This past Sunday’s loss to division rival New York Giants was a tough pill to swallow for the Dallas Cowboys. After going down 0-23 early in the game, they fought their way back to be up on the Giants, only to have it all wash away with a few badly planned plays. They will need to get their act together this coming Sunday night, however, because they are playing the only undefeated team in the league in the Atlanta Falcons. If they cannot fix their turnovers and penalties by game time, then they do not have a chance in this game.
One of the biggest problems the Cowboys have had throughout the year is lack of preparation. They run sloppy plays that lead to no gained yardage or, even worse, turnovers. Quarterback Tony Romo has thrown multiple interceptions this year through badly run routes by his receivers, most notably Dez Bryant. They will have to fix this and fix it fast if they do not want to get embarrassed by an apt Falcons team.
They will also need to work on their discipline on the defensive side of the ball. While they had a great game against the Giants this past Sunday, the Cowboys D has been known to give opposing offenses extra yardage on penalties against themselves. This needs to be quieted and quieted quick. The Cowboys defense has played well the last few games and needs to keep that going against a Falcons team that can definitely score points. If they do not do this, then they will surely be blown out.
At a +4.5 advantage in the NFL odds going into Sunday night’s game against Atlanta, the Cowboys will have a good chance of covering the spread but will need something more to dethrone the only unbeaten team in the NFL. If they can stay disciplined, they just might have a shot.