As the Atlanta Falcons sit at 3-4 on the season they are currently coming off of their bye week. The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time since the Falcons have been nursing injuries all season. Grady Jarrett came back after missing two games and had a monster performance finishing with 5 tackles and 2 sacks.
This is classic Grady Jarrett. Ridiculous burst off the LOS forces Will Hernandez to shift outside. He counters inside with a beautiful swim move to make the rookie look silly. Picture perfect sack. pic.twitter.com/IChA2JXtHV
— Allen Strk (@Allen_Strk) October 26, 2018
Although the opponent was the New York Giants who now sit at 1-6, this defense showed that they have the ability to show up when called upon even though that hasn’t been the case all season.
Damontae Kazee who stepped in for the injured Ricardo Allen has filled in nicely and has improved each game. Jordan Richards who has underperformed since being traded to the Falcons looks to be behind Sharrod Neasman in the rotation which was a move that couldn’t have come sooner. The Falcons also lost starting right guard Brandon Fusco to a season-ending ankle injury. The next man up is longtime Falcon Ben Garland who has often been a swiss army knife as he has the ability to play offensive line and defensive line.
The Atlanta Falcons have some very winnable games as they are waiting for all-pro linebacker Deion Jones to become available off of injured reserve. Deion Jones should be available by the time the Falcons are ready to take on the Saints in week 11.
This Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons take on the Washington Redskins who are a formidable team but haven’t faced an offense of the Atlanta Falcons caliber just yet. The Falcons defense absolutely shut down Saquon Barkley while many thought they would be gashed for up close to 200 yards. Applying that same gameplan to the Redskins, the Falcons can easily shut down the combo of Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson should the run defense play at the level they did against the Giants.
The Falcons match up well with Redskins who don’t do well against high scoring offenses. The run game will most likely stall again as the Redskins have a top run defense. In terms of the passing game, this is where the Falcons will gash the Redskins. The Redskins like to play keep away which does not bode well for the Falcons as they do not fare well against teams that do that.
This game will be a win for the Atlanta Falcons should they limit the Redskins dink-and-dunk offense. Alex Smith is not a mobile quarterback so if the pass rush gets home they will be able to finish. All the Falcons need to do is keep winning until Deion Jones gets back so they can finally have their leader do what he does best. I predict this to be a high scoring hard fought game but the Falcons will come out on top.
ATL 31|WAS 17
Da’Vonte Hughes| @CookieByNature