In a matchup of all-bird NFC teams, two squads trending in vastly different directions will meet in Atlanta during the early slate of Week 8 action.
The 1-6 Atlanta Falcons are a mess in every sense of the word right now. Matt Ryan has been brutal all season, and now he’s out injured – and the Falcons can’t stop anyone when they don’t have the ball. I am not certain how Dan Quinn still has a job coaching this team, but it’s got to be soon before he receives his pink slip. For all the talent in Atlanta, it’s inexcusable to be this hopeless.
They’ll welcome the surprising 5-2 Seattle Seahawks led by Pete Carroll and MVP quarterback candidate Russell Wilson. The Seahawks weren’t supposed to be this good in 2019, but Wilson has been elite this year. Though they are coming off of a loss, Seattle has been solid in many areas this year, and remain quite competitive in a tough NFC West division. The Seahawks are firmly eyeing a return to the post-season and facing Atlanta in Week 8 could provide them with yet another boost.
Keep reading on beneath the posted odds for how we envision this match-up unfolding. Will the Falcons show some pride? And can Russell Wilson continue his torrid pace? Read on for match analysis and a betting prediction for the Seahawks vs. Falcons.
Seahawks vs. Falcons Betting Odds:
Seattle Seahawks -8 (-110)
@ Atlanta Falcons +8 (-110)
Over 50 (-110)
Under 50 (-110)
Seahawks vs. Falcons Pick:
Without Matt Ryan, the Falcons are hopeless in terms of moving the ball this week. Though Ryan wasn’t exactly having a solid year, Matt Schaub should already be retired. He’s slow in the pocket, and definitely will not receive solid blocking from his offensive line. As a result, he’ll be rushed and forced into ill-advised throws and decisions. Seahawks’ defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney should also be in line for a huge day against rookie right tackle Kaleb McGary.
The Falcons also sold some pieces this week when they traded reliable receiver Mohamed Sanu to the Patriots. And though Seattle has had some struggles with their pass defence so far this year, it would seem that Schaub will be unable to exploit this due to poor blocking and limited options. Expect Shaq Griffin to closely monitor Julio Jones as well.
On the other side of the ball, it amazes me that Dan Quinn, a so-called defensive guru, has yet to do anything in his tenure as Falcons’ coach to improve this stop unit. In 2019, it is again atrocious. They have virtually no pass rush and a porous secondary, and as a result expect Russell Wilson to be able to throw all over the Falcons on Sunday afternoon. On the ground, the Falcons also are brutal in this department, meaning Chris Carson should be in line for a big outing when Wilson isn’t looking to go deep.
This should be a relative breeze for the Seahawks against a depleted and demotivated Falcons group. Missing key pieces at QB and within their secondary will make this a tough spot for Atlanta, and a hungry Seahawks team should be ready to go after losing at home last week to Baltimore. Eight points on the road is always tough to lay, but the situation warrants it here. Expect the Seahawks to win by two touchdowns.