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3 Stars from Cowboys @ Falcons

It was an unexpected and disappointing result for the on Sunday afternoon on the road vs the . They took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter after a interception, but couldn't do anything else the rest of the way.

It's clear that this team seriously misses at and as much as they missed , they missed Smith waaaaaaaay more. I don't mean to pile onto with a loss still fresh, but I also can't figure a Cowboy into this week's of the Game.

Star 1 – ATL DE Adrian Clayborn

has only two seasons in his seven-year career when he recorded more than five .

Against the Dallas Cowboys Clayborn recorded six sacks, forced two fumbles, and recovered a fumble.

couldn't do anything to slow the Falcons as he set an Atlanta Falcons franchise record. took over for Green in the fourth quarter and struggled to slow Clayborn as well.

Star 2 – ATL RB Tevin Coleman

The had been playing pretty good against the run the last several weeks. During their three game winning streak they'd only allowed opponents to rush for an average of 73.33 yards per game.

Atlanta Falcons Tevin Coleman carried the ball 20 times for 83 yards and a touchdown. As a whole, the Atlanta Falcons' running backs ran for 132 yards.

After went out of the game early with a concussion, it looked like Dallas would have an in the run game. Then when went out, Coleman looked to be able to pick up big chunks at times. This helped Atlanta set up the play action pass, which was a killer for Dallas in the second half.

Star 3 – ATL QB Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan looked a lot more like his 2016 self than he did his 2017 self.

Aside from an early interception on a pass that was tipped and intercepted by , the Falcons had a really good day.

He completed 75.86% of his passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Not stellar, but good. When Ryan needed to pick up a third down, he was able to find his guy. He was efficient and made the plays that were there for him to make en route to a convincing conference win.

Early on, it looked like the Dallas was going to find some success against Matt Ryan, but as the game wore on and Atlanta pulled out to a comfortable lead, he was able to have his way with the Cowboys defense.

Honorable Mention – DAL QB Dak Prescott

didn't have a great game. The stats won't look great, but he showed a lot of heart and resiliency throughout the game after he was hit time and again.

He didn't get a lot of help from the left side of his and even allowed a sack.

Throughout the game, Dak Prescott was able to buy time, as was necessary, and kept making plays into the fourth quarter.

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Up next for the Dallas Cowboys is a date with and divisional leader . Hopefully Tyron Smith will be healthy by then, otherwise it could be another long day for the .

John Williams
John Williams
Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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