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Who Has The Edge? Breaking Down Falcons, Redskins Matchups
Redskins Pass Offense vs. Falcons Pass Defense: Atlanta has one of the better cornerback tandems in the league in Dunta Robinson and Asante Samuel, but their young safeties are unproven. The Redskins rank in the middle of the league in passing yards per game. Edge: Even
Redskins Run Offense vs. Falcons Run Defense: Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was able to gain 91 yards and a touchdown on nine carries last week against the Falcons. Though a different type of runner, Robert Griffin III could have similar success. Edge: Redskins
Falcons Pass Offense vs. Redskins Pass Defense: Quarterback Matt Ryan has the highest quarterback rating (112.1) and second-highest completion percentage (69.4) and is throwing to two receivers in Roddy White and Julio Jones who provide countless matchup problems. Edge: Falcons
Falcons Run Offense vs. Redskins Pass Defense: The Falcons don’t rely upon their run game, but when they do, Michael Turner is a thick, durable runner. He had 103 rushing yards last week on 13 carries. Edge: Redskins