The Jerry Jones vs. Arthur Blank dispute was impossible to ignore during the Falcons-Cowboys game

ATLANTA –- The chill outside of magnificent Mercedes-Benz Stadium matched the icy pre- and post-game postures of owners Jerry Jones and Arthur Blank.

This CowboysFalcons clash was a backdrop to a confirmed conflict between two owners once cozy but now split. Two owners at odds on if commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract should be extended and whether Goodell should even remain commissioner at all.

Jones, the Dallas owner, supports consideration on both counts.

Blank, the Falcons owner, does not. He chairs the ownership committee dealing with Goodell’s contract. He is ready to move forward with Goodell.

But Jones has thrown a haymaker into all of that just like the one Blank’s team tossed at the Cowboys here on Sunday. It was a 27-7 assault led by Falcons’ defensive end Adrian Clayborn’s fanchise-record six sacks.

Both teams are 5-4.

But both could not exhibit more divergent ownership.

Jones and Blank kept their distance on the field prior to kickoff. They never met. Not a handshake. Not a hello.

“No,” Jones answered later when asked if it was common for NFL owners to avoid each other in such a manner, let alone fail to even manage saying hello. “That’s rare,” Jones added.

So, I visited with Blank as he was leaving the stadium. We talked pleasantly about the spectacular gaudiness

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