The Dallas Cowboys are coming off their third straight win and look to take on the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons. Two teams on opposite sides of the spectrum. The Falcons have lost four of their last five games.
These five players should be watched closely on Sunday.
- Prescott is playing his best football in his young career. In 24 career games Dak has scored a combined 49 touchdowns with 39 coming through the air. Over the last five games, Prescott has been responsible for 14 touchdowns.
- This will be the first game (not including week 17 last year) that Prescott will be playing without Ezekiel Elliott. The second year quarterback looks to take advantage of a defense who has given up seven touchdowns from opposing quarterbacks the last four games.
Dak Prescott's 48.9% completion rate when throwing into tight windows (< 1 yard of separation) leads all QBs this season #NextGenStats— Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) November 8, 2017
- The Cowboys haven’t seen much of their second-round draft pick Awuzie. Chidobe has been nursing a hamstring issue for a month. He last practiced on October 6th until returning to the practice field on November 8th.
- With the struggles from Anthony Brown this season, should he be deemed fit to play, Awuzie could bring a much-needed boost to the position group. Awuzie has only appeared in three games this season. In those early games, Chidobe has recorded six tackles.
- When the Cowboys needed a big play from the receivers against the Chiefs last Sunday, Williams was there to make that play. He caught all nine passes thrown his way for 141 yards. He is at his best with yards after the catch. With the possibility of Dez Bryant missing time due to injury, Williams will need more of those plays for the Cowboys Sunday.
- In Williams’ only game against Atlanta (2015), he was targeted twice by Brandon Weeden with no receptions. This go around, T-Will has a franchise quarterback to catch passes from and not a journeyman quarterback trying to fill in.
- It seems that Irving makes this list almost every week. Since his return, Irving has creating havoc in the backfield with six sacks in four games. Should Dallas continue their winning ways, Irving will need to be a reason why.
- Irving has recorded multiple sacks in two of the four games he has been active. In each game the former Iowa State Cyclone has recorded at least one sack.
Running Back Trio
- Alfred Morris in all likeliness should get the first shot as the starting running back now that Ezekiel Elliott is officially suspended (we think at least). Morris has shown a few splash plays in his limited opportunities.
- Darren McFadden is healthy. He hasn’t been active this season as DMC has waited for his opportunity to suit up for a game. In two career games against Atlanta, McFadden has carried the ball 33 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
- Rod Smith is the wild card in all of this. The former Buckeye has also shown flashes. Smith has the power, speed and ability to make plays in the passing game that can help ease the burden left by Elliott due to his suspension.
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