The Falcons travel to Dallas this weekend, looking to knock off the 0-1 Cowboys before things get too out of hand. If a resurgence was the goal before, it’s a fleeting, likely unobtainable reality now, or at least that’s what I tell myself while sobbing hysterically in the shower. Seriously though, even if the Falcons manage to beat the Cowboys, real questions about this team’s potential as a contender will remain. We will not be fooled again.
Without further ado, the odds!
As of Tuesday night, Draftkings Sportsbook had the Falcons tabbed as 4 point underdogs and the over/under at 53. The Falcons were bigger underdogs (7 point underdogs as of Sunday night) and the over/under was 50 earlier in the week, for what that’s worth.
Big fan of good news? Then it’s worth noting that in their last 6 games as underdogs, the Falcons are 5-1 against the spread. But if you prefer the bad news, check this out: The Falcons went 9-17 against the spread in road games over the last 3 seasons.
Both of these teams have dynamic offenses, but if there’s a personnel specific consideration that’s undoubtedly affecting the odds, it’s injuries. While the Falcons come into this weekend’s game close to 100 percent, the Cowboys are dealing with injuries to Leighton Vander Esch, La’el Collins, Blake Jarwin, and Cam Erving.
If you ask me, this makes sense. Even if the Falcons are healthier than the Cowboys right now, the Falcons are mess trying desperately to resemble a competent football team. If the secondary can’t diagnose and fix what’s ailing them quickly, Dak Prescott will feast, just like Russell Wilson did.
Your thoughts, Falcoholics?