Washington looks to build its lead in the NFC East while the Falcons come in looking for their third straight win and a return to the playoff conversation in a Sunday matchup.
Both of these teams beat the hapless Giants in their last game, with Atlanta pulling out a 23-20 Monday Night Football tilt before their bye, and the Redskins handing New York a 20-13 defeat last week.
Winning in Washington would bring the Falcons all the way back from their disappointing 1-4 start to the break-even point midway through their schedule.
New Orleans and Carolina might be fighting for the NFC South title, but a 4-4 record puts Atlanta among a pack of contenders for the second NFC wild card.
The Redskins don’t want to worry about a wild card. They are riding their surprising defense to the NFC East lead. When Alex Smith finally gets comfortable with Jay Gruden’s offense, Washington could already be in a position to unseat the Eagles as division champs.
Winning Sunday will assure the Redskins maintain their two-loss advantage over the 4-4 Eagles and the 3-4 Cowboys through Week 9.
Injuries and notes:
Washington picked up safety Ha Ha Clinton Dix in a trade with Green Bay this week. The move bolsters the Redskins’ secondary after both the Cowboys and Eagles added top-line wide receivers.
Running back Chris Thompson suffered a new rib injury against the Giants, while fellow rusher Kapri Bibbs dislocated his shoulder. Both are listed as questionable.
Jamison Crowder remains in his weekly questionable slot. Offensive tackle Trent Williams will play in a cast after dislocating a thumb last week.
Redskin cornerbacks Quintin Dunbar and Adonis Alexander are listed as questionable. Alexander is in the concussion protocol.
Atlanta comes in with no new injuries, listing only kicker Matt Bryant as questionable. Bryant will test his hamstring Thursday.
There was much preseason speculation about Jay Gruden’s job security, but as the Redskins watch the rest of the NFC East fade behind them, he is the toast of the town.
Gruden discussed his wide receivers at the trade deadline, explaining he felt the issue with his passing offense was more on the quarterback. Whether that challenge inspires Alex Smith or not could affect the Redskins’ fortunes the rest of the season.
Dan Quinn continues to navigate through a lengthy injury list and keep his club in contention. His support in Atlanta is not wavering despite the team’s slow start.
How to watch the Redskins vs Falcons game
Fox Sports will broadcast this game across much of the southern and eastern United States in the early time slot.
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Who will win the Redskins-Falcons game?
Washington fans are rightfully excited about their team’s outlook and can’t wait to watch their heroes take the field.
But Atlanta needs this game more. With an extra week to rest and put a game plan together, it’s a good bet the Falcons continue their streak back into contention.