Sure, the Falcons could easily climb back into the playoff race. But they’d have to win a road game.

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The 3-4 Atlanta Falcons have done well to salvage a season that was quickly headed south when they rattled off two straight home wins heading into the bye week. In an NFC playoff race that’s still wide-open, it was necessary to hold serve at home, where the Falcons have earned all three of their wins.

But now, to continue the long upward climb, the Falcons have to actually win a game on the road. Through seven games, Atlanta has only gone on the road twice and lost both times. Over the next two weeks, they have key road trips to Washington and Cleveland, and the stats don’t favor them in the first of those two games.

It seems that the Falcons are still getting credit for their 5-3 away record from 2017. Despite being 0-2 on the road this year and scoring just 29 points combined in those two games, Atlanta is only a two-point underdog against Washington, a team that is 4-2 overall, 3-1 in the nation’s capital, and riding a three-game win streak. Washington has held three straight opponents under 18 points and just bolstered an already strong secondary by adding Packer safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. They might not have much of a passing game, but a resurgent Adrian Peterson should find enough success against Atlanta’s 31st-ranked rush defense (per DVOA) to give Washington the win and the cover  of the spread, making this a very tempting match to place a bet on, so if that’s the case I would recommend visiting this site as they have a list of trustable online betting sportsbooks you can choose from.

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Consider this: if the Falcons are to get back into the playoff hunt, they’ll have to do it in the final nine-game stretch in which six games will be on the road. Three of those road games will be against NFC South rivals against which they went a respectable 2-1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

A year ago, the Falcons went 5-3 on the road en route to a 10-6 overall record and their second consecutive playoff berth. It’s going to take at least that to get back to the postseason, and with an 0-2 start, that’s looking ever more unlikely.

But for now, the focus is on Washington. When you’re 3-4 and looking for your first road win of the season, the playoff hunt is a discussion for another time.

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