The Atlanta Falcons are headed to Seattle this week to take on the Seahawks at Lumen Field. The Falcons are coming in 0-2 after falling to the Saints and the Rams in two close games in Weeks 1 and 2. The Seahawks are back at home, where they dominated in Week 1, and will look to build off their rocky performance and loss last week in San Francisco. Read ahead for predictions, odds, picks, injuries, depth charts, and more.
Atlanta Falcons Vs. Seattle Seahawks Betting Odds
The Seahawks are very narrowly favored here over the Falcons, entering as 2-point favorites and -120 money line favorites. The over/under for this game is on the lower end of Week 2 point totals at 42 points.
It’s not surprising that the Seahawks are the favorite at home but given the phases these two teams are in, the line is subject to change. Two transitional quarterbacks, holes on defense, and some injuries (Jamal Adams, Damien Williams) make this an equal matchup, but at home, the Seahawks have the edge, and a better defense. The Seahawks were also 6-4 ATS last season after a loss.
Atlanta Falcons Vs. Seattle Seahawks Prediction
Nothing worked for Seattle last week – their defense, offense, and special teams all failed to produce. This week the Seahawks are back at home despite their poor performance on the road in San Francisco. The run game was near non-existent offensively (36 total rushing yards) yet they gave up 189 rushing yards on defense. The team that was hot a week before, just looked slow. Seattle’s longtime game plan involves a solid defense, a good running game, and a quarterback who controls the game. If they execute this game plan against the Falcons, they can win, if they play like they played against San Francisco, they will lose.
The Falcons have kept both their losses very close games, which includes a late rally against the Rams last week. Marcus Mariota and Drake London have forged an obvious connection as London has 160 receiving yards in his last two games. That can be put to use against a young and thin Seahawks secondary, but defense remains a problem. Ultimately the last two games have shown that this team can compete, but they can’t finish the job, which is also a problem.
Both of these teams have just moved on from their longtime quarterbacks which makes this more of an emerging quarterback battle than anything else. But I foresee Seattle trying to utilize their ground weapons more this week, which should give them the leg up, especially at home.
The Seahawks are a good pick here, but the Falcons will stay in it until the very end.
Prediction: Seahawks cover -1.5
- The Falcons are 2-0 ATS as underdogs this year
- The Seahawks are 1-0 ATS as home team this year
- The Seahawks were 4-4 ATS as favorites last season
- The Falcons are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 road games
- The over is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Seattle
Atlanta Falcons Injuries: Damien Williams (IR)
Seattle Seahawks Injuries: Jamal Adams (IR), Shelby Harris (Q), Damien Lewis (Q)
Check out the key matchups and mismatches for Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks below.
Cordarrelle Patterson vs. Seahawks Run Defense
This Seahawks run defense has given up almost 300 yards on the ground in Weeks 1 and 2. With Damien Williams now on the IR and Patterson expected to take the majority of snaps in the backfield, this is the perfect game for Patterson to rack up some yardage. The Seahawks defense have come up big in crucial situations, but they let their opponent run all over the field first.
Patterson has tallied 161 yards on the run against two good run defenses in his first two games, so expect him to do even more against a weak run defense this week.
Seahawks Receivers vs. Falcons Secondary
Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, especially the latter, are due for a breakout game here soon. They’ve played against two very good defenses the last two weeks which has certainly made their job hard as neither have notched a touchdown yet this season. A good matchup to watch this week will be these two and A.J. Terrell. Last season, Terrell allowed just 29 catches for 200 yards and ranked first in passer rating allowed (47.5) and completion percentage against (43.9%). With the addition of Casey Hayward, this is a solid secondary despite the holes at safety.