Each week, Daily News football writer Paul Domowitch will tell you the things he will be keeping his eyes on during that week's game. Here is how things panned out yesterday:
1. What to do about Gonzo: In the eight games before yesterday, opposing tight ends had 55 receptions for 634 yards and seven touchdowns. The Falcons' Tony Gonzalez came into the game with a club-high 61 catches and five TDs. Yesterday, he caught eight passes for 72 yards but the Eagles kept him out of the end zone.
2. Pressuring Redman: Quarterback Chris Redman, filling in for starter Matt Ryan (toe injury), was 23-for-44 for 235 yards and a passer rating of 56.5 percent. He threw one touchdown, but also threw two interceptions and was sacked twice.
3. Third down: The Falcons came into the game sporting a pitiful third-down defense (31st in league, 47.0 conversion rate). Still, the Eagles managed to convert on just four of their 11 third downs (36 percent). The Falcons, by comparison, were 4-for-14 (29 percent).
4. Finishing the red-zone job: The Eagles converted just one of four red-zone opportunities into a TD vs. Washington and came into the game 23rd in the league inside the 20 (14-for-30). Yesterday, they finished 3-for-6 in red-zone efficiency but converted just one of their first four trips inside the 20 into a TD.
5. The Avant factor: The best slot receiver in the NFL is the Patriots' Wes Welker, but Jason Avant is making a pretty good case for himself as the second best. He only had three catches for 26 yards yesterday but that makes 20 receptions over the four games.