The Atlanta Falcons are already in Seattle getting ready for a week six match-up. Here is what you can expect to see in week six:
The Atlanta Falcons are headed into Seattle with momentum after a convincing win in Denver, the problem for the Falcons may be the doubt that pundits will have about how good the Denver Broncos actually are after a less than impressive San Diego Chargers team beat them this past week.
Regardless, Seattle against Atlanta should be a great match up of two playoff teams looking for a statement win in Seattle. The Falcons game plan offensively should be especially interesting to watch, considering the game plan that they had ready against one of the best defenses in the league last week.
A week after Julio Jones put on a one man show and tore apart the Panthers secondary Jones was barely involved in the offense at Denver. It is worth noting that Jones was wide open on more than one occasion and Ryan failed to find him or over threw him trying to air it out. Will Julio Jones be a big part of the Falcon’s strategy in week six?
The answer to that question relies on how much Richard Sherman is shadowing Jones in Sunday’s match up. Sherman against Jones is the best against the best and a match up that means Matt Ryan will more than likely not be forcing any balls Julio’s way unless he is wide open.
The Falcon’s offense will instead look to their running game to set the tone early. The Seahawks secondary is one of the best in the league, their run defense is slightly softer however and could be the strategy that the Falcons employ to help get their offense rolling early. The tandem of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman is the best of any tandem in the NFL and will be used again to give the Falcons offense an advantage in Seattle.
The Seahawks will be looking to do the opposite against the Falcon’s defensive front that is to let Russell Wilson drop back and pass the ball. The Falcons haven’t proven that they are capable of rushing the passer on a regular basis and if they continue this trend against Wilson the Seahawks will look to take advantage.
The Falcons defense is the most interesting aspect about this game for Falcon’s fans. Is the defense capable of putting together another showing like they did against Denver? Or will they go back to missing tackles and getting zero pressure on opposing quarterbacks? This week should do a lot to answer exactly what the Falcon’s defense is capable of.
It is tough to pick against the Falcons with the way they have been playing as of late but there is no shame in going 3-1. Especially in a stretch of games that has seen them go to New Orleans, back home to face Carolina, at Denver, and now at Seattle. The Seattle offense is going to be too much for the Falcon’s defense to overcome Russell Wilson has a huge day and Matt Ryan continues his MVP performance by keeping his team in the game. Final score prediction Seattle-31 Falcons-24. Sunday’s game kicks off at 4:25 on FOX.