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Cowboys Vs. Falcons: Mike Smith says mistakes made, but good effort

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

Scott Cunningham

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith said his team made some mistakes against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, but he was happy with his team's effort:

"Winning in the NFL is a week-to-week proposition. You have heard me say it many times. What happened in last week's game can have no bearing on what's going to happen in the next ball game and I thought our guys really had a hard-fought football game against a very good football team. It was an electric atmosphere for the entire 60 minutes. I like the way our team played tonight in all three phases. We made a lot of mistakes but they are all correctable and we'll get on those corrections tomorrow. But I like the effort that we had."

Atlanta used an improved running game to beat the Cowboys, 19-13. The win pushed the Falcons' record to 8-0. Atlanta is the only undefeated team in the NFL.

For once, it wasn't the air attack that led Atlanta. Michael Turner broke out with 102 rushing yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

Despite not throwing a touchdown, Matt Ryan was still strong in Atlanta's win. Ryan completed 24-of-34 passes for 342 yards.

Julio Jones and Roddy White were the favorite targets of Ryan on Sunday night. Jones caught five passes for 129 yards, while White had seven catches for 118 yards.

Atlanta will try to become 9-0 next weekend on the road against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints enter the game with a 2-5 record.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.