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NFL Capsule: Falcons at Redskins

NFL Capsule: Falcons at Redskins

ATLANTA (4-0) At WASHINGTON (2-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Falcons by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Atlanta 3-1; Washington 2-2

SERIES RECORD - Redskins lead 15-6-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Falcons No. 2; Redskins No. 18

LAST MEETING - Falcons beat Redskins 31-17, Nov. 8, 2009

LAST WEEK - Falcons beat Panthers 30-28; Redskins beat Buccaneers 24-22

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (18), PASS (11)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (29), PASS (8)

REDSKINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (2), PASS (15)

REDSKINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (10), PASS (31)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Game features NFL's top-rated passer (Matt Ryan, 112.1 rating) vs. top-rated rookie (Robert Griffin III, 103.2). ... Both led late FG drives for two-point wins last week. ... Both have completed 69.4 percent of their passes, trailing only Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers (69.9). ... Falcons' Ryan has only two interceptions in 102 attempts; Redskins' Griffin has one pick in 86 throws. ... Griffin also league's top rushing QB (234 yards) and has already tied Washington's single-season record for rushing TDs by QB (4), matching Joe Theismann in 1979 and Eddie LeBaron in 1955. ... With Griffin, Redskins have NFL-best 151.4 passer rating vs. blitz. ... Falcons lead league with plus-10 turnover differential. They are only team yet to lose fumble this season. ... Atlanta RB Michael Turner had first 100-yard game of season last week, gaining 103 yards on 13 carries. He also had first career receiving TD. ... Falcons DE John Abraham had sack and forced fumble last week. His career sack total stands at 115, most among active players. ... Falcons K Matt Bryant has made all nine FG attempts; Redskins K Billy Cundiff has missed NFL-high four (6 for 10). ... Game also features league's least penalized team (Falcons, 114 yards) vs. most penalized (Redskins, 356 yards). ... Washington defense allowing NFL-high 6.81 yards per play, plus league-worst 7.13 yards on first down. ... Redskins RB Alfred Morris leads NFL rookies with 376 yards rushing. Washington is first team in NFL history with two rookies (Griffin, Morris) each with four-plus rushing TDs in team's first four games. ... Redskins have rushed for 150-plus yards in every game this season. ... Win would tie Redskins coach Mike Shanahan with Bud Grant (168) for 14th place all-time. ... Washington has lost seven straight at home.

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PHOTOS: Alex Smith makes an appearance during the Redskins' third day of OTAs

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PHOTOS: Alex Smith makes an appearance during the Redskins' third day of OTAs

Considering how serious that November leg injury was and how difficult the subsequent surgeries were, any time you see Alex Smith out, about and smiling, it's encouraging.

On Thursday, the Redskins posted a couple of pictures of Smith helping out at the team's third day of OTAs. The QB was photographed hanging out with coaches and even tossing a football:

You can't tell in the pictures whether Smith is still wearing the external fixator on his right leg, but regardless of whether he is or not, it's still great to see him in Ashburn around the organization. 

It remains unclear what kind of role Smith will have with the 'Skins in 2019. However, if he's willing, he'd be an ideal mentor for Dwayne Haskins and overall a positive influence on the entire roster, seeing as many players don't hesitate to praise the leadership he displayed in 2018.

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Gilbert Arenas doesn't like bench mobs, gives very on-brand reason

Gilbert Arenas doesn't like bench mobs, gives very on-brand reason

Gilbert Arenas was an attention-grabbing, electric player on the court. That's equally true off it, where Agent Zero has made a name for himself saying outrageous things and playing the jester. 

Arenas was back at it with another controversial take on his No Chill podcast this week. This time, he took aim at bench mobs.

"[The] only thing that irritates the s--- out of me, is when someone scores and they're like shooting the arrows and they havin' this big ole hype party on the bench ... f--- that ... I want your position. I don't want you to do good."

Bench celebrations have to be some of the most fun, light-hearted and beloved parts of an NBA game. Just look at this. 

Sure, players are drawing attention to themselves by cheering on their teammates, but who begrudges guys for rooting for their own team's success?

Arenas, apparently.

It might sound odd that a guy like Gil couldn't relate to goofy antics. Take a closer look at his history, though, and it makes perfect sense. 

Arenas was one of the most ball-dominant guards in the NBA at a time when Kobe Bryant dominated. That's saying something.

Just compare him versus Bradley Beal, for example. 

Arenas averaged 19 or more shots per game in four of his eight seasons with the Wizards. Beal, by contrast, has only done that once.

Arenas also logged 39 minutes per game while playing for Washington. Even last season when Beal's playing time was a concern, he played 37 minutes a night. 

Of course Arenas can't relate to sitting back and watching his teammates take his minutes or his shots. He had no experience doing either of those things.

There's also the indisputable fact that Agent Zero loves to stir up controversy. If the general consensus is one thing, Arenas gets attention by saying the other. 

Look no further than a few weeks ago. When most NBA players and fans were excited about Vince Carter deciding to try to play another year, Arenas came out opposed to the idea on his podcast.

He said Carter should retire to make room for younger players to prove themselves in the league. 

At this rate, if Arenas uses next week's podcast space to argue that Zion Williamson should go back to Duke, no one should be surprised. 

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