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NFL Week 9 FOX Atlanta Falcons @ Washington Redskins Preview

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Atlanta Falcons @ Washington Redskins – FOX, 1:00 PM

Smith's change of scenery

Last season is proving to be an outlier for Alex Smith when it comes to deep passing.

Peterson's fountain of youth

Adrian Peterson has answered the Redskins' running back questions by proving that he can still be a workhorse.

Swearinger's breakout year

D.J. Swearinger has been enjoying a career year in 2018, earning a 90.9 overall grade – the highest grade among active safeties this season.

Norman's not-so-breakout season

For the second-straight season, Josh Norman is allowing a passer rating of over 100.0 in coverage.

Ryan dominating against press

Coming off his highest graded game of the season, Matt Ryan enters Week 9 with a near-perfect passer rating of 157.4 against press coverage.

Falcons doing the right thing

Not surprising with their receiving corps, the Falcons have called a pass play on 57.8% of their first down plays this season.

The Falcons' struggling run defense

The injury-riddled Falcons defense has had trouble bringing rushers down at first contact. Their 3.6 yards allowed after contact per attempt is the worst in the NFL.

Third down woes

On the ever-crucial third down, the Falcons' defense has allowed a conversion rate of 42.1% against the pass – the third-highest rate in the league.

Key matchup

PFF Greenline has projections for the spread, moneyline and over/under of the Falcons' matchup with the Redskins. Get its picks here.

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