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What To Watch For: Three Falcons, Redskins Storylines

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

1. Bird Of Prey: Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall referred to Atlanta’s Matt Ryan as the early favorite to be the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, and Hall’s claim isn’t far off. In addition to leading the Falcons to only their third 4-0 start in franchise history, he’s doing so with considerable individual success. The Redskins’ defense, which has struggled this season, will need to pressure him and cover on the back end to have any chance at controlling an offense that is third in the league at 31 points per game.

2. Kicking The Habit: Kicker Billy Cundiff missed three of his four field goal attempts at Tampa Bay last week, though he made a 41-yarder with two seconds remaining to cap the Redskins’ come-from-behind victory. In a game where Washington will likely need to go blow-by-blow with the explosive Falcons offense, Cundiff will need to overcome any lingering jitters when he’s called upon.

3. Weather Service: The forecast at FedEx Field calls for a steady rain and temperatures in the low-50s this afternoon, which would seemingly swing a bit of favor in the Redskins’ direction. Running back Alfred Morris and quarterback Robert Griffin III are the top two rookie rushers in the NFL at a combined 152.5 yards per game, and the Redskins rank second in rushing as a team. Rain could also force the Falcons to shy away from their passing game, which would be a benefit to Washington.