Cowboys fear Falcons’ potent passing attack

The Atlanta Falcons added running back Todd Gurley in the offseason, but Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said the focus heading into their Sunday game in Arlington, Texas, is on slowing down the Falcons’ passing game.In a Week 1 loss to Seattle, Matt Ryan threw for 450 yards, with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley combining for 287 receiving yards. Atlanta had three receivers over 100 yards.McCarthy said the focus will be on containing Jones and Ridley.”Their ability to make big plays is all over the tape — last year and obviously the Seattle game,” McCarthy said. “They push the ball up top. It’s a complete opposite challenge than we just faced this last week with the Rams.”Barring a tie, one team will reach a milestone it hasn’t reached in quite awhile.Neither team has started 0-2 for at least a decade. The Cowboys haven’t lost their first two games since 2010, the season Jason Garrett replaced Wade Phillips as head coach following a 1-7 start. Garrett coached the Cowboys until this offseason, when McCarthy replaced him.The Falcons haven’t started 0-2 since 2007.Sunday’s game could be important for Dan Quinn’s future with the Falcons, who have sputtered out of the gate in each of the last two seasons en route to back-to-back 7-9 campaigns.Last week, the Falcons struggled to contain Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and defensive coordinator Raheem Morris said Wednesday he went into the game focusing on clowning Seattle’s run game instead of worrying much about Wilson.With Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield and Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb at receiver for the Cowboys, Morris strives to find a better balance this week.”When Zeke gets the ball in space, he’s a problem. When all these receivers get the ball in space, they’re a problem,” Morris said. “You’ve got to limit space, get some tackles and get some population to the ball.”The Cowboys suffered a spate of long-term injuries in their opening loss. Tight end Blake Jarwin is out for the season after tearing his ACL while inside linebacker Leighton Vander Esch fractured his collarbone and backup offensive tackle Cam Erving sprained an MCL.

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