The Atlanta Falcons are one of just two remaining undefeated teams in the NFL (Houston Texans are the other other) and this week they look to stay that way as they travel to FedEx Field to take on the resurgent Washington Redskins. The Falcons (4-0) have looked dominant on both sides of the football while the Redskins offense has been high powered but their defense has been exposed frequently.
Atlanta is currently ranked 11th in the NFL in passing yards gained per game (267.5), eighth in passing yards allowed per game (207), third in points scored per game (31) and ninth in points allowed per game (19). Matt Ryan will attempt to torch a Washington secondary similar to how has done to the four other secondaries that he has faced this season. So far this year Ryan has completed 102 of his 147 attempts for 1,162 yards, 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Matty Ice has hooked up with Tony Gonzalez (26 receptions for 265 yards and 3 TD) and Roddy White (27 receptions for 413 yards and 3 TD) to move the ball down field and in the endzone.
Robert Griffin III has the Washington offense clicking on all cylinders as they currently rank third in the league in offensive yards per game (421.8), second in rushing yards per game (171) and fourth in points scored per game (30.8). RG3 is having a stellar rookie season both passing and running the football; 86-124 for 1,070 passing yards, four touchdowns and one interception plus 234 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 41 carries. Running back Alfred Morris has been exceptional for the Skins rushing for 376 yards and two touchdowns on 82 carries and if he and RG3 can continue what they have been doing all season then they have a great chance at knocking off Atlanta.
If Atlanta wants to remain unbeaten they are going need a tremendous game out of John Abraham (leads team in sacks with three) and the rest of their pass rushers trying to keep RG3 at bay and from wrecking havoc in both the pass and run game. If Washington wants to pull off of the upset then they will need their defense to finally step up and play their best game of the season; if they can contain Ryan and Michael Turner then they should be able to win.
I think this is the week where the Falcons lose their first game of the year. They got lucky last week versus the Carolina Panthers at home but this week their luck will run out. I’ll take Washington 31-27.