense with Julio Jones and Roddy White. He’s currently in the MVP discussion, and a primetime win over Dallas would help his campaign immensely.

With that, here are three bold predictions for Sunday Night Football, with one specific to the quarterback battle.


Matt Ryan Will Throw More Interceptions Than Tony Romo

Yes, Tony Romo will throw an interception; I’m not going that far off the grid. Ryan, though, will throw two.

Romo is a ridiculous 19-2 in November since he took over as the Cowboys’ starter in 2006. That means he’s won 90 percent of his games.

Something about the autumn leaves help get his mind right. If only he could translate that November success to the next month.


Tony Gonzalez Will Have a Better Fantasy Day Than Jason Witten

Witten was spectacular last weekend, catching 18 balls for 167 yards, but as a result the Falcons will key on the Dallas TE.

With Julio Jones and Roddy White on the outside, though, the Cowboys can’t afford to drape defensive backs on Gonzalez. The HOF lock has shown no signs of slowing down this season; as of last week he had four touchdowns on the year through seven games.

Tony G should throw a ball through the goal post Sunday night, while Witten will not.


DeMarcus Ware Will Be the Player of the Game

Perhaps the Romo prediction still stings, so I give you one more reason Matt Ryan will have a tough day against the Cowboys: DeMarcus Ware.

The ’Boys' top defensive player will wreck havoc on the Falcons’ offensive line because they don’t max protect. That will open up the pass rush for Ware to have a huge day, both rushing the passer and disguised in coverage.

He will certainly do everything in his power to keep his team from a 3-5 record. I think his pass rush proves to be the difference in the game