Good afternoon, 12s.
Here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today —Monday, October 10 — about your Seattle Seahawks as they return from the bye week and prepare to face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 6:
What They’re Saying: Falcons at Seahawks
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times says Sunday’s matchup between Atlanta’s high-powered offense and Seattle’s intimidating defense is another example why you shouldn’t judge schedules in the spring.
Atlanta provides Seattle with a good test to see where they are as a team, writes ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is playing at an MVP level, writes Frank Schwab of Yahoo! Sports:
It’s way too early to talk about NFL MVP (though we all do anyway), but this is also true: If you’re picking an MVP a little less than one-third into the season, it has to be Ryan.
If it looked like Ryan’s 503-yard game last week was due to Julio Jones going off for 300 yards, that’s fair. But you have to account for Sunday, too.
Ryan faced the toughest defense in the NFL on the road, and he played well despite Jones having just 29 yards. The Atlanta Falcons beat the Denver Broncos 23-16, a win that should make everyone take notice. Ryan had 267 yards on just 28 attempts, with a touchdown and no interceptions. The Broncos’ defense has made quarterbacks like Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Andy Dalton and Jameis Winston look bad this season. Playing quarterback at Denver, against a great Broncos defense, has been just about impossible the past couple seasons. Yet Ryan did it very well.
Peter King of TheMMQB took note of Atlanta’s pass rush against the Broncos:
Three noticeable players from the 23-16 Atlanta upset of the Broncos in Denver: edge rushers Vic Beasley and Adrian Clayborn, and physical safety Keanu Neal. I certainly am spoiled by Dwight Freeney, who had three significant pressures, but those newbies (all acquired in the past 19 months) really stood out. Paxton Lynch, in his first NFL start, was sacked six times, and the Broncos rushed for just 3.5 yards per carry. It’s true that we’re entranced by the multiplicity of the Atlanta offense, but the Falcons earned their fourth win Sunday because they can finally send rushers after the quarterback who get home.
And lastly, five Seahawks players that will be key the remaining 12 games of the season.
Tweet Of The Day
Today’s “Tweet of the Day” comes from Seahawks defensive back Tyvis Powell, who sent this tweet out on Sunday while the team was off.