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    The Seattle Seahawks (5-2) are on the road against the NFC’s worst team, the Atlanta Falcons (1-6). This might be Dan Quinn’s final game as Falcons head coach, and if so, it’d be against the team where he won a Super Bowl as defensive coordinator.

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    Seattle is coming off a disappointing home loss to the Baltimore Ravens, in which MVP candidate Russell Wilson’s first interception of the season was a costly pick-six. With the San Francisco 49ers leading the NFC West at 6-0, the Seahawks can’t afford to drop many more games if they want to stay in the divisional hunt.

    We have seen the Seahawks struggle against lesser teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals this year, but the Falcons come into this one in shambles and banged up. Quarterback Matt Ryan is out with an ankle injury, so Matt Schaub is his replacement for the day. The offense has been inconsistent even with Ryan, and the defense has been a disaster. Anything short of a lopsided Seahawks win would be a concern, and a loss would be absolutely humiliating.

    Seattle got a bit of a reality check last Sunday when they lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 30-16. Russell Wilson proved that he was human, throwing his first interception of the season to Marcus Peters, who returned it 67 yards for a score to give Baltimore 13-10 second-quarter lead. The Seahawks also didn’t have much of an answer for Lamar Jackson and the Ravens’ running game, as they gave up 116 yards to Jackson on 14 carries. DK Metcalf’s fourth-quarter fumble resulted in a Marlon Humphrey 18-yard return for a touchdown that iced the game for Baltimore. Those two critical turnovers showed just how little of a margin for error there is in the NFL, especially for Seattle.

    Atlanta has been in a free fall all season long with five straight losses after a 24-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2. The Falcons were overwhelmed by a desperate Los Angeles Rams team, 37-10 last Sunday afternoon. Quarterback Matt Ryan left the game with an ankle injury and is questionable for this week’s game. The lack of a running game cost Atlanta against Los Angeles too; they were only able to generate 38 yards on 15 carries. The frustration of a season getting away from them is another issue for the Falcons, as Devonta Freeman was ejected for punching Aaron Donald in the third quarter while trailing 20-3.

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