NFL Week 5 2012 : Redskins vs Falcons Preview – Griffin vs the Amoeba?


I really can’t help but admire RG3’s season thus far, his natural talent really jumps out at you, as well as his composure and comfort level. In the rookie signalcaller, the Falcons face a stiff test in not only what Griffin can do with his feet, but the league’s leading rushing attack at 175 a game.

I will be watching for his leaping cut, he seems to favor that move and I can’t believe how badly he is making some NFL linebackers miss. Sean Weatherspoon and Stephen Nicholas are going to know what is coming, will they be able to do something about it?

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap1000000062727/Griffin-5-yard-TD-run

Love that move.

From every report and article you read, not matter how inconsequential the details the rookie’s maturity level and humility are refreshing in this day and age. With a passer rating of 103.2 he is playing extremely well, and limiting his mistakes with only one interception so far.

It’s early but his season looks every bit as impressive as Cam Newton’s was a year ago, but he has yet to face a defensive coordinator like Mike Nolan.

The defense didn’t do much of the “Amoeba” a week ago against Cam Newton, preferring to play their base defense, will they do it against RG3? They’ve also been lights out so far this season, allowing 19.0 points per game and 207.0 passing yards per contest.

The Redskins defense ( and MeAngelo Hall ) sadly won’t have enough against a Falcons offense that is clicking on all cylinders early.

Yes, this image has not been modified, that’s Michael Jenkins catching the football

Last time I saw Deangelo was his brief stint with the Raiders, and the single most boring NFL game I have ever attended considering it was the first time I saw Matt Ryan in real life. I just couldn’t believe the level of football on the field that day, it looked like the Falcons were scrimmaging against high school players.

Without Brian Orakpo and Kerrigan their suspect secondary will be exposed, giving up 326.3 passing yards per game and 20 passes of 20-plus yards – third-most in the NFL.

Julio Jones is still feeling the effects of his lacerated hand, being held relatively quiet the last 2 weeks but he’s going to get healthy against this Redskin secondary.

So the Redskins will have to control the clock with their dynamic running attack and limit their mistakes.

Which could spell trouble for the Falcons who struggled against the run in their base defense against the Panthers. Akeem Dent clearly is not ready to fill the rather large shoes of the departed Curtis Lofton in the middle and it will be interesting to see what Nolan has planned for Griffin and the Redskins.

Given the nature of the “Amoeba” and the chances of giving up a huge running play, the Redskins will be a tough out.

Fellow rookie Alfred Morris and Griffin will have big games, but the Falcons will win in a shootout, 35-27.

Go Falcons.

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