- The Atlanta Falcons allowed 38 points in Week 1
- The Dallas Cowboys faced a very tough defense in Week 1
These two teams disappointed for completely different reasons in Week 1. The Dallas Cowboys much discussed offense came out of the gate with a whimper, while the Atlanta Falcons defense was blown away by the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter of their game.
This week both of those teams will be looking to change that script, but realistically only one of them is likely to change. The Falcons defense has a lot of question marks on the back end, which is a serious problem when you do not have elite pass rushers. The Cowboys offense was always going to have issues with the Rams defense, as they have the ability to get pressure on the best offensive lines with Aaron Donald up the middle, while also having a superb pair of cover corners on the back end.
This week the Cowboys will not face the same pressure either up front or on the back end and they should be able to find much more success on offense. The Falcons secondary has no one that can match up to any of the main three weapons in the Cowboys passing game. With the narrative all week having been about how vanilla the Cowboys offense was, look for them to fire it up in Week 2.
On the other side the Falcons have the weapons to do damage as well. They fought back admirably against the Seahawks, putting up 25 on a far superior defense to the one they will face this week. Look for Matt Ryan and the Falcons to score close to 30 points this week, but even that may not be enough given the holes on the back end of their defense.
If you are feeling adventurous then push this line up to 60, take the over and get juicy odds of +200.
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