Quarterback corner: Falcons’ Marcus Mariota on the Commanders

Credit: Bob Andres

Credit: Bob Andres

FLOWERY BRANCH — Here’s what Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota had to say about the Commanders, his team’s opponent at 1 p.m. Sunday at FedEx Field in Maryland.

On the challenge of Washington’s sixth-ranked defense: “It starts up front. I think those guys are playing at a very high level. You can pick anyone of those guys, and they’ve been kind of monsters. For us, to be able to get in and out of the huddle, do what we do, and get on the same page will be important. If you’re not on the same page, those guys will split double-team blocks and create havoc in both the run and pass game. So, really it starts up front with those guys.”

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On the play of Washington cornerback Kendall Fuller, who had a pick-six last week: “On that play specifically, he did a great job. They were playing man. You can tell that he kind of pattern-read it, made a jump on the ball and then finished it. He’s a player that throughout his career has done that. Has been a guy that can see patterns, understand it and make jumps on plays. That was a credit to him on that one.”

On the Falcons being in the playoff hunt at Thanksgiving: “We talk about that all the time, right, when you’re playing meaningful football at this time of the year, you’re doing some things right. What’s cool about us is that we can continue to improve. With this young group of guys that we have, there is not complacency. Everyone is trying to get better.”

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Atlanta Falcons 2022 schedule

Sept. 11: Saints 27, Falcons 26

Sept. 18: Rams 31, Falcons 27

Sept. 25 Falcons 27, Seahawks 23

Oct. 2 Falcons 23, Browns 20

Oct. 9 Buccaneers 21, Falcons 15

Oct. 16 Falcons 28, 49ers 14

Oct. 23 Bengals 35, Falcons 17

Oct. 30 Falcons 37, Panthers 34 OT

Nov. 6 Chargers 20, Falcons 17

Nov. 10 Panthers 25, Falcons 15

Nov. 20 Falcons 27, Bears 24

Nov. 27 at Washington, 1 p.m.

Dec. 4 vs. Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

BYE WEEK

Dec. 18 at New Orleans, TBD

Dec. 24 at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Jan. 1 vs. Arizona, 1 p.m.

Jan. 8 vs. Tampa Bay, TBD