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Redskins-Falcons Predictions


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

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. Ben Custead

    October 9, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    I’m undercutting Terl:
    Falcons: (?-1)
    Skins: 17

    • Ben Custead

      October 9, 2015 at 12:30 PM

      Let’s try that again:
      Falcons: (∞ – 1)
      Skins: 17

      • Jamie Mottram

        October 9, 2015 at 2:11 PM

        Nailed it. The infiniti symbol, I mean. (It ain’t easy.)

  2. filthylaugh

    October 9, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    Hotlanta – 42
    Team with no real CBs – 10

  3. SiPhi

    October 9, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Skins 34
    Falcons 31

    Kirk Cousins wins in a shootout. Our Cerberus of a Running Back situation grinds out the last 9 minutes of the game to seal it. Yeah that’s right. WE’RE COMING FOR YOU SUPER BOWL 50 WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Ketel on Rocks

    October 9, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Skins: 10
    Falcons: 32

    The book should be out, and the trick to beating this D is to chuck it deep. Julio Jones and Matt Ryan go apeshit early. This team ain’t built for shootouts.

  5. aFineMessi

    October 11, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Posted earlier tonight on

    In honor of the Mottram Bros.’ “Winners and Losers” list over at, i present you with WASHINGTON CAPITALS GAME NIGHT WINNERS & LOSERS:


    Lane Lambert – special teams coach

    Lambert has a challenging task trying to replace 4 crucial penalty killers on his unit after having lost Joel Ward, Eric Fehr, Troy Brouwer to free agency and Nicklas Backstrom to injury. The pairing of the age-defying Chimera with an energetic, hard-nosed Tom Wilson proved to be inspired as we got to witness the speedster Chimera use his talents on defense (as opposed to his typical offensive contributions) with amazing results.

    Braden Holtby

    the Holtbeast has been a notoriously slow starter in the past. Fortunately, that doesn’t say much considering this is only his second full season starring in goal. Didn’t allow any soft goals and made a crucial heart-stopping save on a breakaway right after a blown chance from the Caps on the other end. Moved sooo well… Like a Saskatoon tango dancer.

    Tom Wilson

    Put together a solid game that showcased his offensive smarts with patient passing to go along with his hard-nosed ‘heavy” style of game that isn’t what we’ve come to expect from him night after night. His helper to Orpik while playing the penalty kill showed a veteran’s mindset with some nifty passing to the open man on the ice.

    Brooks Orpik

    Old man strength. Held his own against dirtier, shittier players. Wasn’t afraid to get in peoples faces all night and provided his first goal as a Washington Capital.

    The 35 year old Defensive Defenseman could have come out hesitant and sluggish after offseason wrist surgery and not having played a preseason game but instead, appeared reliable as ever to go along with his shorty.

    Marcus Johansson

    One of my favorite things about Mojo’s game is his ability to camp out in front of the net from time to time, a place his stick just in the right position to score goals whenever Ovie makes that conscious decision to fire a pass/shot so hard through the crease, that it bounces off Mojo’s perfectly angled blade for the goal.

    Barry Trotz

    I expected the home team to win tonight’s contest but would not have been surprised to see a ‘conditioned’ Devils team go all out tonight having had the luxury of playing last night.. Trotz had his boys focused from the get-go.


    John Carlson

    Biggest concern was whether Carlson would be able to replicate Mike Green’s deft passing on the power play. Tonight, it looked like the Caps PP didn’t miss a beat without Green. Carlson gets a medium tonight because it looked like he spent all offseason practicing his passing and not enough with the basics of defense. He looked a touch sloppy and was caught out of position on NJ’s second goal.

    Evegny Kuznetsov

    4th line opening day stater last season to 1st ling winger tonight. LOVED his play taking over from Backstrom on the PP. His wrister from the right side circle brings another element to the PP that we haven’t seen before. He can’t let his talent go to his head, though. Had a bad hooking penalty that was reminiscent of ‘the OTHER Alex’ and seemed to pout when he was nailed for it. I’m sure Trotz will have a word about it and correct how he reacts to not getting calls.


    Dmitri Orlov

    Love having Orlov back. He’s been thrust with high expectations and a lot of responsibility this season. He teased us with his speed, agility and guile tonight but it was obvious that the young Ruskie is in need of more experience and playing time after missing out on a crucial development year last season. He made mistakes but the talent is palpable.

    TJ Oshie

    Had a flawless preseason… Despite working his ass off whenever he was on the ice, he just seemed a split second late or a step behind from everyone else. It’ll get there. He gets the “loser” label tonight from me only because i HAD to put someone in the column. Ohsie’s gonna make Caps fan very happy this season.

  6. Ketel on Rocks

    October 11, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Ovie didn’t make winners??? His goal was absolutely filthy last night.

  7. deepvalue

    October 11, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    A Falcon runs down the field wide open for a TD. Kyle Shanahan seen smiling on the sideline.

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