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Redskins defense an area of Falcons focus


"They may not be clicking as the Saints are, but they definitely have the personnel to do what the Saints are able to do," said Hill, who started at left corner last Monday.

"That's one thing we can't let Washington or however their season's going affect us. I know their personnel because we played them last year [when Hill played for St. Louis]. They have talent at that wide receiver position and if you let them get going, it could be a long day."

Unlike the Saints, the Redskins' receivers are not overly huge against the Falcons' sub-6-foot corners. Santana Moss, at 5-10, has caught 28 passes for 453 yards and two touchdowns.

Antwaan Randle El, also 5-10, has caught 23 balls for 248 yards without a touchdown. The Falcons will catch a break in that arguably Washington's best player, two-time Pro-Bowl tight end Chris Cooley (29 catches for 332 yards and two touchdowns), is expected to miss the next three games, Zorn said, with a broken bone in his right ankle.

At running back, the Redskins have Clinton Portis, an All-Pro last season who has been one of the NFL's better backs for years. Portis, with 490 yards, ranks 13th in the NFL in rushing but has only one touchdown.

Portis has not been the culprit when it comes to fumbling, as he has only one. Campbell has 10, having lost three.

Falcons linebacker Coy Wire, who forced one fumble last week and recovered another, said defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder has emphasized creating turnovers all season and did again this week.

"A lot of times that stuff happens by playing fast, playing aggressive football, is when you see a lot of those fumbles happen," Wire said. "And that's what happened in our game. If you watch the tape, we were swarming to the football and we caught a couple of turnovers. So I think we're just going to continue doing that. We're really good right now at getting turnovers in whatever form they may come."

The good news for the Falcons is that defense has less of a chore than it has the last three weeks in facing Jay Cutler, Tony Romo and Drew Brees. It's also good news that Turner showed a spark.

Now, if they can only get Ryan going.

"We're not even halfway through [the season] and we've got a long way to go," Ryan said. "We've got a lot of games to be played. I look at it like a golf tournament: Keep yourself in the mix in the first two rounds and have chance to pounce at the end -- kind of like Tiger [Woods] does."


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