TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Georgia Dome
Weather: High 45, Low 25
Line: Atlanta (-6)
Having one of the most disappointing seasons of any team in the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons keep on losing despite the mass amounts of talent on the team. Matt Ryan was expected to lead this team to a Super Bowl this season after finishing with the best record in the league with a 13-3 mark, but he has done nothing but lead a disappointing team to a pitiful 3-10 record. Ryan has passed for 3,677 yards and 21 touchdowns on the year while losing his favorite target in Julio Jones early in the year. Harry Douglas leads the receiving corps in his place, catching 68 passes for 926 yards and just two touchdowns. Steven Jackson was brought on to boost the run game, but his nagging injuries and inconsistent play has led the Falcons into having the third-worst run game in the league behind Jackson’s 410 yards and three touchdowns.
On the same note as the Falcons, the Washington Redskins have been easily the most disappointing team in the NFC. Everyone expected Robert Griffin III to contend for MVP awards even after his injury — although many people wanted him to sit for the first few games of the season to recover. However, RG3 is now taking a back seat in the starting lineup to Kirk Cousins for the remainder of the year despite his 3,203 yards and 16 passing touchdowns as well as his 489 rushing yards. Second-year QB Cousins will take over and he will rely on top wide out Pierre Garcon and tight end Jordan Reed to help him adjust. Garcon has 1,017 yards and three touchdowns while Reed has 499 yards and three touchdowns. Alfred Morris has rushed for 1,027 yards and six touchdowns on the year for the second-best rushing attack in the league.
Defensively, the Redskins have been one of the worst units in the league. Washington ranks last in points allowed per game while ranking 22nd in total yards allowed and they’re even worse on pass defense, ranking 27th. Atlanta has been just as bad on defense this season, ranking 29th in points allowed, 26th in total yards allowed and 30th in rushing yards allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Redskins 28, Falcons 27
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