Redskins Seek First Win Over Falcons Since 2003

Washington Redskins coach Steve Spurrier, right, looks out at the field during the final minutes of the Redskins' 27-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Thursday Nov. 28, 2002, in Irving, Texas. Redskins quarterback Danny Wuerffel is at rear. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)

Entering Sunday, the Washington Redskins are 5-2 with a 2.5 game lead over the Eagles for the NFC East lead. They take on the 3-4 Atlanta Falcons, who are coming off a bye. There’s just two things you need to know about the Falcons in 2018 – their defense has been completely ravaged by injuries and Julio Jones is second in the league league in receiving yards (812) and still has zero TDs. For the Redskins, their offense is led by a resurgent Adrian Peterson.

Looking back at the recent history between these two teams:

  • All-time series – Redskins lead 15-9-1
  • Last Falcons victory – 25-19 OT win in 2015 (last meeting)
  • Last Redskins victory – 33-31 in 2003
  • Streak – Falcons have won 5 in a row

Redskins beat the Falcons 33-31 in week 2 of the 2003 NFL season. This was Steve Spurrier’s second (and final) season with the Redskins. Both teams finished 5-11. Falcons season was a disaster because Mike Vick broke his leg in the pre-season. Doug Johnson started this game for the Falcons and wasn’t very efficient. Patrick Ramsey, beginning his second year after being a 2002 first round pick, started for the Redskins. Ramsey threw for 356 yards and 2 TD, which went to Laveranues Coles (11 catches, 180 yards) and Rod Gardner (9 catches, 118 yards). Ladell Betts and Rock Cartright each ran for TDs for the Redskins.

Will the Redskins snap their 5 game losing streak against the Falcons? And win for the first time since Steve Spurrier’s tenure?

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Mike is a member of the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and an alum of the University of Cincinnati.

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