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Date/Time: Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m. ET
The 2012 meeting between the Falcons and the Washington Redskins was an intense battle to the finish that Atlanta won with a go-ahead Michael Turner touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
The game may or may not have been affected by the injury to Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III.
The 2013 rematch may also be affected by an injury to Griffin.
As Griffin recovers and goes through rehab to strengthen his surgically repaired knee ligaments, most accounts believe he’ll be ready by Week 1 to take the field.
If there are any setbacks, however, or if Griffin just doesn’t advance as he thinks he will, the Redskins will have to roll with Kirk Cousins under center. As this game lands on Week 15, odds are Griffin will be back.
Even though Griffin is a game-changer on the field, it may be running back Alfred Morris who makes the difference against the Falcons.
Atlanta had trouble stopping the run in 2012. Morris ran for 115 yards on the Falcons and as it stands before the draft, Atlanta hasn’t done anything to bolster its run defense. If Morris can get going again, he can single-handedly win the game for the Redskins.
The more-likely game-changer in this one, however, will be Matt Ryan, who threw for 345 yards against Washington in 2012 and has just as many receiving options this year, along with an additional ace up his sleeve in running back Steven Jackson who should be much more electric than was Michael Turner.
The Falcons will just have too much offense in this one.
SCORE PREDICTION: Atlanta 27, Washington 21
LAST MEETING: Atlanta 24, Washington 17 (2012)