Closer look at Falcons-Redskins

December 14, 2013 

WASHINGTON (3-10) at ATLANTA (3-10)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

Opening line: Falcons by 3 ½

2013 Record vs. spread: Washington 3-10, Atlanta 5-8

Series record: Redskins lead 14-7-1

Last meeting: Falcons beat Redskins 24-17, Oct. 27, 2012

Last week: Redskins lost 45-10 to Chiefs; Falcons lost 22-21 to Packers

Streaks, stats and notes: Teams tied for NFC's worst record after winning divisions in 2012. ... Redskins have allowed most points (407) in NFL. Falcons are 29th (362). ... Redskins QB Kirk Cousins making first start of season and second of career. Cousins made NFL debut against Falcons last year. He completed 5 of 9 passes for 111 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT. His highlight was 77-yard TD to Santana Moss. ... RB Alfred Morris had 115 yards rushing in last year's loss to Falcons. ... WR Pierre Garcon has career-high 89 catches to lead NFC. Garcon also has career-high 1,017 yards receiving. He has at least five receptions in every game this season. ... TE Jordan Reed leads NFC rookies with 45 catches. Reed is recovering from concussion. ... TE Logan Paulsen has TDs in two straight games. . LB Ryan Kerrigan had 28-yard INT return for TD in last meeting. ... LB London Fletcher leads team with 93 tackles. He had 20 stops against Falcons last year. ... LB Brian Orakpo has 5 1/2 sacks in last five games. ... Falcons have won last three in series. ... QB Matt Ryan is 2-0 against Washington. Ryan passed for 345 yards and two TDs in last year's win. ... Falcons 32-2 when Ryan starts and has QB rating of 100 or better. ... TE Tony Gonzalez has catch in 208 consecutive games for NFL's second-longest streak, behind Jerry Rice (274). Gonzalez had 13 catches for 123 yards, TD against Redskins last year. ... WR Roddy White has 18 catches for 217 yards in last two games against Washington. ... Rookie CBs Desmond Trufant (14), Robert Alford (7) lead team in pass deflections. Alford made first start last week. ... Falcons 30th in NFL in rushing (81.2) and yards rushing allowed (133.6). ... Atlanta expected to start at least five rookies on defense, including three in secondary if S Thomas DeCoud (concussion) can't play.

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