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Seattle (AP) — Atlanta (0-2) and Seattle (1-1)
Sunday, 4:25 PM EDT, Fox
Opening Line: According to the FanDuel Sportsbook, Seahawks 1 1/2 by.
Against the spread: Falcons 2-0; Seahawks 1-1.
Series Record: The Seahawks lead 12-8.
FINAL MEETING: The Seahawks beat the Falcons 38-25, September 13, 2020, in Atlanta.
Previous Week: The Falcons lost to the Rams 31-27; The Seahawks lost to the 49ers 27-7.
Falcons Offenses: Overall (19), Rush (7), Pass (22), Scoring (9).
Falcons Defense: Overall (20), Rush (15), Pass (22), Scoring (27T).
Seahawks Offenses: Overall (31), Rush (32), Pass (27), Scoring (29T).
Seahawks Defense: Overall (24), Rush (25), Pass (24), Scoring (15 T).
Turnover Differential: Falcons minus -1; Seahawk Minus-2.
Falcons player to watch: WR Drake London had a team-high eight catches for 86 yards and the first touchdown of his career against the Rams last week. He is the only rookie with five or more receptions in each of the first two weeks of the season. His early success is crucial for the Falcons and will hopefully create more chances for TE Kyle Pitts, who is set for a slow start.
Seahawks players to watch: There were high hopes for pass rush Darrell Taylor entering the season after having 6 1/2 sacks last year. By far, Taylor’s most notable moment was pushing a tackle from Deebo Samuel, which led to a 51-yard running play and a field goal for the 49ers. Taylor has three tackles, two QB hits and no sacks in two games. The Seahawks need more.
Main Match: Seattle’s offense was judged to be based on being able to run effectively with a combo of Rashad Penney and Ken Walker III. Two games through, the Seahawks run game is the worst in the league, averaging only 56 yards to run and putting more pressure on QB Geno Smith. The Falcons were beaten by New Orleans in Week 1, but the Rams were restricted to a run of 65 yards last week – although a run play from 26 yards helped.
Key Injuries: Falcons backup CB Darren Hall was battling a knee injury that limited him in practice. The hall had a tremendous mess and recovery last week. The Seahawks are expected to be without defensive lineman Shelby Harris (glut/personal reasons). Gameday decisions from left guard Damien Lewis (quad) and CB Justin Coleman (calf) are likely. CB Artie Burns (Groin) could be in line to start his season.
Series Note: The last time the teams met was the season opener of the COVID-19-affected 2020 season, which Seattle won 38-25 in Atlanta. The Seahawks have won five of the last six regular season meetings, but Atlanta is 3–1 at Seattle during Pete Carroll’s tenure in charge of the Seahawks.
Stats and Content: The Falcons are trying to avoid a 0-3 start for the second time in three seasons. Atlanta started 2020 0-5. … The Falcons stayed on the West Coast after last week’s game in Los Angeles and practiced throughout the week in Seattle at the University of Washington. … QB Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy while playing his college career in Oregon. Mariota made a debut against Seattle in 2017 while playing for Tennessee. Mariota was dismissed three times and threw two interceptions versus the Rams last week. …London can become the second player in his first three NFL games to have at least five receptions and 70 receiving yards. Andre Johnson achieved the feat in 2003. … TE Kyle Pitts needs 18 yards to move to second place in franchise history for most yards in the first 20 games of his career. … LB Michael Walker is one of three players with an interception, forced fumble and sack in the first two weeks. … CB Casey Hoyard made his 25th career interception last week. He is one of four active players with at least 110 passes defended and 25 interceptions since 2012. … The Seahawks haven’t scored an offensive since the second quarter of Week 1 with a span of six quarters and 92 minutes, 24 seconds. … QB Geno Smith is completing his league-best 81% pass in two weeks. … WR Tyler Lockett took nine catches for 106 yards last week, his 16th career game with at least 100 yards to go. … LB Jordyn Brooks and Cody Barton have both scored double digits in each of the first two weeks. He is the only teammate in the league to have achieved this feat in two matches.
Hypothetical Tip: Seattle’s run defense has been shaky through two games and is the focus this week, while an ongoing QB threat at Mariota could open the door for the big game from RB Cordrell Patterson. Patterson had a career-high 120 yards in Week 1.
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