The Opposing View: An Insider's Look At The Seahawks' Week 3 Opponent, The Atlanta Falcons

Five questions from; five answers from Falcons digital managing editor Scott Blair.

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London (5) celebrates with teammate quarterback Marcus Mariota after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The Seahawks (1-1) host the Falcons Sunday looking to bounce back from a tough Week 2 loss to the 49ers. Atlanta, which spent the week practicing at the University of Washington after last week's game in L.A., is looking for its first win of the season after dropping close games to New Orleans and the Rams. To help get you ready for Sunday's game, we reached out to Falcons digital managing editor Scott Blair with five questions about this week's opponent:

What went into the decision to stay on the West Coast all week, and what are the Falcons hoping to get out of the trip?

Bair: The Falcons don't travel to the West Coast often, and they asked the NFL to scheduled their NFC road trips back to back so they could avoid making two cross country treks.

Cutting down on travel was the primary reason for staying in Seattle all week, but they are also hoping to use this time to come together and bond as a team. Last week's loss to the Rams didn't kick the trip off right, but they're working hard to rebound and get their first win of the season on Sunday.

It's popular in sports to say there's no such thing as moral victories, but the Falcons have been awfully close in both of their losses. Is there a sense within the team that they're close to breaking out, or is it frustration that they've come up short in back-to-back weeks?

Bair: The Falcons started the 2021 season at 0-2 and this campaign the same way, but, to your point, this 0-2 feels very different than a year ago. The Falcons feel much better about where they are offensively and defensively this time around. They're running the ball well behind a resurgent offensive line. They're creating turnovers and quarterback pressure at a solid clip.

And while they're disappointed in their overall record, they think they're ready to break through and play the complete game required to get a win.


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There's be a decent amount of buzz around here about the Seahawks' rookie class contributing early. It sounds like there's a similar situation in Atlanta? What have Drake London and company added to the team early this season?

Bair: The Falcons are counting on their draft class quite a bit this season, and have gotten solid returns from Drake London and second-round pick Arnold Ebiketie.

Drake London is an early favorite to win offensive rookie of the year, and will be a contender if he continues playing like he has to start the season. He's a big-receiver who is both a deep threat and a catch-and-run receiver who can seemingly do it all.

Also keep an eye out for fifth-round running back Tyler Allgeier, who has assumed a larger role with veteran Damien Williams on injured reserve. The BYU product is a tough, physical runner who excels between the tackles and in short-yardage situations.

Who is a player or players who you think could be an X-factor for the Falcons on Sunday?

Bair: I think this game will come down to how much quarterback pressure the Falcons can generate on Geno Smith. Veteran Lorenzo Cater could play a huge role off the edge. If he gets going and is winning one-on-one matchups, the front seven can be impactful in harassing the quarterback and creating turnovers, as they have so often over the first two games.

What matchup or matchups are you most looking forward to seeing play out in this game?

Bair: That's an easy one. I can't wait to see how the Falcons cornerbacks handle DK Metcalf. AJ Terrell and Casey Hayward are some of the best in the business, and could be effective even against an elite talent like Metcalf. Terrell has struggled some in the red zone and given up a bunch of touchdowns to top receivers, so he'll have to be ready for those important situations on Sunday.

The Seahawks and the Falcons will meet this Sunday at Lumen Field during Week 3 of the 2022 season. Take a look back at photos from past games between the two teams.

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