Despite starting the season with two victories, the Dallas Cowboys would love to start the season all over. After losing their elite play-maker in Dez Bryant during their week one victory over the Giants, the injury bug wasn’t done in Dallas. Tony Romo went down this past week with a broken left collarbone as the Cowboys went on to win a sloppy game against the rival Philadelphia Eagles. Filling in will be none other than the former 1st round pick, Brandon Weeden. As if the losses of Romo and Bryant weren’t bad enough, Jason Witten may not play in week 3 either, though he will try his best to make it out onto the field as he remains one of the hardest competitors in the game.
The trio of Weeden, Joseph Randle and Terrance Williams isn’t quite reminiscent of the “triplets” back in the ’90s for Dallas which featured: Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin; or of Romo, DeMarco Murray and Bryant, for that matter. Regardless, Jerry Jones is confident that his guys can pull off the win in “Jerry World”. Weeden came on in relief for the injured Romo last week and completed all 7 of his passes for 73 yards and a TD pass, but is obviously a tough sell in his week three start against a slightly underrated Falcons defense.
Flipping it over to Atlanta, they deal with a slight case of the injury bug themselves as rookie running back Tevin Coleman will most likely sit week 3 out with a fractured rib. This leaves them with Devonta Freeman as the primary RB. Freeman isn’t the skilled runner that Coleman is, but he is a lethal threat catching the ball out of the backfield, as Atlanta will probably look to pass all game long.
Both teams enter the game at 2-0 with wins against the same teams. While Dallas will look to take advantage of the homefield, the Falcons play in a dome of their own and will know what to expect. Arguably the best QB-WR tandem in the NFL, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones have gotten off to a hot start and are both top 5 in passing yards and receiving yards, respectively. They will be too much to handle for Dallas’ secondary and both will have a field day. I don’t expect Atlanta’s defense to play lights out against a battered Dallas offense, the Cowboys will put some points on the board.
I’m going to have to go ahead and agree with 3 out of 4 our expert panelists (sorry Keet) with a Falcons victory in week 3. I just don’t see Weeden being capable of leading the Cowboys to a victory against the likes of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. I can see the game starting off close, but the Falcons will go on to take control leading up to halftime.
Prediction: Falcons 27, Cowboys 16