Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today — Friday, January 13 — about your Seattle Seahawks:
12 Questions With Marcel Reece
Seahawks fullback Marcel Reece talked with Kaci Aitchison of Q13 FOX and answered 12 fun questions that show viewers another side of him. Reece discussed two drinks he's never consumed before, his favorite pregame meal and more. The full video is embedded for you above.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who shared his support for Tacoma-native Isaiah Thomas as he campaigns to make the NBA All-Star game.
The Seattle Times looked at the top-10 plays of the Seahawks' season.
John Clayton of 710 ESPN Seattle offers his keys to the game.
Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett was mentioned in NFL.com's analysis of players who can beat tight-coverage.
Tyler Lockett had a 58.3 percent catch rate on 12 targets. He did not qualify for the Top-10 because of the minimum threshold, but his performance was notable enough to make the bonus notes. It was a star-crossed year for Tyler Lockett as a PCL injury slowed the start and a broken fibula sacrificed the end. He's a dynamic player who can not only create easy separation but one who can win the difficult ones in tight coverage.
Matt Bowen of ESPN Insider looks at ways the Seahawks can beat the Falcons (Insider access is required to read the full article):
*2. Test the physicality of the Falcons' defensive front *
*Why it's important: During the regular season, the Falcons' defense allowed an average of 104.5 rushing yards per game (17th in the NFL) and 4.52 yards per carry (26th). And after Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries (6.0 yards per carry) in the wild-card win over Detroit, it's clear Seattle has a real opportunity to control tempo with the running game. Rawls hit the hole with speed versus the Lions; he played with excellent vision, and I love how he finishes runs. He forces defensive backs to get those pads down at the point of attack. He needs to see 20 touches on Saturday -- at least. *
NFL.com's Conor Orr highlights Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Seattle defensive coordinator Kris Richard as a matchup to watch.
Finally, The MMQB listed Russell Wilson as the fourth-most dangerous individual player for this weekend's Divisional matchups.
His contributions to the ground game are significant. Even when he's just handing it off, the Seahawks wisely structure many of their plays in a way that forces a backside defender to account for the QB. When that backside defender starts to stray from this responsibility, Wilson becomes a rushing weapon himself. Then there's the issue of Wilson's legs in the passing game. Atlanta's four-man rush is predicated on stunts that send NFL sack-leader Vic Beasley on wide-looping rushes inside. Do they still employ these against a mobile QB who is so dangerous when getting outside the pocket? If the Falcons choose to rush Beasley straight up the field, where he's in position to contain, then they're relying on their straight four-man rush, which was extremely inconsistent throughout the year. Atlanta's back seven isn't good enough to survive late into the down when Wilson goes into sandlot mode. It's vital the Falcons get bodies near the quarterback. They just need to approach this with caution.
The Seahawks and Falcons have battled 16 times, including playoffs, since 1976, with Seattle owning 10 victories. The two teams meet again this Saturday in the Divisional Round of the playoffs at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.