Atlanta Falcons vs. Washington Redskins - 8/22/19 NFL Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons
Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 6:30 PM (Mercedes-Benz Stadium )
Washington Redskins -2.5 O/U: 41.5
The Washington Redskins and the Atlanta Falcons will meet up on the NFL gridiron Thursday for Week 3 preseason action.
The Redskins are fresh out of a 2018 season that saw the team go 7-9 and finish in third place in the NFC East. Washington missed the playoffs for the third straight season despite a 6-3 start, thanks mostly to a rash of injuries.
So far this preseason, the Redskins have stumbled a bit, falling 30-10 to the Browns in the opener and 23-13 to the Bengals in Week 2 activity.
Over on the Falcons’ side, they finished 7-9 as well in 2018 and in second place in the NFC South, missing the playoffs. Atlanta came out of the gate at 1-4 and lost seven starters to injured reserve.
Atlanta has three preseason appearances under their collective belt: a 14-10 loss to the Broncos in the Hall of Fame Game, a 34-27 loss to the Dolphins and a 22-10 loss to the Jets last week.
The Redskins are 2-5 ATS in their last seven Thursday games and 0-4 ATS in their last four versus the NFC. The over is 7-1 in the Redskins’ last eight Thursday games and the under is 7-3 in their last 10 road games.
Meanwhile, the Falcons are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games. Atlanta is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games on grass and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall.
The line on this one started out with Atlanta favored by 1.5, but it’s since flipped the other direction. We’ll get to see a fairly sizable dose of the key veteran Falcons players here however, so expect some legitimate scoring chances in the first half.
As for the Redskins they’ve got a few questions to answer, most notably at QB in the Haskins/Keenum quandary. We should see some offensive movement regardless of who is under center here, however.
All things considered, I like Atlanta to hang around here and wouldn’t be surprised to see them cover if they get off to a decent start offensively.