Coming off of last week’s last second victory over the Carolina Panthers the Atlanta Falcons prepare to travel to Washington, D.C. to take on the Redskins. Washington’s 2-2 record belies the fact that Washington’s offense has been explosive, scoring more than 30 points per game so far this season. This explosive offense is very balanced as well. Robert Griffin III has led the team to 250.8 yards passing per game and 171 yards rushing per game. Last week the Falcons’ defense struggled to contain Carolina’s mobile quarterback, Cam Newton, and will face a very similar task on Sunday. Robert Griffin III is of the same mold and will cause issues for the Atlanta defense as the game goes along. Hopefully the Falcons have spent the past week studying game film from the Carolina game and identifying methods to slow Robert Griffin III down. If not, it’s going to be a long game for the defensive players as they chase Griffin up and down the field.
The Atlanta offense will face a challenge as well. The Redskins’ rush defense has been stout thus far, allowing only 89 yards per game. Their pass defense has not had the same success however, allowing opposing quarterbacks to gain 326.2 yards per game through the air. Hopefully Matt Ryan, Tony Gonzales, Roddy White, and Julio Jones can take advantage of this weakness to help open up the running game for Michael Turner. If the Falcons can strike through the air for a few scores they may be able to build a lead for themselves. I think we can expect a high scoring affair that will lead to a 35-28 victory for the Falcons.