FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Coming off the bye week, the Atlanta Falcons (3-4) travel to Maryland to face the NFC East division leaders, the Washington Redskins (5-2). Here are three key stats about defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and how he'll play a crucial role in Sunday's NFC matchup:
1. Run game's enemy: The Falcons' defense held Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley to just 43 rushing yards in Week 7, his second-lowest total of the season. According to Pro Football Focus, Jarrett has the highest run stop percentage among interior defenders who have played at least 20 percent of the season. This weekend as the team faces the eighth-best run game, including 12-year veteran Adrian Peterson, Jarrett will be a significant component for the Falcons as they aim to slow down the Redskins' rushing game.
2. Eyes on the prize: According to Pro Football Focus, Jarrett does not only help the run defense, but when he is on the line along with Takk McKinley, Jack Crawford and Vic Beasley, the Falcons defense only allows 4.0 yards per pass play. Redskins quarterback Alex Smith and the offense are currently ranked 26th-best in the NFL, one of the worst passing offenses the Falcons will have faced this season.
3. Sack attack: In Week 7, three different Falcons players recorded a sack, including Jarrett who recorded his first two sacks of the season. This marked the four-year veteran's first multi-sack game since Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots. In 52 games, Jarrett has totaled 10 sacks, including a season-high four sacks in 2017. With nine games left on the season, Jarrett has high expectations and that starts with the Redskins.