For the second week in a row, the Atlanta Falcons will be facing an opponent that has had an extra week of film study to prepare for them. I feel certain the Dallas Cowboys paid close attention to the Falcons past two victories against San Francisco and Chicago. In those two weeks, one thing stands out. Defense. The Falcons defense ranks 23rd in the NFL in yards allowed (359.2 per game) but third in points (15.4) and touchdowns (eight) allowed.
They have totaled only 10 sacks, which also ranks 23rd. That said, their five interceptions (10th in the NFL), 10 forced fumbles (second only to New EnglandÆs 11), seven fumble recoveries (fourth) and 12 total takeaways (tied for fourth) put them in the top 10 in total defense.
Bend, don't break while forcing the opponent to make mistakes. ...
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Article written by Richard Bridges