The Atlanta Falcons starters will have their final game action of the preseason against the Washington Redskins, as they prepare for the 2019 season to begin.
Atlanta Falcons fans will tune into this week’s exhibition game more than any other preseason contest, with the starters expected to play the entire first half and maybe more. Here is how you can view the action.
Date and Time:
The Atlanta Falcons will battle the Washington Redskins on Thursday August 22, 2019. The game will start at 7:30 PM eastern standard time.
The matchup will take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Atlanta Falcons preseason game can be viewed on CW 69 Atlanta. Check your provider’s channel listing for the proper channel number.
Fan can listen to the Atlanta Falcons verses Washington Redskins on WZGC FM 92.9 the Game. The official radio station of the Atlanta Falcons.
The Atlanta Falcons preseason action, can be streamed on fubotv.com. (subscription required)
Favorite: The Washington Redskins (-1.5) are favored to win according to Bovada.
Over/Under 41.0 (Bovada)
Atlanta Falcons Players who will miss the game:
The following eight Atlanta Falcons players will miss this week’s game against the Washington Redskins.
Wide Receiver Julio Jones – Precaution
Linebacker Deion Jones – Precaution
Cornerback Damontae Kazee – Ribs
Right Tackle Ty Sambrailo – Shoulder
Cornerback Kendall Sheffield – Hamstring
Wide Receiver Russell Gage – Ribs
Right Tackle Kaleb McGary – Heart Procedure
Linebacker Foyesade Oluokun – Oblique Strain
Things to Watch for:
1. Improved Offensive Line Play
The Atlanta Falcons offensive line allowed Matt Ryan to take a beating last week against the New York Jets. Matt Gono replaced the injured Ty Sambrailo and Kaleb McGary. It is imperative that they gel and play better this week.
2. Cornerback Depth
With injuries to their top two slot cornerbacks Damontae Kazee and Kendall Sheffield, someone must step up. They team is already lacking depth at the position with a season ending injury to J.J. Wilcox. So standout cornerbacks are certainly something to pay attention to. First year starter Isaiah Oliver is also someone to keep and eye on. He hasn’t played well thus far and will be tested often if he doesn’t step his game up.
3. Wide Receiver Depth
With Julio Jones on the shelf until the season starts and Russell Gage out, several young wide receivers will make their case for a roster spot. Can any of them uproot incumbent Justin Hardy, who has been unproductive?
4. The Pass Rush
Vic Beasley and Takk McKinley have been inconsistent per the norm so far. When one plays well, the other seems to struggle. It will be interesting to see if both can be disruptive against the Redskins.
5. Duke Riley vs young linebackers
Due to the absence of Deion Jones and Foye Oluokun, Duke Riley should have a prominent role on this week’s game. The light has yet to come on for Riley and Jermaine Grace seems to be on his tail. Will Riley solidify his roster spot? Or will him play himself into a change of NFL addresses?
6. The Return Game:
Rookie Marcus Green appears to have a leg up in the competition as a punt returner. He has shown some explosiveness, but has sometimes had trouble fielding the ball cleanly. Will he force the team to go back to Justin Hardy, the prince of the fair catch?
Kenjon Barner is another name to watch for. He has shown some explosive ability as well, but he seems better suited to return kickoffs than punts.
Player to Watch:
Chris Odom • Defensive End
In 2017 as rookie, Chris Odom played very well for the Atlanta Falcons in the preseason. The team decide to cut him at the end, hoping to sneak him onto the practice squad. Instead he was claimed off waivers by the Green Bay Packers.
Odom is back and one again playing well. He has four quarterback pressures including two hits and two hurries, though he has yet to get home for a sack. Should he do so, he could earn a spot on the roster.
With the Atlanta Falcons having veterans Vic Beasley, Takk McKinley and Adrian Clayborn, along with rookie draft pick John Cominski, it will be difficult for Odom to make the team. However he has earned serious consideration thus far, grading as the second best defensive player behind defense tackle Tyler Davidson. If he plays well in the last two contests, the team would be wise to avoid the mistake of 2017.
Now that you have all the information needed to view and listen to the Atlanta Falcons versus the Washington Redskins, relax and enjoy the action. Pretty soon hearts will be racing and palms sweating, because the games will actually count in the standings.