Undoubtedly one of the premier match-ups of Week 10 occurs during the 4:00 Eastern hour when the Dallas Cowboys will finally play without Ezekiel Elliott as they travel to do battle with the Atlanta Falcons. It should make for a very intriguing all-NFC battle on Sunday between these two squads that believe they have the type of roster that can contend for a Super Bowl come early February.
Atlanta has begun the first-half of their season mired in some mediocre play. They could have lost to the Jets a few weeks back, and last week they let the game slip away in Carolina. They are better than they’ve shown but they need to put it together – sooner rather than later.
For the Cowboys, expect a committee approach to replace what Elliott brought to the run game. Dallas finally has gotten going in the past few weeks – feasting on some weaker opponents. They are firmly in the playoff hunt and will look to stay there with another big win on the road in Week 10. This game should be a ton of fun and as always, your betting needs are covered here at The Sports Geek. Read on below for a full game breakdown and analysis.
Cowboys vs. Falcons Betting Odds:
Dallas Cowboys +3 (+100)
@ Atlanta Falcons -3 (-120)
Over 48.5 (-110)
Under 48.5 (-110)
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Cowboys vs. Falcons Pick:
The Cowboys red-hot offense may just get a stern wake-up call this week. Not only will they be missing the beastly Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield, but the Cowboys will also need to play without key offensive lineman Tyron Smith. He’ll be sidelined with a groin injury and his backup Chaz Green will be a huge liability this week.
This is great news for Atlanta’s edge rushers as they’ll look to force Dak Prescott into all kinds of hurried situations on Sunday afternoon. Dallas typically drives all of their offense through great O-Line play, but with these injuries – you have to wonder how it will impact them. La’el Collins is also struggling for Dallas on the offensive line.
I don’t expect Dallas to be able to run the football all that well with Smith and Collins both absent or ineffective. Combine that with Dak Prescott’s blindside being exposed, and the Falcons should be able to generate enough to not only stifle the run, but apply enough pressure so they aren’t exploited downfield. Moving the chains will be tough once again for a depleted Cowboys team.
The Matt Ryan-to-Julio Jones connection looked a little off last week in Carolina, but they should be able to get back on track in Week 10 against the Cowboys. Dallas is struggling with their secondary and at home – they are just a much better offensive team. Unlike Prescott, Ryan should receive excellent protection from his O-Line, and that will give him all kinds of time and space to find the likes of Mohamed Sanu and Julio Jones downfield. Both big receivers should be in line for massive games. I can’t see Dallas slowing down the aerial attack of the Falcons at all.
Yes, the Falcons have not looked good at all this week. But they are now a desperate team sitting at just 4-4. They know they can’t let the division slip out of their reach, and with the Cowboys perhaps looking ahead to the Eagles next week on Sunday night – maybe Atlanta is catching the depleted Cowboys at exactly the right time. Add in the fact that Dallas’ only playmaker on offense – Dez Bryant is pretty banged up. Though the talented receiver will play, his effectiveness will be limited. I like the Falcons here to make a statement and emerge with a convincing victory at home.
PICK = Falcons -3 (-120)