We’re only into the 4th week of the NFL season and both Washington and Atlanta will go into this game with a sense of urgency and some key injuries that could impact the offense for both teams. Let’s take a look at where both of these teams stand going into their Sunday matchup.
The Falcons are getting some players back this week. Starting corner A.J. Terrell practiced all week and will play on Sunday after missing the Giants game with a concussion. Likewise, wide receiver Frank Darby was a full participant, though whether he’s active or not on Sunday is an open question. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends.
Starting wide receiver Russell Gage is set to miss his second straight game coming off an ankle injury he suffered during the Tampa Bay game in week 2. Olamide Zaccheaus will likely get the start in his place. The defensive depth takes a hit as 2nd year defensive tackle Marlon Davidson will miss this game with an ankle injury.
For Washington, the injury list is shorter but a key name looms large. First, defensive back Benjamin St-Juste has been ruled out. Their depth in the secondary was already suspect so this may be a bigger hit than some think. Defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis is questionable for the game with a knee injury. The biggest name on the list is running back Antonio Gibson with a shin injury. He’s officially listed as questionable. He’s a key weapon in their offense with J.D. McKissic being more of a receiving back out of the backfield.
The Falcons sit alone at the bottom of the NFC South with their 1-2 record. The Carolina Panthers are the surprise at the top of the division with a 3-0 record with the Bucs and Saints sitting at 2-1.
Washington is in the middle of the NFC East race, sitting right behind the 2-1 Dallas Cowboys going into this weekend. The Eagles are also 1-2 and the Giants sit alone at the bottom of their division with no wins and 3 losses.