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On Deck: Atlanta Falcons



    On Deck: Atlanta Falcons
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    Craig Dahl of the New York Giants fails to stop a fourth quarter touchdown reception by Leonard Hankerson of the Atlanta Falcons on September 20, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Falcons defeated the Giants 24-20.

    On Deck will be here all season to provide you with everything you need to know (and a few things you don't) about every Cowboys game during the 2015 season.

    The Opponent: The Falcons used a late comeback to beat the Giants on the road on Sunday, improving to 2-0 by way of beating the same two teams the Cowboys have beaten over the past two weeks — the Giants and Eagles. They have a stellar quarterback-receiver duo in Matt Ryan and Julio Jones but lost their rookie running back Tevin Coleman to a rib injury that has his status in jeopardy for Sunday.

    Past Meetings: The Cowboys hold a 16-9 advantage in the all-time series, including a 2-0 mark in postseason matchups. The Falcons won the last game between the two back in 2012.

    Who's Hot: If the season was two games long, Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee would most likely win NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors as well as Defensive Player of the Year. He's been an absolute animal in the Cowboys' two wins with north of 20 tackles and a key interception late in Sunday's win over Philadelphia that prevented a touchdown. Brandon Weeden, who relieved the injured Romo, went 7-for-7 for 73 yards and a touchdown — the Cowboys' only offensive touchdown of the day in Philly.

    Matt Ryan to Julio Jones — something we've seen a whole lot of over the first two weeks. On Sunday in New York, Ryan threw for 363 yards and Jones had 13 catches for 135 yards. Former Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant, who bolted for a big deal with Atlanta this offseason, had 10 tackles in the win over the Giants.

    Who's Not: After racking up over 200 total yards between them in Week 1, the Cowboys' running back trio of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar managed 90 yards rushing on 29 carries (less than 3 yards per carry) and 80 yards receiving on six catches, showing Week 1 could've been a bit of fool's gold against what appears to be an awful Giants defense.

    The Falcons' running game struggled against that aforementioned joke of a defense in New York, as the "good" back Coleman had 9 carries for 32 yards and a score before leaving with a rib injury. He gave way to Devonta Freeman, who averaged 2.1 yards per carry on his 12 attempts.