Stats suggest Redskins run game could have solid day vs. Falcons

ASHBURN, Va. -- Some stats you need to know about the Washington Redskins' opponent Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:

  • The Falcons excel on the money downs and in the money areas. They convert 80 percent of their trips in the red zone into touchdowns (tops in the NFL); and they convert 54.1 percent of their third downs (second).

  • The Falcons allow 4.43 yards per carry, 27th most in the NFL. But opposing teams have only run the ball 77 times against them, only the Patriots have faced a lower amount.

  • The Falcons allow opposing backs to average 2.75 yards before contact, which is 25th in the NFL.

  • The Redskins are fourth in the NFL in yards before contact per rush at 2.98.

  • Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley has played on 140 of the Falcons’ 257 defensive snaps. He’s been aligned on the right side for all but 13 of those snaps.

  • Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan throws best to the right side, outside the numbers. He’s completed 20-of-25 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns to that area. His worst area: between the right hash and the numbers, where he’s completed just 17-of-32 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown. Both of his interceptions occurred on throws over the middle.

  • Former Redskins receiver Leonard Hankerson, now with Atlanta, had his second career 100-yard game last week, his first since 2011 as a rookie. Eleven of his 17 receptions have come when he’s aligned as a slot receiver.

  • Atlanta receiver Julio Jones has caught 11 of his 38 passes as a slot receiver. His previous high from this position was 13, set last season.

  • The Redskins have allowed 23 passes to slot receivers this season, 12th fewest in the NFL. And their 251 yards allowed from this position rank seventh.

  • When opponents run to their left vs. Atlanta, they average 5.11 yards per carry (on 18 attempts). Teams have tested them more to the right side, with 30 attempts and a 4.40 yards per carry average. The Redskins average 4.80 yards on runs to their left.