NFL betting enthusiasts who backed Dallas as -5′ home favorite were rewarded with a pointspread victory. The Cowboys evened their mark against the NFL pointspread at 3-3, while Atlanta slipped to 4-2 against the number.
In his postgame comments to the media, Romo gave props to the undrafted Austin for making the best of his opportunity:
“He’s definitely a big part of this offense. I’m glad to see all his hard work and effort is paying off.”
Dallas owner Jerry Jones commended Romo on his big game:
“I think that you’ve got a wiser and you’ve got a more experienced Tony Romo than of old, and I think you see he’s still got some of that instinctive thing that he can make plays and make winning plays.”
The Cowboys’ defense pestered the Falcons’ Matt Ryan into two interceptions, and 34 year old Keith Brooking was a big part of that. Based on his comments after the game, there may be some ‘sour grapes’ after he was cut loose by the Falcons after 11 seasons in an Atlanta uniform:
“The last thing I was told by one of the coaches is this is a young man’s game. I guess an old man can still play in this league.”
Patrick Crayton returned a punt for a touchdown and caught a Romo pass for another. Cowboys’ coach Wade Phillips had this praise for him:
“Crayton is the kind of guy you want on your football team. He’s going to make plays when he has opportunities.”
Losing quarterback Matt Ryan had little to say about the defeat:
“It’s frustrating because we feel we can play better.”
Atlanta has a difficult road challenge ahead as they travel south to face the red hot New Orleans Saints next Monday night. The Falcons have been installed as +10 road underdogs with the total set at 54. They’ll host the struggling Washington Redskins the following Sunday before traveling to Charlotte, NC to face the Carolina Panthers on November 15. Dallas will host the Seattle Seahawks this weekend, with the Cowboys a -9′ home favorite and the total set at 45.