For the Falcons, we already knew the big names from earlier this week with Kendall Sheffield already ruled out. The good news is Jake Matthews is good to go, but that was expected.
Good news for Falcons fans, starting left tackle Jake Matthews will be available for Atlanta today against Dallas.— William McFadden (@willmcfadden) September 20, 2020
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There are two disappointing names on the inactives: Marlon Davidson has yet to make his NFL debut. We definitely want to see how the defense will look with the second-round tackle. Qadree Ollison remains a healthy scratch. He has no role on this offense without some injuries.
Via FOX NFL Sunday, Pam Oliver just updated that LT Tyron Smith is officially out today vs. the Falcons. Big loss for Dallas.— Brianna Dix (@DixBrianna) September 20, 2020
Smith’s injury exacerbates an even bigger problem for Dallas. Their starting RT La’el Collins and backup OT Cam Irving are also out, with UDFA Terence Steele expected to start at right tackle. This line looks nothing like it did a few years ago, especially in light of Travis Frederick retiring in the offseason.
This line should be a mess, making things easier for a pass rush that shined through the early part of last Sunday’s game. Dak Prescott has some foot speed, but he can’t evade pressure like Russell Wilson. That should make things easy for the Falcons defense, who can keep up the pressure and force Dallas to rely on the run game.