In Week 3 of the NFL season the Atlanta Falcons are headed to Jerry Jones’ “Billion Dollar Playpen” to face the Dallas Cowboys. To preview Sunday’s game with the Dallas Cowboys, members of the Bird Brehs provided analysis on the most important position and unit matchups of the game.
Rome Brown says:
Cowboys O-Line v Falcons D-Line
There’s been much praise for the Falcons improved pass rush and defense so far this year, but this will be their biggest test thus far. The Cowboys offensive line is regarded as the best in the NFL, boasting 3 All-Pros and are anchored by $110 million left tackle, Tyron Smith. If the Falcons want to win they have to stifle the run and constantly pressure Brandon Weeden.
Kaedus Hines says:
Dallas’ Interior OL vs. Atlanta’s DTs
If the Cowboys offensive line has any weak point, it would be at Left Guard. Mackenzy Bernadeau had a PFF run grade of -3.2 and was replaced with rookie La’el Collins in spots during the game. Soliai and Hageman must use this to their advantage to stuff the run game. Babs, Clayborn, and Jarrett must also collapse the pocket due to the tough day Beasley is facing against Pro Bowl OT Tyron Smith.
Tee Little says:
Jacob Tamme vs. Sean Lee
Jacob Tamme is no Tony Gonzalez but in last week’s 24-20 win against the NY Giants he gave Falcons fans a glimpse of the Gonzalez glory days. Tamme was targeted on 7 different occasions, resulting in 4 receptions for 77 yards. Matt Ryan’s security blanket will need a repeat performance as he is matched up with one of the best linebackers in the league and reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Week, Sean Lee. Since 2010, Lee leads all linebackers with the most interceptions in the league with 12 interceptions.