October 14, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a pass in the second half against the Oakland Raiders at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons beat the Raiders 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

NFL Week Nine Staff Picks: Cowboys vs. Falcons

Every week of the NFL regular season, we ask all of The Landry Hat writers and contributors to submit their picks and predictions for the upcoming Dallas Cowboy game. This week, we asked our experts for their predictions for Sunday night’s game between our Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons.

Steven Mullenax, Editor & Head Writer: This should be one of the easiest picks all season. Yet, the predictions you’ll  see below plus other’s I’ve heard in the national media actually have Dallas winning this game.  And it’s mostly based on the one good quarter the Cowboys’ offense had against the New York Giants last week. One good quarter does not make a good team. Don’t get me wrong: I love our defense! But the offense is still in shambles. And still without DeMarco Murray, whom I believe is the key to getting the offense back on track. The Falcons keep their undefeated streak alive:  Atlanta 28, Dallas 20.

Artie Cappello, Senior Writer: The only thing, and I mean ‘only thing’ the Dallas Cowboys have going for them is they haven’t quit in the face of adversity.  Keep matriculating down the field Cowboys, you’re bound to win some of the time.  Dallas 27, Atlanta 23.

Michael Huff, Staff Writer: The Dallas Cowboys shock the football world by beating the Atlanta Falcons 17-14 in a defensive struggle.

Todd Toombs, Senior Writer: Maybe I’m just losing touch with reality, but I actually feel like the Cowboys have a good shot at winning this game.  Their play has been improving and without digging themselves a deep hole in the first quarter last week should have beaten the Giants handily.  I don’t think the Falcons will be able to hurt us through the air as much as they have against other teams.  We held Eli to less than 200 yards passing and no touchdowns last week and Matt Ryan is not Eli Manning.  The inevitable question every week is what Tony Romo and what offensive game plan shows up.  Can we muster any kind of a running game?  The Falcons have a good defense but there are weaknesses that can be exploited.  Hope springs eternal: Cowboys 27, Falcons 20.

Reid Hanson, Staff Writer: The Falcons are the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL. Ranked at #1 in ESPN’s latest Power Rankings they are well regarded across the league. For those reasons the Cowboys will win. That’s right, the Cowboys have been brutally inconsistent this year, at times looking like they can beat anyone and at other times looking like they can lose to anyone. Jason Witten and Tony Gonzales will each have big days as both teams’ strengths are in their cornerbacks. Expect the check down pass and running game to also show major improvement on offense while the defense keeps the Falcons from getting too far off the ground. Final Score Dallas:24, Atlanta:23.

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