3 key matchups: Falcons vs. Seahawks

 

CenturyLink Field (the stadium formerly known as Qwest Field) is the loudest field in the National Football League. (Pressbox view) (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

CenturyLink Field (the stadium formerly known as Qwest Field) is the loudest field in the National Football League. (Pressbox view) (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Falcons SS William Moore vs. Seahawks TE Zach Miller: The Seahawks are still trying to incorporate Miller into the offense. The former Oakland Raider was considered the top pass-catching tight end available in free agency. He ranks as one of the top tight ends in receiving yards since his second season in the NFL (2008), with 187 catches for 2,309 yards, He’s 75 yards behind Indianapolis’ Dallas Clark for fifth place.

Falcons LT Sam Baker vs. Seahawks DEs Red Bryant/Raheem Brock: Baker suffered an ankle injury against Tampa Bay and was limited in practice Wednesday. Baker has been battling, but has had tough assignments against Chicago’s Julius Peppers, Philadelphia’s Trent Cole and Tampa Bay’s Adrian Clayborn. Bryant plays end on run downs and then slides inside to tackle on passing downs. Brock, who had nine sacks last season, comes in to rush the passer. They help anchor a line that has allowed only 2.7, 3.5 and 3.2 yards per carry through the first three games.

Falcons coverage units vs. Seahawks KR/PR Leon Washington: Washington became the first player in NFL history to return three kickoffs for touchdowns in two different seasons (2007, 2010). Last season against the Chargers, he became the 10th player in NFL history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a game. The Falcons already have faced Chicago’s Devin Hester and Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson, two of the most lethal return men in the NFL. Washington averages 21.5 yards on kickoff returns and 7.7 on punt returns this season, but has not scored a touchdown.

2011 Regular Season           Seahawks        Falcons
Record                                              1-2                     1-2
Total Yards Gained                        644                     1,029
Total Offense (NFL Rank)             214.7 (31)            343.0 (19)
Rush Offense                                    72.3 (29)             92.7 (19)
Pass Offense                                      142.3 (30)         250.3 (18)
Points Per Game                                 10.0 (30)           20.0 (T17)
Total Yards Allowed                         954                     1,119
Total Defense                                     318.0 (10)            373.0 (22)
Rush Defense                                        99.7 (13)            112.0 (20)
Pass Defense                                       218.3 (10)            261.0 (22)
Points Allowed/Game                          22.3 (T16)           25.7 (T24)
Possession Avg.                                    26:07                    26:55
Sacked/Yds. Lost                                 14/100                 13/93
Sacks Made/Yds. Lost                            5/34                      5/23
Interceptions By                                       2                           4
Penalties/Yds.                                        25/177                  23/172
Punts/Avg.                                             23/47.3                 15/35.7
Turnover Differential                            -2 (T20)               -2 (T20)

 –D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Gritz Blitz

September 30th, 2011
8:58 am

Go Falcons! We get back on track this week.

The Big Fat Blogger

September 30th, 2011
9:00 am

We got to go into this game and make a statement this weekend against Seattle, time to unleash the Beast!!!!!

sknfan

September 30th, 2011
9:05 am

VickWho

September 30th, 2011
9:15 am

Happy thoughts! Happy thoughts? Sad to say, but this is huge game for us….

Stepchild

September 30th, 2011
9:21 am

“The Green Bay game was a bad ending to what we thought was a very good season,” said Dimitroff. “There’s no question that, in the offseason, we contemplated what went wrong. But I say this with honesty — it’s not like we dwelled on it. Sometimes, you think about something like that, but it’s not the end-all, be-all driving force in the development of this team. What we did realize is to be a significant player in this league you have to be able to go tit-for-tat with the offensive powerhouses.

HMMM….interesting…..They didn’t dwell on it…..huh??

Stepchild

September 30th, 2011
9:22 am

Falcons: 24 Seattle: 17

Stepchild

September 30th, 2011
9:22 am

“The Green Bay game was a bad ending to what we thought was a very good season,” said Dimitroff. “There’s no question that, in the offseason, we contemplated what went wrong. But I say this with honesty — it’s not like we dwelled on it. Sometimes, you think about something like that, but it’s not the end-all, be-all driving force in the development of this team. What we did realize is to be a significant player in this league you have to be able to go tit-for-tat with the offensive powerhouses.

Stepchild

September 30th, 2011
9:23 am

The Green Bay game was a bad ending to what we thought was a very good season, said Dimitroff. There’s no question that, in the offseason, we contemplated what went wrong. But I say this with honesty — it’s not like we dwelled on it. Sometimes, you think about something like that, but it’s not the end-all, be-all driving force in the development of this team. What we did realize is to be a significant player in this league you have to be able to go tit-for-tat with the offensive powerhouses.

Stepchild

September 30th, 2011
9:23 am

“The Green Bay game was a bad ending to what we thought was a very good season,” said Dimitroff. “There’s no question that, in the offseason, we contemplated what went wrong. But I say this with honesty — it’s not like we dwelled on it.

drmaryb.(*_*).

September 30th, 2011
9:23 am

Harvey Dahl?

Bad release of a tough guy and very good player. Sam should be on the practice squad and on the bench press machine – daily!

Season Ticker Holder

September 30th, 2011
9:26 am

This is an ugly match up. However the Falcons will win! 31 – 10

Stepchild

September 30th, 2011
9:27 am

Dimitroff continued: Sometimes, you think about something like that, but it’s not the end-all, be-all driving force in the development of this team. What we did realize is to be a significant player in this league you have to be able to go tit-for-tat with the offensive powerhouses.

Better Rise up Fellas!! The quest for an “explosive” offense continues……

FalconDawg

September 30th, 2011
9:27 am

I get that “here we go again” feeling. Sure hope I’m wrong! Baker has got to man up if we’re to have any success. I believe we’ll pull this one out tho.

Stepchild

September 30th, 2011
9:28 am

I’d like to see the Falcons spread’em out a little bit ….use Jizz Rodgers in open space and see what he can do.

Stepchild

September 30th, 2011
9:30 am

If the offense isn’t clicking…..the question will be can Matt Ryan punt the ball? I’m sure we’ve got somebody on the team that can punt the ball better than the PUNTER!!!! He is killing me week in & week out.

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Einstein

September 30th, 2011
10:24 am

Seattle’s offense is anemic. No way we don’t beat them this weekend. The only way we lose to Seattle is if Ryan throws like 3 picks and Turner fumbles twice. If we don’t turn the ball over in this game, no way we lose. Our defense should be able to keep Seattle’s offense in check for most of the game.

Einstein

September 30th, 2011
10:25 am

Falcons win 30-14…Falcons are tired of losing

Rikus

September 30th, 2011
10:30 am

Time to take our revenge on Homer Simpson… er, I mean Tavaris Jackson.

R Brown

September 30th, 2011
11:11 am

Is it too much to ask that we take this game convincingly? Is it too much to ask that at least 50% of the time we score a touchdown when we get to the redzone? Is it too much to ask that we see this explosiveness I’ve heard so much about? Is it too much to ask that the OL gets their swagger, mojo, attitude or whatever you call it back? Is it too much to ask the OC calls just 5 pass plays over 30 yards in the air? Is it too much to ask Michael Turner to cut left or right sometimes? Is it too much to ask our offense to outscore our defense? And finally;

Is it too much to ask that Arthur Blank NOT come on the field this game?

Boom Dizzle

September 30th, 2011
11:31 am

Falcons 28 Seahawks 14……Sam Baker misses team flight and protection improve 200%…

Mr. Swamp People

September 30th, 2011
11:33 am

DOL– Qwest field

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

September 30th, 2011
11:53 am

concerning the terrible punting….Koenen got 6 years 20 million, should the Falcons have matched it?

R Brown

September 30th, 2011
12:03 pm

The Seahawks offense is ranked 31 out of 32 teams in the NFL. They shouldn’t even score 7 points.

Virginia Jim

September 30th, 2011
12:10 pm

`Should` win game does not mean `Will` win game. I think we struggle as sometimes we play down to out competition.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 30th, 2011
12:30 pm

Mr. Swamp People — It’s now CenturyLink Field.

North FLA Falcon

September 30th, 2011
12:33 pm

After a slow start, a big play (maybe an INT or punt return) sparks the Falcons to go to no huddle and blows the game open. 27-10 Birds.

Lesa

September 30th, 2011
12:46 pm

The Falcons should win this weekend. For once, I would really like to see them obliterate an inferior opponent, but they will probably play down to the level of the Seahawks and eke out an ugly win. C’mon Falcons, prove me wrong and show us that much-hyped “explosive offense” we’ve been waiting for all summer. This is the perfect game to use to get right for the rest of the season.

Ed

September 30th, 2011
1:06 pm

Falcons fans will get to see the “explosive offense” next weekend…

Stepchild

September 30th, 2011
1:13 pm

from NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas, the NFC South is by far the most pass-happy division in the NFL. The Falcons (71.0 percent), Panthers (68.7) and Bucs (67.9) rank Nos. 2, 3 and 4 in the league in called pass percentage. Surprisingly, the Saints rank sixth at 66.8.

That means we are trying way too hard to be “explosive”….we aren’t THAT team.

Stepchild

September 30th, 2011
1:14 pm

Funny, the team in the South that passes the best….does it the least….go figure.

Stepchild

September 30th, 2011
1:15 pm

RUN THE BALL!!!!! Mularkey!!

AprilS

September 30th, 2011
1:26 pm

Cant wait to see this disaster of a game!!!

Call it like it is

September 30th, 2011
2:30 pm

How sad is it, when we have to refer to this game with the lowly seahawks as a must win. If they dont win, they might as well just stay over there on the west coast and look for another city that will take them.

Mr. Swamp People

September 30th, 2011
2:44 pm

DOL– i dont care what u say! it is Qwest field!

Bear

September 30th, 2011
3:39 pm

Good tune up game to fix are mental mistakes and gain some convidence before we battle the cheeseheads. Falcons 27-10. Rise Up Atlanta!

Ivan

September 30th, 2011
4:00 pm

It still amazes me with the issues our line has been having, people are concerned about the punter.

News Flash: The Offense shouldn’t be forced to a punt!

ctfalconsfan

September 30th, 2011
4:01 pm

We should beat this team 44-9 but will probably win 27-13

joseph duncan

September 30th, 2011
4:14 pm

This “Einstein” guy has no idea what he’s talking about. Your defense should be able to keep Seattle in check? Lmao!! The Steelers rank #2 in total defense. The 49ers rank #7 in total defense, and wayyy down yonder, we have the Falcons, who rank #22 in total defense. Keep Seattle’s offense in check?? Your too funny brother. Try and keep your o-line in check then come talk to me. The Falcon’s have given up how many sacks this year? I think about the same as Seattle. Only difference is, Seattle is starting 2 rookies, a second year player, a fourth year guy, and a backup. The Falcons line is composed of Veterans who have played together for awhile. No excuse for the way they are playing now. Don’t take Seattle so lightly my friend, this isn’t the same team you played last year. This team is built on defense, as you will soon see for yourself.

Enjoy the game ;)

joseph duncan

September 30th, 2011
4:18 pm

It’s gonna be loud. Bring your hearing aids.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

September 30th, 2011
4:32 pm

Sam Baker has got to go and soon. He is going to get Matt Ryan killed.

We Dat say gon beat dem Saints

September 30th, 2011
4:41 pm

Joey D, We’ll see on Sunday. I’m glad to know yall’re built on defense, because Tavaris Jackson is a bigger joke than Alex Smith. Quality QB’s out there in the NFC West, huh, good thing you got Bradford to bring up the curve. We’ll be seeing a lot of your defense, as the ATL D-Line will be in the backfield all day. Hell, Chris Owens might even get a sack.

Microbeer

September 30th, 2011
4:58 pm

It’s funny reading these comments. The Seahawks are going to punch you in the mouth on Sunday. No way you come here and roll us up. It was a close game last year until Hasslebeck started turning the ball over. And I know you guys remember the way New Orleans left the playoffs last year.

The Seahawks will stop the run and force Ryan to beat them. He’s good but he’s going to get hit. Alot. If the Seahawks score 20 they win the game.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

September 30th, 2011
5:25 pm

Seahawks are tough at home, just ask the aints. I’m not, nor never will be sold on T. Jackson, Falcons o-line shows improvement, makes sure the tackle with the t-rex arms gets a little help and the Falcons win 27-17.

fan

September 30th, 2011
5:55 pm

DOL, why is my comments being blocked?

D Block

September 30th, 2011
5:59 pm

David Ledbetter look just like Radio if you ask me, not the real Radio but the movie version. LOL

Falconsfan13

September 30th, 2011
6:25 pm

We need to play four quarters of Falcons football. Run the ball to set up the pass. We need to get back to our winning formula. Let’s go Falcons!!!! 34-14 Dirty Birds

curse's of roddy white

September 30th, 2011
7:37 pm

curse’s will carry on your team, vo0do0 of n o l a very powerful u see u all will see

Michael M.

September 30th, 2011
7:45 pm

If Atlanta goes up there and starts turning the ball over again…..forget about it ! If they watch the picks and fumbles they will win. I think it will be a close scoring game !