The Cowboys' life without and started strong – in the first half – as completed his first nine passes against a shaky Atlanta . This stretched his consecutive completions streak to 21, a team record.

Dallas took the first possession downfield for a touchdown, as turned a loss of yards into a 37-yard score. The run was picked as's second best of the week –

Randle would then punch in a one-yard touchdown on the next drive, extending the lead to 14-0.

After a Falcons' score, joined the rushing attack – scoring from one yard out.

Joseph Randle would get a trifecta of touchdowns, going over the top just before halftime to give the Cowboys a 28-14 lead. Unfortunately, these were the last points Dallas would score in the game.

would abandon the in the second half, as Dallas ran the ball just five times in the closing two quarters. Atlanta got after Brandon Weeden, making him ineffective.

was also virtually invisible, being targeted just twice and failing to make a reception.

Overall, the was certainly simpler to compensate for Weeden's skill set. Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden will need to show that they can be consistent workhorse type backs – and not just flashy runners with big play ability.

This is what caused the Cowboys to lose in time of possession and in turn, on the scoreboard.

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