Originally posted on Grits Blitz  |  Last updated 11/5/12
It sounds like a broken record, but the Atlanta Falcons found a way to win on Sunday despite not playing their best football. Don't get me wrong, the Falcons weren't horrible but the offense had trouble executing on the Cowboys side of the 50 which resulted in six field goal attempts, two of which were no good. The Falcons had a lot of opportunities to score in this game and despite not taking advantage of all of them, they remain undefeated. This game was an example of the Falcons doing just enough to win and making plays when they needed to in order to secure the victory. They got off to a slow start but overall the offense had a nice game. Matt Ryan threw for 342 yards with no turnovers, Julio and Roddy combined for 247 yards receiving, Michael Turner had over 100 yards rushing and Jacquizz faked a couple of Cowboys defenders out of their jock straps en route to 53 yards receiving and a couple of big plays down the stretch. On defense, the pass rush wasn't there but the Falcons held the Cowboys to just 65 yards rushing and just 3 for 10 on 3rd down. Mike Nolan went exotic on more than one occasion as he used three defensive tackles to stop the run, ran Akeem Dent back into safety formation on multiple plays and pulled out a crazy Umbrella defense late in the game to take away the sideline routes from the Cowboys as they tried a last second comeback. It wasn't a game where anybody really stuck out as being the star. Several players had "nice" games on offense like the previously mentioned Ryan, Jones, White, Turner and Jacquizz. On defense it was just a good solid effort by everybody. With Sean Weatherspoon out with an injury, Stephen Nicholas was all over the field and Akeem Dent improved a lot from his previous performance against Oakland. It's the type of game the Falcons have become used to winning this year. The Cowboys 3-5 record doesn't look good but they aren't a bad team and the Falcons came in and gave another workman like effort. Not everything in the playbook worked for the Falcons, but they did the right things at the right time and remain the only undefeated team in the NFL at 8-0.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Who should perform at Super Bowl 51?
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Chargers release statement on Joey Bosa situation

Yoenis Cespedes says he will not opt out of Mets contract

Zach Johnson unloads on Olympic golf

Drew Brees says players do not trust league office, Goodell

Lawsuit over Hall of Fame Game refiled after McAfee comments

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Griffin plans to re-sign with Clippers, won't be traded

Report: Wentz unlikely to see any playing time this season

Minnesota Wild names Prince’s ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ official goal song

Gabby Douglas joining judges for Miss America pageant

Recruit decommits from Michigan after mail mistake

Dez Bryant reportedly suffers concussion at practice

Hard not to be cynical about LeBron's 'Cleveland Hustles'

Familiar faces that won't be seen in the NFL this year

24 quintessential moments of Kobe Bryant's career

Ranking the uniforms of the NFL from worst to best

Revisiting the 10 biggest mistakes of the NFL offseason

One Gotta Go: NFL legends (and Jose Canseco!) have no love for Captain America

Four WNBA teams to pay attention to post-Olympic break

Madden 17 shows how vital a fresh coat of paint can be

Why people just can't get behind the Washington Nationals

Washington's Josh Norman speaks candidly about multiple NFL talking points

Derrick Rose: Knicks have chance to win every game

Ranking the MLB divisional races

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Hard not to be cynical about LeBron James' 'Cleveland Hustles'

Ranking the uniforms of the NFL from worst to best

Familiar faces that won't be seen in the NFL this year

24 quintessential moments of Kobe Bryant's career

One Gotta Go: NFL legends (and Jose Canseco!) have no love for Captain America

Four WNBA teams to pay attention to post-Olympic break

Madden 17 shows how vital a fresh coat of paint can be

Why people just can't get behind the Washington Nationals

QUIZ: Name every player to win a championship with Kobe Bryant

Inside the Pokemon World Championships, where masters are born

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker