Washington Football Team vs. Atlanta Falcons Matchup Preview (10/3/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)

Washington Football Team vs. Atlanta Falcons Matchup Preview (10/3/21)

It is safe to say that the 2021 season has not started ideally for the Washington Football Team or the Atlanta Falcons as both teams are 1-2 with some pretty huge beatdowns; however, there is still plenty of time to turn it around, starting with this matchup. The Football Team got ran over in their Week 3 game against the surging Buffalo Bills, who put up 43 points on them. Meanwhile, Atlanta squeaked out a close one on the road against the New York Giants by a score of 17-14. While momentum certainly favors the Atlanta Falcons, you can’t count out the Washington Football Team. If the Washington Football Team wants to win, their defense has to improve drastically. Currently, their defense is a bottom-three defense in the NFL, which is a complete 180-degree turn from what most experts thought. For the Falcons to win, they will need to find a way to make things click offensively. They are only averaging 16 points per game, despite having plenty of offensive weapons to move the ball down the field. This game will be exciting as there is an opportunity for either team to break from their slump and create an upwards trajectory for the rest of their season. Home field advantage belongs to the Atlanta Falcons and could be the difference in what will undoubtedly be a barn-burner.

Washington Football Team vs. Atlanta Falcons Betting Odds

  • The Facts:

Washington and Atlanta are closely matched, and the odds reflect that. The Football Team (-116) is a slight Moneyline favorite over Atlanta (-102). The spread has Washington giving one point (-1) while Atlanta gets one point (+1). The point total sits at 48.5. Washington is 0-3 against the spread through its first three games in the 2021 season, while Atlanta is just 1-2 ATS.

  • The Opinion:

The Atlanta Falcons and Washington Football Team are evenly matched teams thus far in the season. The only difference is that Atlanta’s offense has more scoring potential. The Football Team is somewhat limited in their game plan without Fitzpatrick, and opposing teams know this. I anticipate this to be a close game, but Atlanta should squeak out a win.

  • My Predictions: Atlanta Falcons win 28-21, Falcons cover +1 (-110)
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TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, October 3
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, GA
TV Coverage: FOX

Washington Football Team vs. Atlanta Live Stream

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Injuries

Washington Football Team: OT Matt Ioannidis (Knee) Questionable, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Hip) Out, WR Curtis Samuel (Groin) Questionable

Atlanta Falcons: WR Russell Gage (Ankle) Questionable, WR Frank Darby (Calf) Questionable, CB A.J. Terrell (Concussion) Questionable

Washington Football Team Analysis

Through three games, it has been mostly a season to forget for the Washington Football Team. Besides their game-winning field goal at home against the New York Giants, it has been mostly disappointing for them, with the most recent case being the beatdown at the hands of the Buffalo Bills. The biggest issue for Washington is its defense: before the season, many people thought the Football Team had an elite defense, and so far, it ranks 29th in the NFL in opponent points per game, allowing 30.7 points per game. Sadly, this does not look like a fluke, especially considering that the underwhelming NFC East rival, New York Giants were one of its opponents. Additionally, the Football Team is 31st in the NFL in opponent yards per game, giving up an unbelievable 432 yards on average. Washington can’t even make the argument that it gives up that many points or yards from its style of play either because it ranks 20th in team yards per game and 19th in points per game. Altogether, Washington’s struggles look like they are only just beginning, and it is hard to envision the ship turning around unless drastic changes were made. While head coach Ron Rivera is far more optimistic than us, we cannot ignore the apparent stats and eye test that tells us Washington is just not a good football team.

Washington Football Team Depth Chart

QB: Taylor Heinicke
RB1: Antonio Gibson
RB2: J.D. McKissic
WR1: Terry McLaurin
WR2: Dyami Brown
WR3: Adam Humphries
TE1: Logan Thomas
TE2: Ricky Seals-Jones

Atlanta Falcons Analysis

In its first game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta looked dazed and confused, getting crushed 32-6. The following week, the Falcons put up some more points but gave up a lot more in a 48-25 pummeling at the hands of the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccanneers. However, last week, the Falcons seemed to put some pieces together and sneaked by the New York Giants 17-14, much like the Washington Football Team did the week before. The main difference is that the Falcons held the Giants to a reasonable amount of points. There is reason to be optimistic if you are a Falcons fan or backer, considering that they gave up 32 points to the Eagles in Week 1 and, just two weeks later, held a team of similar skill in the Giants to 14 points. There is clear improvement there, whereas the Football Team seems to be trending downwards. The keys for the Falcons are going to be defensive consistency and offensive chemistry. There is little doubt that the Falcons have some talented offensive players like Matt Ryan, Calvin Ridley, Cordarrelle Patterson, Kyle Pitts, and Hayden Hurts; however, they have not put it all together yet. Defensively, Atlanta will need to hold teams to reasonable scores consistently.

Atlanta Falcons Depth Chart

QB: Matt Ryan
RB1: Mike Davis
RB2: Cordarrelle Patterson
WR1: Calvin Ridley
WR2: Russell Gage
WR3: Olamide Zaccheaus
TE1: Kyle Pitts
TE2: Hayden Hurst

Washington Football Team vs. Atlanta Falcons Daily Fantasy Picks

Matt Ryan is a solid play against the Washington Football Team despite a lackluster start to his season. The Football Team is allowing over 300 passing yards per game to opposing quarterbacks, including Daniel Jones. Matt Ryan’s ceiling for this Week 4 matchup is 325 passing yards and three touchdowns, and at the value, he will be going for, this play could win some money. It is a high risk but a much higher potential reward.

Terry McLaurin is another fantastic play and a “buy-low” guy in Week 4 DFS. McLaurin had a breakout game against the New York Giants but was held to only four catches on seven targets against the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo showed why it is an elite squad in that game, and Washington struggled. However, Washington has an opportunity to recalibrate its offense against a bad Atlanta defense. McLaurin should be targeted double-digit times and be the recipient of one or two touchdowns in this matchup as he is Taylor Heinicke’s favorite target.

Week 4 Matchup Previews
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  • Texans @ Titans
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  • Dolphins @ Jets
  • Saints @ Eagles
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  • 49ers @ Jaguars
  • Bengals @ Raiders
  • Cowboys @ Chiefs
  • Cardinals @ Seahawks
  • Steelers @ Chargers
  • Giants @ Buccaneers
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