The Falcons have to hit the road and play a 5-2 team this weekend. Atlanta’s been an awful defensive team and a very good offensive one, but they haven’t been as great on the road and their offensive line would seem to match up poorly against a beefy Washington front seven.
Naturally, the Falcons are barely underdogs at all.
Vegas doesn’t trust this Washington team, and it’s hard to blame them after watching Alex Smith throw duck waffles all season long. The line opened with Washington as a squeaky 2.5 point favorite, but that line is already on the move, and some places it’s at 0. You can understand feeling like this one is a coin flip, given the particular challenges of these two teams, but it’s hard to feel confident about a Pittsburgh-style beatdown for Atlanta because Washington needs a steam locomotive to get the ball moving.
Washington will survive a loss here—they’ll be 5-3 and still in good shape in a muddled, lackluster NFC East—but the Falcons will be miles away from okay if they can’t handle their business in this one. That should increase the sense of urgency for Atlanta, which has at least squeaked out a couple of close games over the last couple of weeks.
Hopefully, regardless of the odds, the Falcons can win this one and pull up to .500.