It was all Roddy White in last week’s thriller of a game. As the Carolina Panthers took an early 7-0 lead, the Falcons answered back with a 49 yard touchdown pass to White. Again in the second quarter, Matt Ryan found his go-to guy in week 4 and hit White for a 14 yard touchdown, putting Atlanta back on top at 17-14. In addition to Roddy White’s 2 first half touchdown, he was good for 169 receiving yards, including a huge play on the game winning drive.
As the clock ticked down, the Falcons found themselves behind 28-27—their perfect record on the line. They got the ball back with 59 seconds left in the game, and on the first play of the drive, Matt Ryan went deep, hitting none other Roddy White for a 59 yard gain. The Falcons went on to win this nail-biter with a 40 yard field goal from Matt Bryant. They remain one of the two unbeatens this season, along with the Houston Texans. With that win, the Falcons matched their best start in franchise history.
This week the Falcons take to the road again, as their perfect 4-0 record is tested in Washington. It’ll be their first look at rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, and you can expect to see plenty of pressure from the Falcons defense on this young, inexperienced player.
On offense, the Falcons need to get receiver Julio Jones more involved this week. Despite being targeted 8 times, Jones had just 1 reception for 30 yards in last week’s game versus the Panthers—a stat Julio Jones fantasy owners are not soon to forgive or to forget.
There is definitely potential for big weeks from Julio Jones, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, and Matt Ryan this week, as the Redskins have given up 326.3 passing yards. Michael Turner is definitely a fantasy starter as well, as Washington has yielded 89.0 rushing yards per game, and in Turner’s last appearance vs. the Redskins, he ran for 166 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Falcons have won their last 7/10 meetings with the Redskins, including their last 2 games at the nation’s capital. With a victory this week, the Falcons will have a 3-0 road record for the first time since 1986. It’s a crucial week. Will the Falcons winning streak continue to 5-0, or will the Redskins pull the upset and finally snap their 7-game home losing streak? There’s a lot on the line.