Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons Matchup Preview (9/13/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream

This intra-conference matchup between the Seahawks and Falcons is sure to bring plenty of fireworks as this will be a matchup between two of the best quarterbacks in the conference – Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan. Neither player is without help, as this game features plenty of skill talent for either team. Atlanta boasts a receiving corps of wide receivers Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and tight end Hayden Hurst, while the Seahawks will rely on wide receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf as well as offseason signing tight end Greg Olsen. Seattle made waves last month when they traded for Jamal Adams as they pair arguably the best safety in the NFL with the best linebacker in Bobby Wagner. When the Seahawks were perennial Super Bowl threats, Wilson was electric but the team was heavily reliant on its “Legion of Boom” defense. With Adams and Wagner headlining a solid defense overall, the Seahawks might be able to get back into title contention this season.

Meanwhile, the Falcons will be hard-pressed to make the playoffs as they suddenly play in a division with two of the best quarterbacks of all time in Drew Brees and Tom Brady. Brees’s Saints and Brady’s Buccaneers are going to be title contenders as well, but the Falcons don’t have the defensive personnel to match their elite offensive production. Both of these teams could be in playoff contention by the end of the season, and they should provide one of the most interesting matchups of Week 1. For detailed historic statistics on this matchup, head over to the Seattle Seahawks vs Atlanta Falcons matchup page.

TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM EST
Location: Mercedez Benz Stadium – Atlanta, GA
Coverage: FOX

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Injury Report

Seattle Seahawks: DL Branden Jackson (out), RB Rashaad Penny (questionable), TE Will Dissly (probable), TE Colby Parkinson (probable)
Atlanta Falcons: DB Jaylinn Hawkins (out), DB Jordan Miller (out), DB Ricardo Allen (questionable), DL Takkarist McKinley (questionable), RB Ito Smith (questionable), DB Keanu Neal (questionable), DB J.J. Wilcox (questionable), DL Steven Means (questionable)

Seattle Seahawks Analysis

Seattle SeahawksOn offense, everything for Seattle revolves around the running game. Their offensive line isn’t anything special, but they ranked 3rd in the NFL in rushing attempts per game and 6th in rushing yards. Rashaad Penny is likely going to begin the season on the PUP list, but the Seahawks still have a solid stable of running backs including Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde, both of whom were 1,000-yard rushers last season. Russell Wilson isn’t quite the rushing threat he used to be, but he can’t be ignored in the run game either. The Falcons were a middle-of-the-pack run defense last season.

The Seahawks also have plenty of receiving options at the disposal of Wilson. Tyler Lockett had his first 1,000-yard season last year and rookie DK Metcalf wasn’t far behind with 900 yards of his own. Seattle brought in Greg Olsen, longtime Panthers tight end and former Pro Bowler, who will instantly become one of Wilson’s favorite targets. Will Dissly’s 10-month recovery from an Achilles tear is mesmerizing, but he should be ready for Week 1 as well. Philip Dorsett is another big-play receiver who joined the team this offseason.

Defensively, the Seahawks are going to be a completely different beast with Jamal Adams in the fold. The First-Team All-Pro safety is a freak of nature who can impact the game in a multitude of ways. His biggest strength is arguably his cerebral ability, as he can see plays happen before they develop, and that will pair very nicely with Bobby Wagner’s mental aptitude at middle linebacker. There is also plenty of other proven talent on this defense between K.J. Wright, Bruce Irvin, Shaquill Griffin, and Quandre Diggs. The pass-rush is an issue, but this defense is going to be stout regardless.

The Seahawks have made the playoffs in eight of ten seasons under Pete Carroll with ten playoff wins in that span. Carroll and Russell Wilson are locks for top-five coaches and quarterbacks, respectively, while Bobby Wagner and Jamal Adams are top-five at their respective positions as well. This Seahawks team might not be as balanced as the squad they had during their last Super Bowl appearance in 2014, but the top-end talent is as good as it’s ever been.

Seattle Seahawks Depth Chart

QB: Russell Wilson
RB1: Chris Carson
RB2: Carlos Hyde
WR1: Tyler Lockett
WR2: D.K. Metcalf
WR3: Philip Dorsett
TE1: Greg Olsen
TE2: Will Dissly
LT: Duane Brown
LG: Ethan Pocic
C: B.J. Finney
RG: Phil Haynes
RT: Cedric Ogbuehi

DE: L.J. Collier
DT: Jarran Reed
DE: Poona Ford
LB: Bruce Irvin
LB: Jordyn Brooks
LB: Bobby Wagner
LB: K.J. Wright
SS: Jamal Adams
FS: Marquise Blair
CB: Shaquill Griffin
CB: Tre Flowers
CB: Quinton Dunbar

K: Jason Myers
P: Michael Dickson

Atlanta Falcons Analysis

Atlanta FalconsThe biggest move for the Falcons this offseason was bringing in running back Todd Gurley, the former Offensive Player of the Year with the Rams. It’s been a precipitous drop for Gurley since then, and while his long-term health is still a major question mark, he should still have something left in the tank as he’s just 26 years old. The Falcons’ running game was basically nonexistent last season as they ranked 3rd-last in rushing yards per game. Atlanta will be hoping Gurley can help turn that around.

Of course, the passing game is always great for the Falcons with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Calvin Ridley. Atlanta ranked third in passing yards per game and Jones and Ridley combined for over 2,200 yards despite each missing a handful of games. Hayden Hurst, a former first-round pick by the Ravens, will be the new starting tight end after the Falcons traded for him to replace free agency loss, Austin Hooper. I’m projecting Hurst for a breakout season in this offense as he still has tons of untapped talent.

The running game and passing game should both benefit from what should be a much-improved offensive line in 2020. The Falcons allowed the fifth-most sacks per game last season and the running game often struggled to gain traction. However, offensive guards Chris Lindstrom and James Carpenter missed significant portions of last season and should be ready to roll. Lindstrom and his fellow second-year starting offensive lineman Kaleb McGary should be much-improved in Year Two. This group has the potential to approach league-average play this season, which would be significant.

The biggest issue for Atlanta this season is going to be the defense, not the offense. The Falcons ranked in the bottom half of the league in both passing and rushing yards allowed last year. The defense arguably got worse over the offseason, as well, after losing veterans Desmond Trufant, Jonathan Cyprien, Vic Beasley, De’Vondre Campbell, and Adrian Clayborn. I didn’t love this team’s draft and I don’t see them being good enough defensively for their should-be elite offense to shine.

Atlanta Falcons Depth Chart

QB: Matt Ryan
RB1: Todd Gurley
RB2: Brian Hill
WR1: Julio Jones
WR2: Calvin Ridley
WR3: Russell Gage
TE: Hayden Hurst
LT: Jake Matthews
LG: James Carpenter
C: Alex Mack
RG: Chris Lindstrom
RT: Kaleb McGary

DE: Allen Bailey
DT: Tyeler Davison
DT: Grady Jarrett
DE: Takkarist McKinley
LB: Dante Fowler Jr.
LB: Foyesade Olukon
LB: Deion Jones
CB: A.J. Terrell
CB: Isaiah Oliver
CB: Darqueze Dennard
S: Keanu Neal
S: Ricardo Allen

K: Younghoe Koo
P: Ryan Allen

Betting Corner

Spread: Seahawks -1.0, Falcons +1.0
Moneyline: Seahawks -125, Falcons +110
Over/Under: 49.0

In the game between these two teams last season, the Seahawks took an early 24-0 lead in the 2nd quarter before the Falcons rallied behind 441 passing yards out of Matt Ryan to make the final score of 27-20 seem much closer than it should have been. The Seattle defense should be much better after the addition of Jamal Adams along with some other veterans, and I don’t see the Falcons rolling off a 20-3 run again. However, given how Pete Carroll has rarely shown a willingness to completely open up the offense, I don’t see the Seahawks running up the score either. This could be a surprisingly low-scoring game as I expect the Seahawks to go for a ground-and-pound, clock-killing approach while their defense does work on the Falcons. Atlanta’s offensive line should be much better, but as soon as the team gets into obvious passing situations, it will be tough for them to move the ball. The Seahawks’ Moneyline will be one of my favorite parlay pieces for Week 1 and I would bet on them to cover the spread as well. It’s worth noting that three out of the last four matchups between these teams went over the 49.0 point total here, but I’m expecting offenses to be a little slow out of the gates due to not having a real preseason to shake off the rust. Between an improved Seahawks’ defense, a shaky Falcons’ roster, and expected slopiness early in the season, there’s enough here for me to bet on the under.

My prediction: Seahawks win 26-20, Seahawks cover the spread, under 49.0 points scored

Daily Fantasy Picks

Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cookís injury could hinder his fantasy ceiling on Sunday. Given that the Minnesota Vikings have a great run-blocking offensive line, they will have success leaning on any of their backs. In addition, the Saints defense ranks in the top five in terms of limiting opponent rushing yards per game. Therefore Cook is a low-end RB2/decent flex option this weekend.

Kyle Rudolph

Fantasy owners should stray away from Kyle Rudolph on Sunday. Over his last four games, Rudolph has failed to record a touchdown reception, which is alarming, considering Rudolph excels the most in the red zone. Additionally, the Saints have held tight ends to five touchdowns this season, which further lowers his ceiling. Therefore, he is solely a TE3 option, who should be avoided if possible.

Stephon Diggs

Stephon Diggs is a reliable WR1 option on Sunday. Over his last five games, Diggs has been a reliable fantasy receiver who is averaging nearly 15 fantasy points per game. Given that Diggs has 94 targets along with a 4.3% drop rate, Kirk Cousins is likely to look for him since he is dependable. Also, since Thielen is struggling post-injury, Diggs is expected to have one of his best outings of the season this weekend.

Drew Brees

Over the last month, Drew Brees is averaging an outstanding 28.3 fantasy points per game. Brees has been both productive and efficient by throwing for 250+ yards and 3+ TDs in five of his last six games. Despite a matchup against a daunting Minnesota defense, you can expect Brees to perform well since he has been effective this season against tough defenses like the 49ers. Therefore, Brees is slated to be a QB1 in most leagues.

Jared Cook

As of right now, Jared Cook is a high-end TE2 in most leagues. Even though Cook hasnít received a high number of receptions since Week 13, he has been able to maximize his yards per reception by exploiting favorable matchups against slower linebackers. With Eric Kendricks possibly inactive for Sunday, Cook is likely to continue this same success against the Vikings defense. Especially considering that Cook has scored 10+ fantasy points in nine of his last ten outings, he is a dependable TE with a higher floor than the average tight end.

  
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