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Predictions & Projections
By David M. Dorey
 
The Huddle
WEEK 2
September 10, 2003
Season Ticket
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM
BUF at JAX MIA at NYJ WAS at ATL SEA at ARZ *CHI at MIN
CLE at BAL *PIT at KC Sun 4 PM *DEN at SD Mon 9 PM
*DET at GB SF at STL CAR at TB NE at PHI DAL at NYG
*HOU at NO *TEN at IND *CIN at OAK Times EST *updated
   
Washington vs Atlanta Sun, Sep 14; 1 PM on FOX at Georgia Dome
  Washington Rush Catch Pass
QB Patrick Ramsey 10 0 230,1
RB Trung Canidate 40 20 0
RB Ladell Betts 60,1 0 0
TE Robert Royal 0 30,1 0
WR Lavernues Coles 0 80 0
WR Rod Gardner 0 40 0
WR Darnerian McCants 0 30 0
  Atlanta Rush Catch Pass
QB Doug Johnson 0 0 210,1
RB Warrick Dunn 60 30 0
RB T.J. Duckett 40,1 0 0
TE Alge Crumpler 0 40 0
WR Quentin McCord 0 60,1 0
WR Peerless Price 0 50 0

Game Prediction: WAS 17, ATL 23

The Redskins start the season out with a win like last year, but instead of drumming Arizona 31-23, this year they barely edged the Jets 16-13.

It was a game pitting four ex-Jet players against their old team and Lavernues Coles started it out right by catching five passes for 106 yards in the first half. He had no catches after that point. Patrick Ramsey started out hot as well and he ended 17 of 23 for 185 yards and one score, playing with only one interception as his only mistake.

The Redskins returned to the running game as promised, gaining 160 yards on only 34 rushes for roughly a 3:2 ratio of run to pass. Trung Canidate gained 46 yards on ten carries while Ladell Betts used 18 runs to gain 77 yards. Even Chad Morton had three carries in the rotational system used by Washington. Betts looked the best of the runners, moving tacklers backwards and gaining the extra yards while Canidate was less effective though slightly faster.

More important than running well and passing with less abandon was the fine play of the defense that limited the Jets to only 105 passing yards and Curtis Martin to only 48 yards on 15 carries.

The Redskins ended the game by having Ex-Jet John Hall kick the game winning field goal.

The Falcons left Dallas with not only a win, but the knowledge that Michael Vick alone does not determine wins or losses. Doug Johnson threw 16 of 28 for 228 yards and two touchdowns and then scored the final points in the game by sneaking in over center himself. Take that, Vick!

While Johnson was effective in replacing Vick and did score on the ground himself, he also ended up with a total of two yards lost on his five runs. Not exactly Vick quality.

The Falcons played a very controlled game with few errors and the only time their level of play was less than expected was on the 63 yard run and 49 yard pass by Dallas for touchdowns. Take those two plays away and the game was a shutout and a blowout.

Atlanta used Warrick Dunn for 13 carries for 41 yards and T.J. Duckett only five times for 21 yards. The Cowboys were able to hold Peerless Price to only two catches for 30 yards but he served to attract enough attention that six other receivers had passes. Price bemoaned the double coverage he saw in the game but that will likely be more the rule than the exception.

Brian Finneran broke his left hand in the game and will be out four to six weeks. He will be replaced by Quentin McCord as the flanker but McCord is much smaller and more used to working from the slot. Finneran's loss removes a big target over the middle for Johnson.

This week the Redskins go to Atlanta where the Falcons will present a more balanced offense than the Jets did, along with a faster defense. Look for the Redskins to attempt to establish the run - and they could get lucky on a few long plays - but overall this should be a close match favoring the home team with a better defense and a more diverse offense than New York offered last week.

WAS
ATL
2003 Averages
ATL
WAS
Gains
Allows
QB's
Gains
Allows
185
268
Pass yards
228
105
1
1
Pass TDs
2
0
1
1
Interceptions
1
0
27
11
Rush yards
-2
0
0
0
Rush TDs
1
0
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---
RB's
---
---
160
138
Rush yards
98
57
0
1
Rush TDs
0
1
9
45
Receive yards
31
13
0
0
Receive TD's
1
0
---
---
WR's
---
---
146
210
Receive yards
103
80
1
1
Receive TD's
0
0
---
---
TE's
---
---
30
13
Receive yards
94
12
0
0
Receive TD's
1
0
---
---
PK's
---
---
3
0
Field Goals
2
2
1
2
Extra Points
3
1
---
---
DEF/ST
---
---
0
0
Fumbles
1
1
0
1
Interceptions
1
1
0
0
Touchdowns
0
0
1
2
Sacks
3
4
0
0
Safeties
0
0
Redskins (1-0)
Score Opp.
16-13 NYJ
Week 2 @ATL
Week 3 NYG
Week 4 NE
Week 5 @PHI
Week 6 TB
Week 7 @BUF
Week 8 BYE
Week 9 @DAL
Week 10 SEA
Week 11 @CAR
Week 12 @MIA
Week 13 NO
Week 14 @NYG
Week 15 DAL
Week 16 @CHI
Week 17 PHI
Falcons (1-0)
Score Opp.
27-13 @DAL
Week 2 WAS
Week 3 TB
Week 4 @CAR
Week 5 MIN
Week 6 @STL
Week 7 NO
Week 8 BYE
Week 9 PHI
Week 10 @NYG
Week 11 @NO
Week 12 TEN
Week 13 @HOU
Week 14 CAR
Week 15 @IND
Week 16 @TB
Week 17 JAX
(Statistics are game averages from current season )