As ever, these are our crackerjack staff’s predictions for Week 5. Make yours down in the comments. Whoever comes closest gets to make a guest post on this here weblog.
Chris Mottram: Falcons, 34-24
Now that the Skins are technically tied for first and have fans feeling a touch of optimism, they go on a 1-3 stretch through this second quarter of the season — at Atlanta, at Jets, Bucs at home, at New England. We’ll always have that 90-yard touchdown drive, though.
Matt Terl: Falcons, ∞-17
Yes, that’s an infinity symbol. Kyle Shanahan and Leonard Hankerson are forbidden by law from lighting Ashburn on fire. They’ll do this instead.
Andy Peden: Falcons, 33-24
Ryan exposes the D just like Eli did. Cousins plays fine but the Skins just don’t have the firepower on O.
JP Finlay: Falcons, 27-20
See, I just don’t think the Falcons are that good. Specifically their defense. If the Skins really commit to the run this one stays close. Even that Giants game that went so bad would’ve been close if Matt Jones held onto the ball in the end zone.
They could sneak a win, but I definitely think they cover. Especially with the hook.
Jack Kogod: Falcons, 27-13
I … uh … I’ve got nothin’ else to say.
Todd Davis: Falcons, 24-17
Like Finlay, I think the running game can shorten the game enough to keep it close. But if there’s any way of slowing down Julio, it isn’t in this secondary.
Jamie Mottram: Falcons, 27-23
Let’s see, the Falcons have a) the NFL’s best wide receiver, b) a proud Pro Bowler who wants the damn ball and c) an ex-Redskin motivated to show that they were stupid to let him go. Meanwhile, the Redskins secondary consists of Bashaud Breeland and some soggy toast that hasn’t washed down the disposal yet. Advantage: Falcons.
Composite prediction: Falcons, ∞-20