Jones had just one catch against the Panthers last week in the victory. The game was closer than the Falcons would probably have liked, but any division game figures to be a battle. The Panthers game plan on defense seemed to be to limit Julio Jones impact on the game. He was constantly double teamed which clearly slowed him down. Keep in mind, he was also coming back from a hand injury, that may have lead to Ryan looking the other way on some targets. He has downplayed that theory, but either way he should be perfectly healthy for this one.
The Panthers game plan seemed to make sense, the only problem was they didn’t put much thought into Roddy White. White isn’t exactly an ordinary second receiver. He is a star, and he showed that last week. So the big challenge facing Washington is stopping both Pro Bowl caliber wideouts. It is no easy task, and I have a hard time seeing constant double teams on Julio Jones this week. That is why I think he could be in for a big rebound game. The Redskins secondary is abysmal. They just gave up big games for both Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. They are talented and all, but not at the same level as White and Jones. Back close to full health, Julio could very well go back to Ryan’s top target on Sunday.
Some other points, Chris Owens has been cleared to play and could be back in his nickelback role against the Skins. The secondary has played pretty well in his absence, so I won’t chalk that up as a guarantee just yet.
The Skins have a bunch of nicked up players, but most figure to be able to play in Sundays game. Evan Royster is one, but either way will be a mere handcuff to impressive Alfred Morris. Washington’s secondary is in shambles and will continue that way this game. CB Cedric Griffin and S Brandon Meriweather are both out again. Matt Ryan has to like the sound of that. Finally, RGIII was named offensive rookie of the month for September. No big shock there (Morris may have been his stiffest competition), and the rookie figures to be the focal point once again for the Skins offense.