Atlanta (4-1) at Seattle (3-1)
When: Sunday, October 16th 2016
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
Time: 4:25 ET | TV: FOX
The surprising Atlanta Falcons head to the Northwest on Sunday to take on the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Last week, Atlanta became just the third team in NFL history to knock of the two Super Bowl participants in back-to-back weeks after winning in Denver on Sunday. The Falcons handled the Carolina Panthers the week before by scoring 48 against them. Quarterback Matt Ryan leads the league’s top-ranked offense into Seattle, leading the NFL in passing yards (1,740) and passer rating (121.6) while ranking second with 12 touchdowns. Wide receiver Julio Jones had an off week against Denver after grabbing 12 receptions for 300 yards and a touchdown in the route of Carolina. Atlanta is receiving tremendous production from the running back duo of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, with each scoring a TD last week while combining for 119 yards rushing and 167 yards receiving. The defense is still one of the worst in the NFL, but they collected six sacks against the Broncos – 3.5 by 2015 first-round pick Vic Beasley. Atlanta ranks 27th in points allowed (28.0) and 26th overall (388.8 yards a game).
The Seahawks are coming off a bye week and a 3-1 record has them atop the AFC West standings at the moment. The offense struggled in the first two games of the season, but has come alive with 64 points in back-to-back victories over San Francisco and the New York Jets. Despite playing with a sprained knee against the Jets, QB Russell Wilson threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns and says he feels great following the additional rest. Christine Michael continues to carry the running game in place of an injured Thomas Rawls and is averaging 4.6 yards a carry. The now healthy tight end Jimmy Graham is coming off consecutive six-catch, 100-yard games. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin has eight touchdown receptions in his last five home games entering this week. Seattle allows just 13.5 points per game and owns the league’s top-ranked defense (264 yards per game).
The Falcons have been really good, but I think the offense is going to have a hard time in this stadium. It will be loud and probably very wet. Seattle’s offense is starting to come around and I think they send Atlanta back home with a whopping.
Pick: Seahawks -6.5