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What you need to know to watch Falcons vs. Redskins in Week 8

This matchup will be the latest in a string of critical ones for a Falcons team hanging on by the skin of their teeth.

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Washington Redskins v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

When the Falcons take the field on Sunday, they’ll be fresh off a bye week and hopefully just about as healthy as they possibly can be with so many starters on injured reserve. They’ll need to be healthy and ready to go as they hit the road to face a team with a defense tough enough to give them fits.

Washington is not a 5-2 football team, if we’re going by talent or even production alone, but here they sit. A remarkably stingy defense keyed by a talented 3-4 front and opportunistic secondary have gotten them this far, and that’s a concern against an Atlanta team that is a juggernaut on offense but has struggled mightily to block effectively.

This is going to be a tone-setter for the rest of the way, for good or ill. If the Falcons can march into hostile territory and beat a team with a quality defense, that’s going to help them a great deal in upcoming matchups against the Browns, Panthers, Packers and Ravens. If they can’t, they’re basically down to their last possible loss, and it’s not going to look good over the final eight games when there are several quality opponents left to face off against.

Here are the essentials for Sunday’s game. Let us know how you think it’s going to go.

Falcons vs. Redskins info

Time: Sunday, November 4, 1:00 p.m. EST

Location: FedEx Field, Summerfield CDP, Maryland

TV Channel: FOX

Streaming: FuboTV

Radio: 92.9 The Game

Key Questions: Will the Falcons get back Matt Bryant? Can their defense hold Adrian Peterson in check, which should just about do it against this Washington offense? Will the offensive line actually hold up against a potent 3-4 front in Maryland?