Robert Griffin III executed his first game-winning drive last weekend to help the Redskins pull to .500 with a 24-22 win at Tampa Bay. Griffin threw for 323 yards and did not yield a turnover, an impressive feat for a rookie quarterback playing on the road. Though the Redskins defense squandered a big lead, they did pull out the win and Griffin gained more invaluable experience in the process.
One area the Redskins will desperately need to improve upon is their kicking game. Bill Cundiff hit the game-winner, but he missed attempts from 31, 41 and 57 yards earlier in the game, any of which would have sealed a win. The 57 yard miss is understandable, but the other two are not.
The Redskins will need to slow down Matt Ryan and his impressive offense to have a chance of winning this game. Ryan leads the NFL with a 112.1 quarterback rating and, like RG3, calmly executed a game-winning drive last week to seal a win over the tough Carolina Panthers. With the Saints still winless, the Falcons are already running away with the NFC South.
One area the Redskins will want to focus on is putting pressure on Ryan. The Panthers sacked him five times last week and were able to exploit the offensive line until the final drive. The Falcons, meanwhile, will likely orchestrate a passing attack against Washington's porous secondary that has coughed up over 300 passing yards against per game.
Kickoff for the Washington Redskins takign on the visiting Atlanta Falcons will get underway at 1pm EST/10am PST today. The game will be televised on FOX in high definition. In the event you don't have access to a television, you can watch the live stream via NFL Sunday Ticket or hit up this website for a free live stream.
The odds-makers are calling for the Falcons to win this one easily. As last week showed, don't count out RG3 and what he's capable of accomplishing. I'm thinking the Redskins are going to pull off an upset in a high-scoring affair.