The National Football League rolls along into Week 2 of the season with a pair of winless teams matching up in Dallas. The Atlanta Falcons go on the road to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Atlanta Struggled in Week 1
The Falcons lost their Week 1 affair at home to the Seattle Seahawks. Their defense was not great in this game, as the Seahawks scored 38 points.
The Falcons allowed Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson throw for four touchdowns. Many wonder if Dak Prescott, a similar quarterback, will be able to put up numbers like that in this game.
The Falcons offense saw Matt Ryan throw the football 54 times in the loss. He finished with 450 yards and two touchdowns in the loss, with an interception as well.
Julio Jones had a big day but was kept out of the end zone. He finished with 157 receiving yards. In fact, three Falcons picked up more than 100 yards via the air in the game.
Todd Gurley carried the football 14 times for 56 times in his Falcons debate. He took 66 percent of the carries for the running back committee, which saw six guys run the football.
Dallas Looking to Avoid 0-2 under McCarthy
Mike McCarthy took over the reins of the Dallas Cowboys in the offseason, and Week 1 did not go as planned. The Cowboys scored just 17 points in the road loss at the Rams.
The biggest play of the game was McCarthy electing to go for it on fourth down instead of taking the game-tying field goal with about 12 minutes to play. The Cowboys never got back on the scoreboard after that call, which resulted in a turnover on downs.
The offense saw Prescott toss the football around for 266 yards and a touchdown, with his top target being Amari Cooper, who caught 10 passes for 81 yards in the loss. Ezekiel Elliott finished the game with just shy of 100 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
The Cowboys are one of three teams in the NFC East that lost their season openers. The Eagles lost to Washington, while the Giants were taken down on Monday night by the Steelers.
Cowboys Favored in Home Opener
Dallas is listed at -4.5 in this game. That seems a little low for this game, as we feel Dallas is going to have a breakout in Week 2.
The total for the game is listed at 52.5. Dallas has a team total of 28.5, while Atlanta is at 24. Look for both teams to go over their team totals, and of course, the total for the game to sail over.
While we are at it, we are also taking the Dallas Cowboys to win. We have a projected final score in this game as Dallas Cowboys 34-27 over the Atlanta Falcons.
BetUS has a prop for this game with the longest touchdown being 43.5 yards. For a game that we project to be high scoring, that seems low. Taking the over in that may be a wise choice.
Another prop bet would be the half that sees the most scoring. That’s going to be the second half. We see a team trailing and passing the football all over the place. This is listed at -120 for the second half and seems like it’s in a good spot.
Finally, we’re recommending a touchdown for both Julio Jones and Zeke Elliott in this game. Make sure to check the exact odds before you wager it and possibly parlay it. This feels like a game for the stars!
There are a few of the betting odds for the Falcons and Cowboys. Best of luck with all your betting, and enjoy the game!