The NFL season is upon us as Week 1 has kicked off. Thirteen games will be up on the board throughout Sunday, September 13. One of these matchups will be between the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons. These two teams will look to get the 2020 NFL season started off right with a win. This game will kick off at around 1:00 PM Eastern time.
The Seahawks are coming off a season in which they finished 11-5, which had them in second place of the NFC West. Seattle knocked off the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round, but took a heartbreaking loss to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round. Now the Seahawks will look to get this season started out right with a win on the road.
Atlanta had a tough season last season. The Falcons finished out the regular season with a 7-9 record, which saw them finish in second place of the NFC South and miss the playoffs. Atlanta had a nice offseason to regroup though and will look to come out strong this season. Look for the Falcons to set the pace with a win at home to open up the season.
These two teams both saw disappointing finishes to what could have been promising 2019 campaigns. Both teams had solid off-season’s in what was an odd summer. Look for both teams to try and clean up their game early as there was no preseason to help get the teams prepared for Week 1. This could lead to a messy Week 1 of the 2020 season.
The Seahawks and the Falcons met up in Week 8 of last season. Matt Schaub started for Atlanta as Matt Ryan was out with injury. Seattle dominated the first half of the game as Russell Wilson threw two touchdowns to D.K. Metcalf and Chris Carson had a touchdown run. Brian Hill had a rushing touchdown, while Austin Hooper caught a touchdown pass to cut into the lead. It was not enough though as the Seahawks won 27-20 on the road.
In Seattle and Atlanta’s Week 8 matchup, Russell Wilson had a great day, throwing for 182 passing yards, while Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny both combined for 145 yards on the ground. Matt Schaub threw for 460 yards, but Atlanta’s running game could not get going as they ran for 69 yards that day. With Matt Ryan back in this one though, look for the Falcons to get the offense more balanced in this one.
Seattle boasts one of the best Quarterbacks in the NFL right now. Russell Wilson is coming off an impressive 2019 campaign that saw him in the MVP conversation. Wilson finished out the campaign with 4110 yards in the air, while throwing 31 touchdowns to 5 interceptions. Wilson also added 342 yards on the ground and 3 touchdowns for the Seahawks.
Matt Ryan is a very strong Quarterback in this league for the Falcons. Ryan started 15 games throughout last season, putting up 4466 yards through the air. He finished with 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Ryan added 147 yards and a touchdown on the ground to help Atlanta’s struggling running game.
Both of these Quarterbacks have been leading their respective teams for many years now. The Falcons made some moves this offseason to boost their running game this season, which can take some of the pressure off of Matt Ryan. Russell Wilson is coming off a very strong season and look for him to build off of it with a huge performance in Week 1.
Key Additions and Losses
The Seahawks offseason was not a great one to say the least. The Seahawks signed Phillip Dorsett and Bruce Irvin to help out on both sides of the ball. Seattle lost pass rushers Ezekiel Ansah and Jadeveon Clowney though in the offseason. The Seahawks picked up Quinton Dunbar though to help out the Cornerbacks, which could strengthen the defense.
Atlanta lost two big names in free agency in tight end Austin Hooper and cornerback Desmond Trufant. The Falcons also lost Vic Beasley, but replaced him with Dante Fowler Jr. The biggest addition for the Falcons was running back Todd Gurley. Atlanta will need their defense to mold quickly though as they will look to get going without an offseason.
These two teams had interesting off-season’s to say the least, which will lead to some question marks for both teams coming into Week 1. If Todd Gurley can carry the load at running back, it could do wonders to the Falcons offense, while the Seahawks will need some players to step up on defense. Seattle lost two key pass rushers in what was the 27th ranked pass defense last season.
The Falcons are coming off a tough season last season and will look to bounce back with a big win to open up this season. Seattle is still looking like a solid playoff team though, which will be a tough matchup for Atlanta. While the Falcons look much improved, their team did not get any preseason time to mold together. I expect the Seahawks to take advantage of this with a win on Sunday.
BetOnline has Seattle listed as a -1 against the spread. This gives a slight edge to the Seahawks in Week 1. I believe that this line is right as there will be no fans in attendance for the Falcons. This gives no real advantage to the home team. Seattle has a strong offense still and with another year under their belt, I expect them to take advantage of a newer looking Atlanta team.