Atlanta Falcons vs Dallas Cowboys: Tale of the tape

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The defenses

If the offense tilts the balance in Atlanta’s way, then the defense is certainly in Dallas’ favor. The Cowboys have been brilliant against the run, allowing 106 yards in total over the first two games. They shut down DeMarco Murray and the Eagles’ talented backfield, although the Falcons did the same in Week 1.

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The Cowboys have given up just 409 yards in the air, ninth-best in the NFL. It will be a tough challenge for the Falcons offense to move the football, although they will be without rookie Randy Gregory.

The Falcons’ defense is a work in progress, and there are some positives to take from the season so far. They have been excellent against the run—allowing just 160 rushing yards—ranking ninth in the NFL. But while the pass rush has been much improved, the unit has still allowed 627 yards through two games, ranking 29th in the NFL.

To reach its full potential, the defense must improve. Fortunately for Atlanta, dealing with Romo and Bryant won’t be a concern on Sunday. These two teams matchup well and should result in a good contest.

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