The Atlanta Falcons are one of the feel-good stories early in the NFL season. They are undefeated, and quarterback Matt Ryan is on pace for a career year. Week 5 of the schedule involves a trip to Washington for the Falcons as they play against Robert Griffin III and the Redskins. That trip will provide the Falcons with the first loss of the year and the NFL upset of the week.
The Redskins can run the ball and that is an area where the Falcons are vulnerable on defense. The running game will open up passing lanes for RG3 and his rushing attack will be nearly impossible to contain. It is the running game that will boost the Redskins. For the latest betting line on this game, check out Sports Betting Online and get a 10% rebate on ALL wins and losses!
The Falcons’ rush D is weak this year, averaging 146.2 yards allowed per game (29th in the NFL), and they’ve coughed up six rushing TDs in just four games. The Panthers exploited the obvious weakness in the Atlanta D with 199 yards rushing last week (5.7 yards allowed per rush); the Chargers posted 116 yards rushing vs. Atlanta two weeks ago (6.8 yards allowed per rush). Those are some big numbers that the Skins will exploit.
Michael Turner is starting to ramp up again, but will have a tough time this week. The Redskins’ rush defense is ranked 10th in the NFL after four games, averaging 89 rushing yards allowed per game, with two rushing scores surrendered to date. This will make the Falcons one dimensional and although Ryan is great, if the Redskins defense can focus on the pass they will be able to contain the Dirty Birds offense.
The Redskins are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game and they are 4-0 ATS in the last four games in Week 5 of the NFL season. The Falcons are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game and they are very susceptible to the upset and will lose this week against the Redskins.
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