Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks - 11/10/13
Seattle Seahawks (8-1) at Atlanta Falcons (2-6)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Georgia Dome)
The Line: Atlanta Falcons +6.5 -- Over/Under: 45 See the Latest Odds
The Seattle Seahawks head into the Georgia Dome looking for a better result than last week’s squeaker against the Bucs while the Falcons look for any kind of spark after getting demolished in Carolina.
The Seahawks are certainly one of the favourites to win the Super Bowl and in the very least a serious playoff contender in the NFC but it goes to show that over a 16 game schedule anything can happen on any given week against any opponent. Seattle was a huge double digit favourite at home against the lowly Buccaneers but needed a huge come back to avoid the upset and while a win is a win it certainly didn’t seem like the Seahawks were up for it last week. This week the Hawks get a chance to redeem themselves as they head into the Georgia Dome to take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons who were dreadful on the road against the Carolina Panthers last week in what was the first real display of Matty Ice suffering from being without his top two wideouts. Seattle will look to keep Marshawn Lynch involved in a heavy dose on the ground as Seahawks receivers Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin will both be out of this week’s encounter.
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The Falcons are in the midst of an incredibly disappointing season and that was before they lost Julio Jones for the year, but last week’s effort in Carolina was possibly their worst yet. The Falcons were dominated by a very strong Panthers defense and Cam Newton shredded the Falcons defensive unit as Carolina reasserted themselves as the second best team in the NFC South behind New Orleans. The health of Steven Jackson and Roddy White will play a huge role in determining how well Matt Ryan will play the rest of the year as I think with those two guys plus Tony Gonzalez involved in the offense the Falcons can get back to respectability even if it means missing out on the postseason. If those guys cannot come back than the Falcons are in for a tough final stretch to the year and could very well end up with a favourable draft pick in April. While the Falcons looked awful last week and the Seahawks are a power house whose defense should feast on the injury depleted Falcons I think at home they can stick around and at least put up a fight. Seattle is a different team at home than on the road and while the Falcons may not get the win I think they’ll show a lot more heart than they did last week.