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The Cowboys play the Falcons in the Sunday night game. Here are some articles of interest to Dallas fans to read before kickoff.


It's a big game for the Dallas Cowboys as they play the undefeated Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night. To get you ready for the action, here are some articles of interest about the game.

The weather is of course a non-factor, with the game being played in the Georgia Dome, but it should be a nice evening if any of you are going to be planning on tailgating, with temperatures falling from about 70 during the evening. Oh, by the way, did you remember to set your clocks back?

Dallas Cowboys' Rob Ryan says Atlanta Falcons will lose -

"I know the record is not what we want it to be, but the ball is bouncing strange ways," he said. "When that thing starts evening out, we're going to be great, and we're going to keep playing. We've got to win this week, and we know it, and we're going to."

Well, he ain't shy about it.

Report: Dez violates his curfew - Pro Football Talk

Given that the Cowboys insisted that they didn't impose the rules on Bryant and that he imposed them on himself, it'll be interesting to see what happens next.

Anybody else a little confused? Well, so was I, until I found a more detailed explanation:

Dez Bryant stays out past midnight - ESPN Dallas

One of the conditions he must abide by is to be home by midnight, unless it's been pre-approved by (adviser David) Wells or the team.

Wells confirmed he approved for Bryant to hang out at a nightclub to celebrate his birthday, which is Nov. 4.

Happy Birthday, Dez.

Jason Witten says Cowboys face 'tremendous urgency - USA Today

Actually a good interview with Witten, and some good remarks about what he means to the Cowboys from Jason Garrett. Witten talks about the infamous spleen, going off against the Giants, and more.

Do you sense (Jerry Jones') patience is wearing thin?

There's no question there's a tremendous amount of urgency. But that's good when you have that type of urgency. It flows downhill and guys need that.

Opposing Voice: Falcons TE Tony Gonzales - ESPN Dallas

He talks about probably not coming back next year, which means he wouldn't taking a shot at breaking Jerry Rice's NFL record for career receptions.

While he has a ton of individual accolades, he has yet to experience a playoff win, which is what has kept him coming back in recent years but might not be enough to bring him back in 2013.

"If I don't win a playoff game it doesn't take away from my career as far as I'm concerned because the thing about football is this is not tennis, this is not golf," Gonzalez said. "It's a total team sport."

Matchup to watch: Cowboys LT Tyron Smith vs. Falcons DE John Abraham - Dallas Morning News

Edge: Smith

'nuff said.

A look at how the Cowboys and Falcons match up - Dallas Morning News

Short summary: Cowboys have advantage when either team runs, Falcons otherwise.

Quarterback questions: Tony Romo, Matt Ryan have different issues - Los Angeles Times

In addition to the issues Tony Romo faces, it also talks about the one area Matt Ryan has not excelled in.

But the fact remains that Ryan has yet to win in the postseason, losing first-round games to Arizona in the 2008 season, Green Bay in 2010, and the New York Giants last season.

A look at the keys to victory for the Cowboys in their game against Atlanta - Dallas Morning News

Biggest one I see: Limit the mistakes.

In many ways, the Cowboys have been their own worst enemy. They have committed 11 more turnovers than they have forced. They have also been hit with 54 penalties - the fifth-highest total in the NFL. The Cowboys can't afford to commit these types of mistakes against Atlanta, one of the most disciplined teams in the league. No club has been flagged fewer times than the Falcons this season, and Atlanta has a plus-10 turnover differential.

Lineup Twist to watch: New inside linebacker will start alongside Cowboys' Bruce Carter for third consecutive game - Dallas Morning News

Ernie Sims, this is your chance to shine.

A Cowboys win could benefit Falcons - ESPN Dallas

The Dallas Cowboys have a chance to knock the Atlanta Falcons from the ranks of the undefeated, and if history is any indication, the Falcons' first loss could be beneficial to them in the end. Since 1991, the Cowboys are 3-0 against teams that are 7-0 or better. Moreover, each of those three teams that the Cowboys defeated went on to win the Super Bowl that season.

Hey, I'm sure the 'boys will be glad to help. Writers Share Their Game 8 Gut Feeling

I hate to say it, but I'm probably with Nick Eatman on this:

I really don't know what to expect this week.

Cowboys hope to draw from 2009 upset of Saints - Shreveport Times

"(Tonight) will have a similar feel in the sense you know you're going against a great opponent who does a lot of things well, creates a lot of problems," Dallas quarterback Tony Romo said. "You can draw on, ‘What did you do as a team and individually to beat that opponent that day? What were some of the things you were successful with, the approach or certain fundamental thought that gave you a chance?'"

Whatever works. Just get the W.

Witten on threshold of becoming No. 1 Cowboy in receptions - San Luis Obispo Tribune

He needs four catches to pass Michael Irvin.

Witten, who fittingly caught his first pass against the Falcons as a rookie, will be focused primarily on helping the Cowboys (3-4) win the game and save their season. But he can't help but be awed by the moment.

Go, Senator.

Cowboys Gameday: Five things to watch for vs. Falcons - San Antonio Express

Dont' like this one:

2. More Romo interceptions: With DeMarco Murray out with a foot injury and Felix Jones nursing a bruised knee, the Cowboys are unlikely to ask youngsters Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar to shoulder heavy loads today. That's too bad for Dallas because Falcons linebacker and leading tackler Sean Witherspoon is out with a sprained ankle, a blow to a unit that's near the bottom of the league in rush defense.

The problem here is that Atlanta cornerbacks Dunta Robinson and Asante Samuel are thriving in defensive coordinator Mike Nolan's scheme, a big reason the Falcons are 10th in the league against the pass.

Claiborne, Carter youngsters on the rise for Cowboys - San Antonio Express

Even the good comes with a dark cloud surrounding it.

While clouds hang over the heads of youngsters plagued by either injuries (DeMarco Murray, Sean Lee), legal/family issues (Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith) or mistake-riddled play (Bryant), life for Claiborne and Carter just keeps getting better.

Cowboys-Falsons scouting report - San Antonio Express

The Cowboys have their fingers crossed that quarterback Tony Romo will have another sterling November.

Since becoming a starter in 2006, Romo has gone 19-2 in November games. His only losses in the month occurred against Washington in 2006 and against Green Bay in 2009.

Pretty please. With sugar on top.