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Rob Ryan: Dallas Cowboys will beat Atlanta Falcons

When Rob Ryan speaks, we listen. There's no telling what he might say.

This week, the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator predicted America's Team would hand the Atlanta Falcons their first loss. What else is he supposed to say?

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"We need to win now," Ryan told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Saturday. "That's what we're going to do. I know the record is not what we want it to be, but the ball is bouncing strange ways. 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."

Ryan's unit is ranked No. 4 in total defense, but haven't received much love due to the Cowboys' 3-4 record. The Cowboys haven't won consecutive games this season. No one cares how good your defense is when you're losing.

"You know me, I like credit," Ryan said. "Our guys, they deserve a ton of credit. Our players work their butts off. Our coaching staff, I'm fortunate and blessed to be around the best coaches. This is the best staff I've ever been on, and it's not close. So good things are going to happen to those that work hard. If we just keep working, we're going to get better.

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"Despite losing, we've lost some really good players, but our guys keep going. We've got a whole team in there, not just a few individuals. This is really coming together, and I know we're going to be special. I think we're going to be special this week. I really do. I think we're just starting to get that way, and I believe we're going to have a special game this week."

The 'Boys will have to be special to upset the Falcons in the Georgia Dome on Sunday. Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez are waiting.

Follow Kareem Copeland on Twitter @kareemcopeland.

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