Few Give Dallas a Chance to Beat Atlanta

 

The Cowboys struggled to win in nearly every simulation.

Jerry Jones and Rob Ryan think the Cowboys will find a way to play a perfect game and end Atlanta’s unbeaten streak. Some fans think the same thing.

Not many others agree. Every simulation has the Falcons coming away with a win, with most predicting that both teams will score more than 20 but less than 30 points.

Here’s a list:

What If Sports: Atlanta 27, Dallas 20

AccuScore: Atlanta 28, Dallas 24

Number Fire: Atlanta 25, Dallas 22

TeamRankings: Atlanta 25, Dallas 23

Madden (via ESPN): Atlanta 31, Dallas 21

 

Among ESPN commentators, only Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski predicted a Dallas win. Even fewer in Dallas think the Cowboys will win as seven of eight reporters with the Dallas Morning News picked Atlanta to win.

 

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A Look Back: Dallas at Atlanta in 1974

Jethro Pugh (75) and the Dallas defense shut out the Atlanta Falcons during the opening week of the 1974 season.

The Cowboys first faced the Atlanta Falcons during Atlanta’s inaugural season in 1966. Dallas won in a 47-14 blowout.

Blowouts were the norm in the early part of this series, as Dallas won the first five games by a combined score of 145-38. The teams played three of these five games at Atlanta.

The last of the five games took place in 1974 during the opening week. The Cowboys had little trouble with the Falcons that day, taking a 17-0 halftime lead on the way to a 24-0 win.

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It was a nice way to open the season for Dallas, but the weeks that followed were less than great. Dallas lost four in a row and wound up finishing at 8-6. The team missed the playoffs for the first time since 1965.

The Cowboys lost to the Falcons for the first time in 1976, and the teams have been a bit more even in the series after the early domination by the Cowboys. Dallas holds a 16-8 edge in 22 games, including two playoff wins.

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