Hello, football fans and welcome to the Fuel Tank! In this exciting column, we will be breaking down one of the hottest NFL news topics and then I will be giving my viewpoint on the topic while breaking down why the opposition is false. Please don’t bash anyone or post any hateful comments as everyone has a right to their own opinion! With that said, let’s jump right into today’s story.
With the NFL season reaching its second week of the season, another upset is on the horizon, just like the Jaguars and Colts game, and it’s that the Atlanta Falcons will upset the Dallas Cowboys. If you thought you read that wrong, don’t worry… you didn’t. The upset falls on three key reasons:
1. History of the two teams
In their past two games, the Cowboys and Falcons have both won once, yet the scores of these games tell a deeper story. In 2017, the Cowboys lost to the Falcons 7-27 in an atrocious blowout loss Dak didn’t throw for a single touchdown, Elliot wasn’t playing, and their offense and defense couldn’t do much to stop the Falcons explosive offense. In 2018, the Cowboys won, but they merely scratched by due to them only winning by three points. This time, Elliot was in and rushed for 100+ yards, but again Dak didn’t throw for a single touchdown, while he was able to run it in for one, it means that we’ll see another weak showing from Prescott again against this Falcons’ defense.
2. Atlanta’s explosive offense
If you see three receivers that had 100+ yards in the same game (even though they lost), then you better watch out and be prepared for an air raid. Matt Ryan threw for 450 yards and two touchdowns, with 157 yards being to Julio Jones, 130 yards to Calvin Ridley, and 114 yards to Russell Gage. Their passing offense won’t slow down anytime soon and it looks as though that Ryan will lead the league in passing yards this year.
We also can’t overlook the rushing game as Todd Gurley had a fairly decent game with all we know about his knee (arthritis problems). He rushed for 56 yards, averaged four yards per rush, and he scored a touchdown. That ain’t too bad for a true first game back and that further proves that the Falcons offense is something to look out for in this game and in later upcoming games.
3. Cowboys injuries
Let’s take a look at the Cowboy’s injury report and see how much some units have weakened. On offense, Amari Cooper has an ankle injury, but he will probably play as he had a full practice on Friday. This doesn’t mean he’s fully recovered and he might be limited in reps.
Another offensive injury to look at is Tyron Smith’s neck injury that has kept him out of practice and Friday’s walkthrough according to the Cowboys. Jerry Jones states that “The good news is the people that would replace him, the combinations of people, have had more time to work on it than we had this time last week.” This tells us that we’ll most likely see someone replace him and if not, he’ll be heavily limited in playing time. Also, they have promoted offensive tackle, Eric Smith, to the practice squad; and, that further proves that Smith possibly will be out this game.
A defensive injury to look at is Anthony Brown as he has been moved to the injury reserve, which is a blow to the defensive back group. Trevon Diggs and the other CBs down in the depth chart must do whatever they can to back up Brown’s absence.
Addressing the other side
The Falcons defense is terrible
That doesn’t mean that they can’t pull out a win. The Chiefs defense wasn’t all that and now they’re Super Bowl champions; while a good defense can help, teams can still pull off miraculous things without a decent one. Plus, they still have playmakers in Deion Jones, Dante Fowler Jr., and Keanu Neal, so they’ll be alright.
Elliot will eat the Falcons alive
I definitely can see this happening, so if you have him on your fantasy team, I’d use him if I were you. Sadly though, he can’t single-handedly win the Cowboys the game as they must utilize their passing attack as well. Dak must be able to score himself with the weapons he has available.
Trevon Diggs will step up for Brown’s absence!
Against Julio Jones? A receiver who is known as one of the best receivers in recent history and one of the best receivers in the league right now. Yeah, I’m taking Jones 90% of the time even though he’s having hamstring problems. Diggs is going to have his “welcome to the NFL” moment against him.
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