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Falcons' Smith: RG3 'unbelievable'

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Falcons' Smith: RG3 'unbelievable'

Facing Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III in back-to-back weeks might sound like a nightmare scenario for most NFL defenses.

Falcons Coach Mike Smith, however, hopes it will help his undefeated squad prepare for a Redskins rookie he described as impressive and unbelievable.

In some instances it does, Smith said. You can find out what doesnt work. We did some things last week that werent as effective as wed like it to be.

Newton and Griffin are often mentioned in the same breath because of their ability to hurt defenses through the air and on the ground.

The Falcons eked out a 30-28 victory over Newtons Panthers last Sunday in Atlanta, but the Carolina quarterback had a strong performance statistically. Newton was 15 of 24 passing for 215 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for 89 yards on nine carries and a touchdown.

Most teams you face, the quarterback is the distributor, meaning he hands off the ball to a running back or he throws the ball to someone else, Smith said. Now, you have to account for him in your run defense. Youve got to put an extra guy on the quarterback to get the math right when the quarterback is a runner.

The Falcons defense is yielding only 19 points per game (eighth), but their run defense has been susceptible as Newton proved last week. Against the run, Atlanta is giving up 146.3 yards per game (29th).

That, obviously, is a weakness the Redskins hope to exploit. Through four games, they lead the league in rushing yards (684) and rushing touchdowns (eight, four by Griffin and four by Alfred Morris). Morris ranks fifth in yards on the ground with 376, while Griffin leads all quarterbacks with 234.

Smith avoided any direct comparisons of Griffin and Newton. But the Falcons coach did not shy away from heaping praise on the Redskins standout.

Oh my gosh he is very impressive, Smith said of Griffin. His is ability to come into the NFL and basically be one of the top five quarterbacks through the first quarter of the season in terms of passer rating is just unbelievable. I think theyve done a very good job in their passing game and thats not even his biggest strength. His biggest strength is his ability to run the football.

Its going to be a big challenge for us this week, he added. Im super impressed with your quarterback.

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Chris Thompson carted off field with leg injury, season could be done

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Chris Thompson carted off field with leg injury, season could be done

NEW ORLEANS —The sad scene played out midway through the third quarter as Redskins running back Chris Thompson got carted off the Superdome field.

Thompson appeared to get rolled up on from behind by a Saints defender at the end of a Kirk Cousins run.

The injury looked bad in real time, and much worse on subsequent replays.

Most Washington players stood around Thompson as he got placed on the cart and the medical staff deployed a brace onto his lower right leg. 

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Thompson has been Washington's best offensive player this season.

Through nine games, he has accumulated more than 750 total yards and five touchdowns. Thompson leads the NFL in receiving yards by a running back. 

Injuries have been hitting the Redskins hard this season, and it seems Thompson will miss significant time. FOX analyst Troy Aikman wondered if Thompson's season was all but over.

 

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Redskins vs. Saints Week 11 inactive list: The good news, bad news scenario

Redskins vs. Saints Week 11 inactive list: The good news, bad news scenario

NEW ORLEANS — The Redskins  face the unenviable task of heading on the road in Week 11 to take on the red-hot Saints in, New Orleans, La. on Sunday.

An improbable and unexpected victory over the Saints would recquire a clean bill of health and plenty of good luck.

The list of inactives for Week 11 is good news-bad news scenario we are used to seeing for about the last month.

Here is the list:

  • TE Jordan Reed
  • C Spencer Long
  • WR Terrelle Pryor
  • G Arie Kouandjio
  • CB Quinton Dunbar
  • DL Caraun Reid
  • WR Brian Quick
     

Reed, Long, and Pryor are not surprise inclusions to the list here. All three were declared out on the Friday injury report. Still, the bad news is that three Week 1 starters are on the shelf for a key game.

It’s good news that OT Trent Williams and ILB Zach Brown will play. They are among the most valuable players on their respective sides of the ball. Both were listed as questionable, Williams with a knee injury that has been an issue since Week 4 and Brown with an Achilles injury.

That’s also good news that wide receiver Ryan Grant is active. He was listed as questionable with concussion. With Quick (concussion) and Pyror sidelined the Redskins would have had only three wide receivers to get through the game.

Dunbar is suffering from an illness that hit him on Friday. His absence means that rookie Fabian Moreau will be the first cornerback off the bench.