Game Time: October 16, 2016, at 4:25 PM EST on FOX
This game has the makings of championship proportions. Yes, I said it; the high flying (4-1) Atlanta Falcons take on the (3-1) Seattle Seahawks in a rematch of their intense 2012 NFC Championship face off, where the Dirty Birds pulled out a close 30-28 win. Hotlanta, and rightfully named granted their explosive start to this season, sets out to not only gain respect around the league, but to also show that their fast start is unlike their meltdown after starting 5-0 last season.
Matt Ryan is currently the league’s frontrunner for MVP and for very good reason. Regardless from criticism stemming from not only critics on just about every major network, but Atlanta’s own fan base, Ryan has been “squashing the chitchat” so far averaging a 121.6 QBR, 1760 passing yards, as well as a 12/2 TD/INT ratio. Wowzers! It is safe to say thus far, that Matty Ice is back! The Falcons’ high powered #1 ranked offense will be opposed by the #1 ranked defense of the Seahawks led by arguably one of the best cornerbacks in the league, Richard Sherman. The Falcons offense is not one that is easily defended, exhibits A and B in the form of the defenses of the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, allowing the Dirty Birds to expose them. However, The Legion of Boom, playing at home, will be a task and a half. The Seahawks have only allowed 264 yards through the air and 93 rushing yards. Regardless of their defensive standing in league, I believe the Seahawks are very, VERY susceptible to being exposed as well.
After witnessing one of the ugliest games this season, where the Seattle lost 9-3 to a mediocre Rams squad, I don’t see the Seahawks doing much to stifle the offense of the Falcons with their diverse array of weapons. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, arguably the best RB tandem in the league, in the backfield as well as on the receiving end, have been giving teams headaches and I don’t see them slowing down anytime soon. If the feared secondary shows up on Sunday, then Matty Ice will most likely check down to the two headed monster yet again.
Russell Wilson has had a pretty mediocre start, and if the Falcons defense shows up like they did last week then it will be a long day. Vic Beasley racking up 3.5 sacks against the Broncos is the most sacks in a game this season so far. Not to mention, this is the first game this season where the 11 starters on defense will play together. If the defense drives off of last week’s momentum this will be a fun game to watch.
Prediction: The Dirty Birds silence the 12s and leave Seattle 5-1. Atlanta 38, Seattle 14