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NFL Capsule: Falcons at Redskins

Associated Press Published: October 4, 2012
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ATLANTA (4-0) At WASHINGTON (2-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE — Falcons by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Atlanta 3-1; Washington 2-2

SERIES RECORD — Redskins lead 15-6-1

AP PRO32 RANKING — Falcons No. 2; Redskins No. 18

LAST MEETING — Falcons beat Redskins 31-17, Nov. 8, 2009

LAST WEEK — Falcons beat Panthers 30-28; Redskins beat Buccaneers 24-22

FALCONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (18), PASS (11)

FALCONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (29), PASS (8)

REDSKINS OFFENSE — OVERALL (3), RUSH (2), PASS (15)

REDSKINS DEFENSE — OVERALL (29), RUSH (10), PASS (31)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Game features NFL's top-rated passer (Matt Ryan, 112.1 rating) vs. top-rated rookie (Robert Griffin III, 103.2). ... Both led late FG drives for two-point wins last week. ... Both have completed 69.4 percent of their passes, trailing only Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers (69.9). ... Falcons' Ryan has only two interceptions in 102 attempts; Redskins' Griffin has one pick in 86 throws. ... Griffin also league's top rushing QB (234 yards) and has already tied Washington's single-season record for rushing TDs by QB (4), matching Joe Theismann in 1979 and Eddie LeBaron in 1955. ... With Griffin, Redskins have NFL-best 151.4 passer rating vs. blitz. ... Falcons lead league with plus-10 turnover differential. They are only team yet to lose fumble this season. ... Atlanta RB Michael Turner had first 100-yard game of season last week, gaining 103 yards on 13 carries. He also had first career receiving TD. ... Falcons DE John Abraham had sack and forced fumble last week. His career sack total stands at 115, most among active players. ... Falcons K Matt Bryant has made all nine FG attempts; Redskins K Billy Cundiff has missed NFL-high four (6 for 10). ... Game also features league's least penalized team (Falcons, 114 yards) vs. most penalized (Redskins, 356 yards). ... Washington defense allowing NFL-high 6.81 yards per play, plus league-worst 7.13 yards on first down. ... Redskins RB Alfred Morris leads NFL rookies with 376 yards rushing. Washington is first team in NFL history with two rookies (Griffin, Morris) each with four-plus rushing TDs in team's first four games. ... Redskins have rushed for 150-plus yards in every game this season. ... Win would tie Redskins coach Mike Shanahan with Bud Grant (168) for 14th place all-time. ... Washington has lost seven straight at home.

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