Seattle vs Atlanta – Week 4 Preview
The Seahawks are home again this week, taking on the Atlanta Falcons. With the Seahawks coming in as underdogs at home, look for them to play more inspired football like they did last week against Arizona. On paper, the game looks out of reach, but in reality, the Falcons are playing just as “well” as the Seahawks have.
The Seahawks offensive line needs to continue improving like it has and make sure QB Tarvaris Jackson has plenty of time to throw or run down field. Jackson’s primary target last game, WR Sidney Rice, hopes to contribute like he did last week, tying for the Seahawks lead in catches and ending up second on the team in receiving yards.
The offense will need to produce more than one offensive touchdown this game in order to stand a chance.
The Falcons will most likely look to put extra coverage on Rice this week, which should leave WR Mike Williams and TE Zach Miller more opportunities to make plays. With the Falcons secondary reeling with injuries, hopefully the Seahawks can take advantage and move the ball.
The Seattle secondary will be hurting as well, as safety Kam Chancellor is listed as doubtful with a deep thigh bruise suffered in last week’s game. Atari Bigby will most likely get the start in his place and Jeron Johnson will almost surely see quite a bit of playing time. With the passing threats that the Falcons have, paired with Michael Turner, these two guys hope to step up big and replace Seattle’s leading tackler nicely.
The defensive line put a lot of pressure on Arizona QB Kevin Kolb last week and proved to be a big reason the Seahawks came away with the victory. Chris Clemons put pressure 13 times alone on Kolb. If they can put that kind of pressure on Falcons QB Matt Ryan, the game will likely be evenly matched, as that is how the Falcons lost their 2 games this season – under pressure.
Coming back to the offensive line, they must not only give Jackson pass protection but need to continue to open holes for our rushers like they did for RB Marshawn Lynch last week. Fullback Michael Robinson will most likely be back from injury for the Seahawks this week, making Eddie Williams almost completely expendable. If you read my article on the Seahawks FB situation, you know my stance on the fullbacks’ roles in the Seattle passing and rushing game.
This will not be an easy game for the Seahawks. They will have to stop Turner from breaking big yardage rushes and keep WR Roddy White, WR Julio Jones and TE Tony Gonzales all well-covered in order to have a shot in this game.
If Matt Ryan sees a healthy does of Chris Clemons, this game is very winnable for Seattle.
On a side note…the month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Seahawks will be wearing their pink gear this weekend in honor and support of the cause.