For the second straight week and the third time this season, the Redskins face an NFC South foe. The Atlanta Falcons will provide the Skins the most difficult test of the season so far. So as Washington looks to go 3-0 against the division, we take our weekly look at three guys you might not be familiar with. Most everyone around the league is familiar with Matty Ice, Tony “Gonzo” Gonzalez, and Roddy White. So we will take a closer look at Julio Jones, Micheal Turner, and Sean Weatherspoon.
Juilio Jones: The Falcons don’t have one number one wideout, they have two. The Falcons made a big trade with the Cleveland Browns a little over a year ago, and so far it has paid off. It took little time for the rookie to adjust to the pro game and last year he nearly broke 1000 yards in receiving while catching 8 touchdowns. This year looks no different after already putting up 219 yards receiving and scoring 3 touchdowns in four games. If the Redskins have a chance of slowing down the Atlanta passing attack it will be slowing down this man. Last week he had one of his poorer performances as a Falcon only catching one ball. Keep him in check and the Redskins have a chance.
Micheal Turner: Since arriving from San Diego where he backed up LeDailnian Tomlinson, Micheal Turner has been the wrecking ball that has allowed the Falcons to not be fully a one dimensional offensive team. Atlanta might be known for it’s passing game, but Turner has ran for over 1,300 yards in three of his four seasons playing with the Falcons. This year is no different. Washington needs to emerge as the team that ran for more yards today in order for them to win the game. If Micheal Turner is having a big game against the front seven of the Redskins, I fear it will be a long fourth quarter to watch for Washington fans.
Sean Weatherspoon: Like Jones, Weatherspoon is another successful first round draft pick. The Falcons picked him up two years ago out of Missouri, and ever since then has been a tackling machine. Last year he really blossomed, had over 100 tackles and has started to help turn around Atlanta’s defense. This year his numbers have not been as dominant, but he is still making big plays. The Redskins offensive linemen need to be able to get to the second level and make sure the outside linebacker is blocked and spring Alfred Morris to another 125 yard-plus rushing game.
Did I miss anyone? What do you think?