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Cowboys vs. Falcons, Week 9: Atlanta stays undefeated behind Turner, Bryant

The Atlanta Falcons remained the NFL's lone undefeated team by topping the Cowboys, 19-13, on Sunday night.

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Falcons sit atop power rankings

A perfect 8-0 start has the Atlanta Falcons sitting alone atop all the major power rankings throughout the world wide web.


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Garrett Reynolds was placed on injured reserve today, ending the 25-year-old offensive lineman's season.


Asante Samuel says Falcons playing like champions

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Michael Turner jump starts Atlanta offense

The Atlanta Falcons' had run the ball effectively against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night until Michael Turner broke for a 43-yard run in the third quarter.


Rushing attack, o-line big in win

The offensive line and rushing attack was big in the Falcons' win over the Cowboys on Sunday night.


Smith: Mistakes made, but effort was good

The Falcons' coach was happy with his team against Dallas on Sunday night.


Falcons fans can't complain about 8-0

Atlanta Falcons fans do not have much to complain about after the Falcons moved to 8-0 with a Sunday night win over the Dallas Cowboys.


8-0 Falcons Building Something Great in 2012

The Falcons improved to 8-0 following a close, tough win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. Fans know this team is for real, but will Atlanta finally command respect among fellow teams and the media? Can they stay undefeated going forward?


Falcons top Cowboys, 19-13, remain undefeated

Michael Turner's rushing touchdown and Matt Bryant's four field goals helped the Falcons outlast the Cowboys, 19-13.


Roddy White sets Falcons receiving record

Star wide receiver Roddy White set the Atlanta Falcons franchise receiving mark on Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys


Michael Turner burns 'Boys, puts Atlanta up 13-6

The Sunday Night stalemate has potentially ended in Atlanta after Michael Turner led the Falcons offense to their first touchdown of the game with a three-yard rush across the goal line.

Even more impressive, however, was the run that set up that touchdown. On first and ten from the Atlanta 35, Turner took a hand-off in the backfield and turned that into a game-breaking 43 yard dash down the sideline.

The Cowboys also began the second half with a respectable ground game, including runs of 15 yards and 18 yards by Felix Jones and Lance Dunbar respectively.

But an incomplete pass to Miles Austin followed by a combined Jonathan Babineaux / John Abraham sack effectively ended Dallas' scoring aspirations on their first possession, and the following drive proved no more fruitful for Tony Romo's offense.

The ensuing possession began with promise for the Falcons as well, with Matt Ryan completing four of his six passes for 66 yards, including two to Roddy White for 46 yards.

Matt Bryant continues his kicking struggling, missing his second field goal attempt of the night after not missing a kick all year.

But at this point, fans and players alike have to be thankful that Atlanta's running game finally showed up. Perhaps rookie Peter Konz, who is making his second start of the season, has made more of an impact than pundits realize.


Falcons' Peria Jerry out with knee injury

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry has suffered a knee injury in the Falcons' Sunday night meeting with the Dallas Cowboys and will not return to action against Dallas.

According to the Falcons' official team Twitter account, Jerry, was replaced in the game by Corey Peters, and was ruled out for the game, according to CBS Sports.

The three-year NFL veteran out of Ole Miss has recorded six tackles in 2012, four of which were unassisted. Jerry has also recorded a stuff on the season.

In the Cowboys' game against the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend, Jerry was held without a tackle, but had recorded a tackle in each of the four games before that, including two tackles against the Oakland Raiders.

For his career, Jerry has recorded 26 tackles and forced a fumble. He has also recorded two sacks for his career, although he has yet to collect one this season.

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Falcons still stuck in a Sunday Night deadlock

The Falcons managed to miraculously march down the field and put up three points in the waning minutes of the first half, but that doesn't erase the rough first half Atlanta fans have had to endure.

Matt Ryan is a respectable 10-for-15 passing the ball, with 128 yards and no turnovers, but the real disappointment has come on the ground. Michael Turner has managed only 18 yards on eight carries, and Jacquizz Rodgers has negative three yards on two rushes.

Despite the complete lack of offensive production, the Falcons defense has managed decent success, including two-near interceptions of opposing QB Tony Romo. But one was called back due to penalty, and the other one was dropped by Asante Samuel.

Thus, we have the current stalemate. Julio Jones and Roddy White have three catches apiece for a combined 111 yards receiving, but the trouble has again come in the red zone against an underrated Cowboys defense.

Combine the lack of a run game with consistent pressure on Ryan from the likes on Demarcus Ware and Bruce Carter, and you have a disappointing six point performance.

Dirk Koetter will certainly look to make offensive adjustments going forward.


Falcons off to sluggish start against the 'Boys

The Falcons come into this prime-time, Sunday Night matchup against the Cowboys with something to prove. But so far, the still-undefeated home team has looked less than perfect against a struggling Dallas squad.

After the Atlanta offense went three-and-out on the opening drive of the contest, Cowboys returner Dwayne Harris took a punt back 37 yards deep into Falcons territory.

Tony Romo would drive the Dallas offense down to the Atlanta five-yard line, but overthrew a covered receiver in the end zone on third-and-goal. That mistake would force the Cowboys to settle for a 23-yard Dan Bailey field goal.

On the next drive, Matt Ryan would hit Julio Jones on a monster throw deep down the sideline over first-round pick Morris Claiborne. After an offsides penalty and a 10-yard completion to Roddy White, the Falcons would attempt a field goal from 37 yards out.

Matt Bryant would miss the kick, his first of the entire season, and Atlanta remained down 3-0.

On the ensuing possession, Romo would avoid pressure and hook up with receiver Kevin Ogeltree on a 65-yard completion, again putting the offense at work close to the Atlanta end zone.

But once again, the Falcons defense stood firm in the red zone, and Dallas again settled for a field goal, giving them a 6-0 advantage as the first quarter ended.

After the Falcons offense finally got a drive going in the first quarter's waning moments, a Matt Bryant field goal early in the second quarter would cut that lead to 6-3.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta for more updates to come.


Sean Weatherspoon out for Sunday's game

The Atlanta Falcons will be without linebacker Sean Weatherspoon when they host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. Weatherspoon suffered a high ankle sprain in the fourth quarter of last week's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Also on the inactive list for the Falcons: quarterback Dominique Davis, wide receiver Kevin Cone, offensive guard Garrett Reynolds, offensive tackle Lamar Holmes, defensive tackle Travian Robertson and defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi.

Here's the list of inactive players for the Cowboys: center Phil Costa, linebacker Dan Connor, running back DeMarco Murray, free safety Matt Johnson, defensive end Sean Lissemore, free safety Charlie Peprah and wide receiver Andre Holmes.

The Cowboys' running game is without its starting center and running back with Costa and Murray being out. This means Dallas will have to explore its depth on the offensive line, as well as trust Felix Jones with the ball carrying duties.

The Falcons are 7-0, remaining as the league's only undefeated team going into the game. The Cowboys are 3-4.

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Bryant likely to play vs. Falcons

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant suffered a hip injury during Dallas' loss to the New York Giants last week, but he should be able to play Sunday night against the Atlanta Falcons.


Cowboys' Dez Bryant a gametime decision v. Falcons

The status of WR Dez Bryant's hip is giving the Cowboys fits. As it stands now, Bryant is a game-time decision for Sunday night's game against the Falcons.

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