For a team that has gone 7-0 to start the season, the Falcons have certainly been cardiac kids at home in the Georgia Dome. They survived a final quarter comeback by Denver in Week 2, scraped home against the 1-6 Panthers in Week 4, then outlasted the Raiders winning 23-20 three weeks back.
Their opponents on Monday morning (AEST), the Dallas Cowboys , have arguably been better than their 3-4 record suggests. They were squeezed out by two points away to Baltimore in Week 6, then last week Dez Bryant’s fingernails were all that stood between a last-play touchdown and victory over the Giants. Jason Garrett’s side is on a downward slide, though, after losing three of their last four.
Part of that can be attributed to Tony Romo’s penchant for turning the ball over, as evidenced by his 10 interceptions in his past four starts. His targets certainly found plenty of the ball last week against New York, however, as tight end Jason Witten amassed a phenomenal 18 catches for 167 yards, while Miles Austin also racked up nine receptions.
It’s the other set of receivers which is more likely to create havoc, though, with Matt Ryan having an embarrassment of riches at his disposal. Future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez defies age to continue producing high quality numbers, while Julio Jones , Roddy White and Harry Douglas make up one of the best receiving corps in the league. The Cowboys are ranked third in the league in pass defence, but they’ll have their work cut out against this line-up.
Dallas has only outscored their opposition once in the final quarter this season, so taking a Dallas/Atlanta halftime/fulltime double could provide some value, as could getting on Atlanta to cover the second half line .
Click here to bet on NFL Week Nine Matches