Atlanta Falcons vs. Washington Redskins: Tale of the tape

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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

We are into the second quarter of the NFL season, and the Atlanta Falcons are still undefeated. In Week 5, the Falcons (4-0) host the Washington Redskins (2-2) with a chance to sit alone atop the NFC South with the Panthers on bye week.

The Redskins game plan is clear—they want to run the football. With Matt Jones and Alfred Morris, Washington owns the league’s top-ranked ground game. Under center is Kirk Cousins, and when the pressure is on he’s prone to turning the football over.

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There are no such problems for the high-flying Falcons offense, which has finally established balance with a legitimate run game. With Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman, the unit has carved open opposing defenses in recent weeks.

How do these two teams stack up? Let’s take a look.

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