The Cowboys will be looking to get to three games over .500 for the first time this season when they travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons. The Falcons are a very inconsistent team, they have an impressive win against the Packers at home but, besides that they have been very average in 2017.
Average indeed has been the perfect word to describe the 2017 Falcons, with a record of 4-4 and 1-3 in their last four games, the Falcons appear to be destined to finished 2017 as an average football team.
However, there are a few members of the Falcons who are far from average, most notably, Julio Jones. If you’re reading this article then you probably already know who Julio Jones is, but he is such a weapon for the Falcons that he deserves to be talked about some more.
2017 has been viewed as an off season for Jones, after an incredible 2016 campaign the receiver only has tallied one touchdown so far, this season. Even in a season that is considered an off year, Jones is fourth in the league in receiving yards with 658.
Cowboy fans will remember the last time that Jones faced off against their team, week 3 of 2015, a game in which the Falcons made an incredible second half comeback led Jones and his 164 yards and two touchdowns. Although many players from the 2015 secondary are gone now, that game was against a Rod Marinelli coached defense.
A major difference between now and the last time the Cowboys faced off against the Falcons is Jourdan Lewis, Lewis is slowly climbing the ladder amongst defensive rookie of the year candidates. Expect Jones and Lewis to see a lot of one another on Sunday.
If the Cowboy offense can keep performing the way it has been lately and the defense keep Jones to a modest game and not allow him to punish their secondary, expect Dallas to leave Mercedes-Benz stadium with a 6-3 record and a four-game winning streak.