Maintaining their good starts has proven to be a challenge
The Redskins face a difficult slate in the second quarter starting with the 4-0 Falcons at FedEx Field. The surprising 3-1 Vikings come into town next and road trips to the Giants and Steelers follow. Both New York and Pittsburgh are 2-2 but both are perennial playoff teams and recent Super Bowl champs.
As noted, the Redskins face a tall task in getting the second quarter of the season off to a good start. The Falcons are undefeated and their main strength, the passing game with Matt Ryan throwing to the likes of Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Tony Gonzalez.
But already know that. You also probably know that the Redskins have the top rushing attack in the NFL and that the Falcons struggle defending the run.
So, what happens? One of two things.
--The Redskins get their doors blown off, relatively speaking. I think they are moving the ball well enough to where they are going to put a score in the 20’s. But things have the potential to get really ugly if Ryan can find his receivers. Something like the Bengals game, only the Redskins don’t rally for a late touchdown to make the score look better.
--The two teams get into a shootout, with Robert Griffin III matching Ryan pass for pass, yard for yard, touchdown for touchdown. Who has the ball last? Think the Bucs game but with the score in the upper 30’s.
So which will it be? Despite the forecast for rain at FedEx Field on Sunday, I’m looking for the shootout scenario. The Redskins will be in it until the end. But I think they come up just short.
Falcons 38, Redskins 35