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.