While the Atlanta Falcons may have one of the very best offenses in the NFL, their defense needs to improve dramatically if they want to hold off the Green Bay Packers this Sunday at the Georgia Dome, a games that's live on Fox. At the time of writing, the Falcons are holding as a 3-point favorite and the total stands at 53 on the game.
The Atlanta Falcons are the only winning team in the NFC South as we head into Week 8 of the season, with Pro Bowlers Matt Ryan at quarterback and Devonta Freeman at running back. Ryan leads the NFL with a huge 2,348 passing yards at 14.2 yards per completion and Freeman has rushed for 4.8 yards a carry and already has a total of 26 catches this season. Atlanta however is also second-worst in the league with 2,060 passing yards allowed, driving the OVER to a 6-1 record after their seven games.
This is great news for Green Bay Packers and especially for QB Aaron Rodgers, who has struggled at times this year. The Packers are also happy with how well Ty Montgomery filled in at running back last week for the injured Lacy and James Starks, picking up 60 yards on nine carries against the Bears.
With Tony Romo not healthy enough to practice, the Cowboys are expected to start with Dak Prescott at quarterback when they host the Philadelphia Eagles) in the Sunday Night game. Kick-off is 8:30 PM ET and the game is live on NBC and at the time of writing the Cowboys are 4.5 points favorites with the total set at 43.5 for the game.
As long as Prescott continues to play well, the Cowboys have every reason to be cautious with returning Romo from a fractured spine injury and another week will put him well on the way to recovery. The fourth-round pick from Mississippi State has outperformed just about every other QB in the league, including Sundays opposite number, fellow hotshot rookie Carson Wentz.
The Cowboys are also coming off a bye in Week 7, while Wentz and the Eagles were busy beating the Minnesota Vikings 21-10 as 3-point home dogs on the closing line. That game saw Philadelphia CB Brooks suffer a torn tendon and he's been placed on injured reserve, leaving the Eagles considerably weaker in that slot and on special teams. The Cowboys, meanwhile, should have WR Dez Bryant back in action after he missed three games with a hairline fracture in his right knee.