TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Georgia Dome
Weather: High 66, Low 47
Line: Seattle (-6)
Many people believe the Seattle Seahawks are still the team to beat in the NFC this season as well as the favorite to win a Super Bowl — yes, even after two consecutive ugly games against poor teams. The offense looked a bit lethargic in the beginning of last week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but recovered for a win in overtime against one of the league’s remaining winless teams. Russell Wilson is the leader of this team and one of the top young guns in the NFL even though the passing offense ranks 27th in the league, passing for 1,845 yards and 15 touchdowns. Don’t forget that Wilson can also run the ball, racking up 375 yards and a touchdown on the ground, ranking second on the team in rushing behind Marshawn Lynch. The bruising running back has 726 yards and six touchdowns on the season for the fifth-ranked run game.
In the case of teams that have severely disappointed this season, the Atlanta Falcons have to be near the top of the list. Losing Julio Jones from the receiving game and Roddy White not being himself, this team is desperate to find its stride on offense. Matt Ryan might have 2,442 yards and 15 touchdowns this season while the pass game ranks fifth in the league, but he hasn’t had much quality behind the pass game — meaning he hasn’t produced wins, or points for that matter. Harry Douglas has stepped up in the absence of White and Jones, catching 38 passes for 571 yards and a touchdown. Steven Jackson is not healthy and looking to improve on the 63 yards he had put up in the two previous game since he has come off the injury list.
Defensively, the Falcons have been one of the most struggling units in the league. Ranking 26th in points allowed and 21st in total yards allowed per contest, the Falcons are not the defensive unit they were a year ago. Seattle is known for its defense, ranking third in the league in points allowed and second in both total yards and passing yards per contest. It looks like the run defense is the only thing the Seahawks struggle with, ranking 19th in the league.
PREDICTION: Seahawks 20, Falcons 23