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Cowboys Have to Prove Themselves Again vs Atlanta

The high-riding stumbled and fell hard last week against the . The extreme ugliness of that loss undid a lot of confidence building from previous weeks, and now the Cowboys have to start proving themselves again in Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Trust is hard to earn and easy to lose. That's especially true when there's a bad , and the last 25 years of Cowboys football have made fans and onlookers reasonably dubious whenever the team starts to look like it's on the way back up.

Part of what made last Sunday's collapse against the Broncos so frustrating was that it felt like the other shoe we'd all been waiting for. Once again, the Cowboys couldn't keep a good thing going.

Now they have to earn back some of that respect from their 6-1 start.

No, the 4-4 Atlanta Falcons aren't an elite NFL team this season. But they present an opportunity for Dallas to do what they have so far this year and should've done against Denver; handle their business against the bottom half of the league.

Like the Broncos last week, Atlanta comes to with a .500 record. But even the successful half of their season is suspect as the wins have come against the Giants, Jets, Dolphins, and a Saints team that was missing its starting .

The Falcons haven't impressed on either side of the ball in 2021. Their is 20th overall and 21st in scoring while the is 17th in yards allowed and 28th in points.

This all sounds great for Dallas but, unfortunately, we were saying the same things about the Broncos a week ago. So to think Atlanta can't come to town and do what Denver did would be pure arrogance after the atrocity we watched last Sunday.

At the very least, oddsmakers still seem to believe in the Cowboys. Dallas opened as -425 favorites and, as for the spread, the sites listed here at SportsBettingDime.com all indicate that the Boys should cover the spread by 9 points. All sites are showing the Cowboys as a sure win this week, barring any surprise changes to the starting roster.

Despite last week's letdown, Dallas is still one of the heavy favorites on the Week 10 schedule. They're getting benefit of the doubt that the Broncos game was a fluke and the real Cowboys are who we saw win six-straight games beforehand.

That credit will be used up if things don't dramatically improve against the Falcons. We were recently using words like “different” and “special” when talking about the 2021 Cowboys. The vocabulary will start shifting greatly if they don't get back to business immediately.

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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Todd

Hi Jess,
In an odd way, I both expected a loss here and was almost relieved. Disappointed, but oddly relieved. With so many young guys on the team and so many last minute wins (Chargers, Patriots, Vikings) it felt like the team was starting to believe their press.

Trying to be an optimist, I’m hoping a loss against a team they should have beat brings them back to earth and reminds them anyone can beat them any day if they are not prepared and ready to go. Better now than when they really need it.

Todd

Ethan L Chazin

I usually love your work Jess, but this one’s a “MISS” article for me. Why? B/c teams have to prove themselves every week. The season is a body of work, lots of injuries, players being held out due to covid an extra game, the salary cap. Even extreme underdogs can grit out a W. The margin for error i nthe nfl is slim, and you can see the window on thsi team closing with respect to the “older” guys – Tyron, Zack, Dak, Zeke, Tank.

Todd C

For me I see this as a repeat of the sackfest like the last time they played Atalanta. The O line was a disaster last week and I expect that to continue this week with Steele on the left side. It does not matter how many skill player there are on offense if the line can’t block and protect Dak. If Tyron can’t make it back this season is toast. Left tackle HAS to be the priority next year in the draft or FA.

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