The Atlanta Falcons are off their bye and their first matchup is against a red-hot Washington Redskins team. Washington has won three straight games and look like they have found their identity as a team. Washington’s defensive line is one of the best in the National Football League, and the addition of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix should help boost their secondary. The Falcons offensive line has to control the Redskins defensive line. Washington rank in the top 5 in defense so this a good test for the Falcons offense. The offensive line has to give Matt Ryan time to take advantage of the weak part of this defense, which is the secondary that ranks 14th in passing defense.

Julio Jones

Julio has not scored a touchdown this season. The Washington Redskins secondary cant hold Julio Jones. Josh Norman will be checking Juilio most of the day and that’s a mismatch. Julio should have his way versus the Redskins. The offensive line has to protect Matt Ryan so he can find Julio because the Redskins play a lot of zone coverage. The offense has been rolling and its time for Jones to score a touchdown. Julio is top 10 in catches and top 5 in yards coming into this game. The Redskins play a ton of zone coverage so don’t be surprised if Julio has 10 plus catches. Julio is a zone buster and Matt Ryan will be looking his way often.

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan is playing at an MVP level. Ryan is a career 7-2 record after a bye week. Washington is top 5 in total defense so this not an easy matchup, but the Redskins will give up the deep ball. The offensive line will have to give Matt Ryan time to get the ball to his weapons. Ryan is making all the correct reads. Finding the soft spots in the zones and finding the mismatches when teams blitz or play man coverage. Ryan has thrown only 2 interceptions this season he’s really taking care of the ball. He is giving his team the best chance to win games because he’s not turning over the ball. Spreading the ball around to all his weapons is something Ryan has really done well in his career. The Falcons offense is putting up identical numbers to their magical super bowl run.

Bottom Line

This game will come down to which team can control the line of scrimmage. The Falcons offensive line has to protect Matt Ryan, and also open up lanes for Tevin Coleman. Washington is very tough versus the run, only giving up 80 yards a game, that’s second in the league. The Falcons don’t need a huge day from Tevin Coleman they just need the run game to stay respectable and not one dimensional. In order to win this the Falcons will have to air it out, and in order to do that, you have to give your quarterback some time to make the proper read. Play action passes are huge for all offenses and if the Falcons can establish a run game it can open so much for the offense. The Falcons will be in a dogfight all game, but fresh off a bye the Falcons should be prepared. Dan Quinn should have them pumped up to get back to .500.

 

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