Atlanta Falcons: Five keys to beat the Washington Redskins

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2) Put pressure on Kirk Cousins

Dec 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) is pressured by Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (95) in the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Like explained before, the Atlanta Falcons will be facing Kirk Cousins for the second time. Cousins isn’t going to do anything out of the ordinary. He’s a solid pocket passer who can complete a lot of passes if you give him time to throw the ball.

In order for the Falcons to slow him down, they will need to apply pressure. Easier said than done. The Falcons’ defensive line will be matched up with a great offensive line and will have a tough time of applying pressure. In comes Dan Quinn. Look for the Falcons to blitz early and often to try to get Cousins moving around in the pocket as much as possible.

Players to watch on the defensive line are Vic Beasley, Adrian Clayborn and Kroy Biermann. If these three players can combine for two or more sacks, I like the teams’ chances.