Dallas Cowboys: Atlanta Falcons domination was a statement

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The Dallas Cowboys came into Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons with one mission and purpose on their minds… domination. They jumped right on the Falcons from the opening kickoff and never took their feet off the gas. Scoring a touchdown on their opening drive, to which Atlanta responded with a field goal, that would be the Falcons’ only score, and all while the Cowboys continue to make the scoreboard light up like a pinball machine.

They were on their game on Sunday and having the Atlanta Falcons on the other side just made it all look that much better. Dan Quinn, certainly, had to be all teeth and grin up in the booth, having the chance to face and demolish his former team like that.

Even without the services of two top-four defenders on this Cowboys defense, Tank Lawrence and Randy Gregory, they were still able to get some things done. They got to the Falcons signal-caller twice for sacks, while they also forced three interceptions, having all three main Dallas defensive backs finishing with interceptions.

When Diggs, Lewis, and Brown all come away with picks, it was a good day for the defense. It was even a good day for the special teams, blocking a punt that immediately became a touchdown.

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That saw the score go up to 36-3 and that was just to end the first half. The offense had done a great deal of their jobs, at that point and would tack on a bit, but the game was already, pretty much, over.

After last week’s debacle, Dak Prescott would come out and remind everyone why he is the guy the Cowboys paid the money to. He was supposed to do that and especially this week, as you expected a bounce back.

He wasn’t too overly electric, but he was flawless, precise, calm, and everything that he wasn’t last week. He even ran one in to show you that he’s still willing to do whatever it takes and that he’s all in.

He would finish with three touchdowns, one rushing and two passing, for 296 yards through the air and no interceptions. Ezekiel Elliott (14 attempts for 41 yards, three catches for 15) and Tony Pollard (11 attempts for 42 yards, six catches for 56) would see similar workloads and production.

While Pollard would outpace him as a receiver, it still made for a pretty well-balanced game everywhere. This is what you needed to see, as mentioned, this was the next game after a horrible loss and it meant ”everything” because of that.

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They’ll face a very peculiar Kansas City team next week that has struggled, but still has that personnel and coach, so you stay wary of a potential explosion. This was a good way to go into that one though. The Dallas Cowboys will be ready, especially if this Falcons domination is any indication of their mentality.