Atlanta’s offense moved the ball well against a good Dallas defense, gaining 336 total yards and blending together a nice mix of run and pass. Most importantly, however, the Falcons (5-4) executed in the two key areas they’ve worked at in practice.
“We’ve worked hard at third down and red zone,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “We’ve still got work to do, but I was pleased to see some of that work come through today, especially offensively.”
The Falcons were 7-of-13 on third downs against the Cowboys (5-4), a conversion rate of 54 percent. That number is slightly misleading, though, because Atlanta wasn’t as aggressive on third downs with a lead in the fourth quarter. Through the first three quarters, the Falcons converted 70 percent of their third-down opportunities.
In the red zone, Atlanta’s progress has been apparent. Since a tough outing inside of the 20-yard line against the Jets, the Falcons have gone a combined 5-of-6 over the last two weeks against the Panthers and the Cowboys. On Sunday, Atlanta scored touchdowns on three of its four trips inside the red zone.
“I thought we just executed better than we have all year,” Falcons quarterback
Despite losing running back
It was a promising performance to start the second half of the season, which includes five remaining divisional games and matchups with the Seahawks (6-3) and Vikings (7-2)….