Recent history favors the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday
After a terrible loss last week, the Atlanta Falcons go on the road for the first time.
Obviously, last week’s 38-25 loss to Russell Wilson and the Seahawks was not how the Atlanta Falcons envisioned the year starting off. Fans didn’t expect to hear Dan Quinn tell the world that once again the franchise was “pissed off” so soon either – but here we are.
The Atlanta Falcons have not started out 0-2 since the nightmare known as the 2007 NFL season. (Don’t worry, we won’t rehash that here) In order to avoid the 0-2 start in 2020, the Atlanta Falcons have to find a way to beat a pissed off Dallas Cowboys team that lost their week one matchup in LA to the Rams.
The Cowboys and Falcons have met three previous times during Dan Quinn’s tenure as head coach of the Falcons. The Falcons won both the 2015 and 2017 matchups while they lost in 2018 at home.
The Atlanta Falcons have won three of the last five games versus the Cowboys.
Overall, this will be Matt Ryan‘s sixth game against the Cowboys. He has thrown for 1,331 yards, seven touchdowns, and four interceptions in the previous five games. Ryan has completed nearly 68 percent of his pass attempts against the Cowboys and was only sacked 12 times in those five games.
Ryan has also averaged 6.4 yards per rushing attempt against the Cowboys, which is the fifth-highest average against any franchise in his career. Not that we expect him to beat the Cowboys with his feet but they clearly do not respect his ability to scramble and pick up yards by running the ball.
The game will be broadcast on Fox with kickoff set for 1:00 pm. Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston & Pam Oliver are set to broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Locally in Atlanta, the game can be heard on radio via 929 The Game with longtime play by play broadcaster Wes Durham and former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Dave Archer providing color.
The Cowboys are currently a four-point favorite at home this Sunday.