Atlanta Falcons vs Seattle Seahawks prediction & preview 14.01.17
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Divisional Playoff weekend will bang off with a NFC action amid the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, January 14, 2017.
Seattle, advancing in off a Wild Card weekend achievement over the Detroit Lions, defeated Atlanta 26-24 in Week 6. The Seahawks are led by quarterback Russell Wilson and arresting aback Richard Sherman.
Atlanta, advancing in off the bye and with the No. 2 berry in the NFC, owns the eighth-best scoring breach aback the NFL merger. The Falcons are led by quarterback Matt Ryan and advanced receiver Julio Jones.
The Seahawks almost survived, 26-24, at CenturyLink Field, and the Falcons acceptable still haven’t calmed down about the banderole that wasn’t befuddled on Richard Sherman adjoin Julio Jones in the final minutes, which could accept led to the acceptable points. And as we’ve seen, both teams, which had one accident anniversary traveling into that game, accepted to be the absolute thing. Particularly the Falcons, who, admitting the head-to-head loss, belted the Seahawks for the playoff bye and get the rematch in the Georgia Dome.
The Falcons aswell accept the MVP applicant in Matt Ryan, and the beneath adverse injuries (no Earl Thomas for Seattle again, of course). They even accept head-to-head postseason success adjoin a Pete Carroll/Russell Wilson Seahawks team, in 2012.
Falcons drillmaster Dan Quinn knows immediate how the Seahawks army to stop the run and blitz the passer. He’ll assurance in his able abhorrent band to accord Ryan a chance. Ryan will charge to adhere in there and attending to accomplishment the average of the field, area Seattle is down Thomas.
The Falcons, however, are after top bend Desmond Trufant for this one, giving both Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham solid matchups. The Seahawks’ abhorrent band is advancing off its best performance, arising Rawls in the wild-card round. Atlanta is a weaker run defense, and Wilson will be adequate adjoin its foreground seven to yield favorable abysmal shots. The home aggregation stays abutting to its league-best scoring from the approved season, but Seattle takes the shootout on the road.
Seattle’s first-round win over the Detroit Lions was their record-setting 10th beeline home playoff victory, convalescent their all-embracing home almanac this division to 8-1. The Seahawks accept just three wins in nine alley amateur dating aback to endure year’s playoffs, and their aegis has not looked the aforementioned in contempo weeks.
After assurance Earl Thomas suffered a season-ending abrasion adjoin the Carolina Panthers, the Seahawks bankrupt out the approved division by giving up 24.5 credibility per bold over the final four weeks. On Saturday, they’ll appointment a aggregation that’s been captivated beneath 23 credibility just already this season. Atlanta’s 33.8 credibility per bold are acceptable for eighth all time, and they’ve denticulate at atomic 30 credibility 11 times.
It’s why the over/under is set at 51.5, even admitting alone two teams gave up beneath credibility than Seattle in the approved season. It’s accessible that acceptance six credibility to Detroit was a assurance that the Seattle aegis of old will appearance up this postseason, admitting that acceptable had abundant added to do with a disturbing Lions offense.
The Seahawks are ninth in the league, accepting accustomed opponents to column an 85.0 passer rating. In the antecedent four years, they never ranked worse than fifth.
Just as this isn’t the aforementioned aegis that led the Seahawks to two Super Bowl appearances, this isn’t the aforementioned Matt Ryan that has struggled in accomplished postseasons. If he plays the way he has all year long, the Falcons will be headed to the NFC Championship Bold for a date with either the Dallas Cowboys or Green Bay Packers.