I'd wager few of us thought we'd be talking about the possibility of the Falcons starting the season 5-0 heading into this week, but here we are. What a time to be alive.
This Falcons team is fresh off a dismantling of the Houston Texans so thorough it's being taught in medical school, and they're home again versus a stronger but hardly intimidating Washington Redskins team. It's difficult not to feel optimistic about this matchup, even if I very much doubt we'll see a 48-21 drubbing again this week.
Washington has a decent quarterback in Kirk Cousins, some dangerous running backs, and capable receivers, as well as an underrated pass rush. Their secondary is no great shakes, which will hurt them against the likes of Julio Jones and former Washington receiver Leonard Hankerson, but they can certainly keep this one close and pull off a victory if they're clicking. Atlanta will need to attack the secondary, keep Devonta Freeman rolling, and be aggressive about stopping Cousins from connecting with pass-catching threat Chris Thompson. We'll have much more in our weekly paths to victory story this weekend.
Let's dive in to the game information below.,
Falcons-Redskins game info
Game time: Sunday, October 11, 1 p.m. EST
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
TV Channel: FOX
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Wes Durham and Dave Archer)
Listen Live: Caleb Rutherford takes you through the game with live commentary! This week, you can also tune in to the FalcFans/Falcoholic live stream, featuring Aaron Freeman and Allen Strk.
Online Stream: Can't give you any legal, live streams, but NFL Gamepass offers a live audio stream of the Wes Durham and Dave Archer call, and is your best option for watching the games afterwards. DirecTV also has NFL Sunday Ticket, which is worth checking out..
Announcers: Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale
Injury Report: Injury report TBD today
Odds: Falcons are huuuuuge favorites this week
Prediction: Falcons win 31-24
Opposition: Hogs Haven
2015 Atlanta Falcons schedule
Week 5 Washington Redskins, 1 p.m., Sunday, October 11
Week 6: @New Orleans Saints, Thursday, October 15
Week 7: @Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m., Sunday, October 25
Week 8: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m., Sunday, November 1
Week 9: @San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m., Sunday, November 8
Week 10: BYE WEEK
Week 11: Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m., Sunday, November 22
Week 12: Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m., Sunday, November 29
Week 13: @Buccaneers, 1 p.m., Sunday, December 6
Week 14: @Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., Sunday, December 13
Week 15: @Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m., Sunday, December 20
Week 16: Panthers, 1 p.m., Sunday, December 27
Week 17: Saints, 1 p.m., Sunday, January 3