The Seahawks vs Falcons week 6 match up should be one of the best games of the season so far when red-hot quarterback Matt Ryan comes to town.
Let’s face it, week 6 will be the toughest test the Seattle Seahawks have faced yet. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is having a career year under Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and Atlanta is 4-1 after shredding the Broncos in Denver last week.
Seattle has had a very weak schedule to start the season.
They started off with a 12-10 win versus the Miami Dolphins, then a disappointing 9-3 loss to the Rams. The offense really started to click though when the Seahawks demolished the 49ers 37-18 in Week 3. Then they kept the offense going in a 27-17 win over the Jets. Even though the Seahawks have had an easy schedule to start, they should come out ready to play against the Falcons after a Week 5 bye.
The Falcons have put together quite a season so far under former Seahawks Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn. After a 31-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Falcons pushed through to beat the Oakland Raiders 35-28. They easily beat the Saints 45-32, then topped that by taking down Cam Newton and the Panthers 33-48. To step it up even more, in Week 5 they came out and took down Denver 23- 16. Even with Paxton Lynch filling in for Trevor Siemian, it’s quite an impressive victory.
Seattle’s defense is top notch. They have allowed the third-fewest points per game, but the issue is Matt Ryan has had the Seahawks’ number for several seasons. The Seahawks are 1-3 against Atlanta under Pete Carroll, allowing 26.0 points per game, including the infamous last-second field goal to knock the Seahawks from the playoffs in 2012.
Even though Atlanta has had Seattle’s number the past few years, the Seahawks defense is much better than the defense the Falcons beat in 2012. The last time they saw each other in 2013, the Seahawks demolished the Falcons 33-10.
Both teams are very evenly matched this season, due to Seattle’s third-ranked defense and Atlanta’s offense. The NFL power rankings have Seattle slotted at number five with Atlanta close behind at number six.
The Falcons’ high-flying offense versus one of the best defenses in the league is gonna be one of the most intriguing games in Week 6. I definitely don’t expect this game to be a blowout, it should be close all the way till the end.
In the end though, if the Seahawks can keep Ryan in check and put points on the board, they shouldn’t have too hard of a time pulling this one out. Like I said, the Seahawks have to put points on the board, and that starts with Russell Wilson setting a good tempo. I also don’t think Atlanta can go into Seattle and beat a much better defense than any they have seen this season. Even though their offense has been flying high, Seattle is a tough place to win.