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#253 Washington Redskins
vs. #254 Atlanta Falcons

Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 7:30pm EDT
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Written by Adam Rauzino

The Atlanta Falcons will host the Washington Redskins in week three preseason action Thursday night from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Redskins came up short in a 23-13 home loss to the Bengals last Thursday night, and the Falcons are coming off a 22-10 home loss to the Jets. The Falcons tallied a 38-14 win against the Redskins last November.

Redskins Target First Preseason Win

The Washington Redskins will be searching for their first preseason win in this one. They lost 30-10 in Cleveland in the opener followed by a 23-13 home loss to the Bengals last week. Washington could have a battle for the #1 QB unfolding this season. Case Keenum is expected to win the starting role, however, Dwayne Haskins might have something to say about that. Haskins, who was drafted in the first round this summer, converted on 7 of 14 passes last week after throwing two interceptions in his debut. Keenum is an established veteran who posted a subpar 18:15 TD to INT ratio last year. The seven-year veteran quarterback should see a good chunk of playing time in this one.

The apparent favorite of head coach Jay Gruden is Colt McCoy. But the former Texas star has been unable to stay healthy this year and throughout his career. He suffered a broken tibia last December and had multiple surgeries to try and fix the issue.

“It’s not good for Colt obviously but like I said, what’s most important for Colt is to get that [leg] to where he can fire off of it, push off of it. It’s his right leg, so he’s not getting enough fire off of it push off of it and until he feels like he’s 100 percent doing that, I’m not going to put him back there,” Gruden said on Sunday.

The Redskins feature a ton of depth at the RB position led by veteran Adrian Peterson who rushed for 31 yards on four carries last week. Derrius Guice, who is expected be the #2 RB, has yet to play as he recovers from a torn ACL, and it does not sound like he will suit up in this one. This leaves way for Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine to see action.

Washington does not have a strong receiving group. They are led by Josh Doctson and Paul Richardson who recorded 262 receiving yards last year. Richarson is dealing with a minor injury and it is unknown if he will suit up. They are strong at tight end led by Jordan Reed who has yet to suit in the two preseason games.

The Redskins scored an average of only 17.6 points last season, positioning them down at 29th in the NFL. Washington held opponents to 22.4 points, pegging them in the middle at 15th overall.

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