Washington and Atlanta both enter the game with 3-10 records a year after playoff appearances.
This is the 23rd meeting between these teams, and Washington is 15-7-1 against Atlanta. The Falcons won the last meeting, 24-17, on Oct. 7, 2012. The Redskins seek their first road victory against the Falcons since a 33-31 win at the Georgia Dome on Sept. 14, 2003.
Washington owns a 6-4-1 all-time regular season road game record against the Falcons.
A win today would give the Redskins their first road win since Week 4 at Oakland.
These teams have a number of similarities statistically. The Redskins average 21.5 points a game, and the Falcons 21.7. Washington surrenders 31.3 points a game and Atlanta 27.8.
Washington ranks ninth in the NFL in total offense with 376.2 yards per game, and Atlanta is close behind at 13th with 349.1. On defense, Washington gives up 371.9 yards per game (23rd) and Atlanta 379.4 (27th).
Here are some things to look for in this game:
● Wide receiver Pierre Garcon enters this game with 89 catches for 1,017 yards, both career highs. His 89 catches rank fifth most for single-season production in franchise history. Garcon is the only player in team history to record at least five receptions in each of his first 13 games in a season.
Garcon is on pace to finish the year with 109 catches, which would break Art Monk’s record of 106, which he set in 1984.
● The Redskins need 109 yards to reach the 5,000-yard mark. It would mark the ninth consecutive season in which Washington has done so.
● Running back Alfred Morris enters the game with 1,027 yards, but has had minimal impact in recent weeks, rushing for 52, 26 and 31 yards in his past three outings, respectively.
Morris has rushed for 100 yards in a single game three times this season — the last coming in Week 10, when he amassed 139 yards on 26 carries.
● This could be a big day for Morris, however, because the Falcons rank among the worst in the league against the run, giving up 133.6 yards per game (third most).
Some connections between these teams:
● Cornerback DeAngelo Hall played for the Falcons from 2004 to 2007.
● Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan held the same position with the Redskins from 1997 to ’99.
● Falcons receivers coach Terry Robiskie served as passing game coordinator for Washington from 1994 to 2000 and interim head coach for the last three games of the 2000 season.
● Falcons guard Sean Locklear played for Washington in 2011, and tackle Jeremy Trueblood spent the 2013 offseason program, training camp and preseason with Washington.
● Punter Sav Rocca and linebacker Darryl Tapp played for the Philadelphia Eagles with Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Omar Gaither in 2010.
● Safety Brandon Meriweather and Samuel played together for the New England Patriots in 2007.
● Nose tackle Barry Cofield and Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora played for the New York Giants from 2006 to ’10.
● Linebacker Nick Barnett and Falcons running back Steven Jackson played together at Oregon State from 2001 to ’02.
● Brian Orakpo and Falcons guard Justin Blalock played together at Texas from 2005 to ’06.
● Safety Bacarri Rambo and Falcons linebacker Akeem Dent played together at Georgia from 2009 to ’10.
● Left tackle Trent Williams and Falcons cornerback Dominique Franks played at Oklahoma from 2007 to ’09.
● Defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and Falcons defensive end Malliciah Goodman played at Clemson from 2009 to ’10.
● Wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, guard Josh LeRibeus and Falcons wide receiver Darius Johnson played at Southern Methodist from 2009 to ’10.
● Wide receiver Nick Williams and Falcons cornerback Robert McClain played at Connecticut in 2009.
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