Falcons face Seahawks, look to avoid another 0-3 start

In two games, the Seahawks are the worst rushers in the league, averaging just 56 yards rushing and more pressure on QB Geno Smith.

SEATTLE (AP) – ATLANTA (0-2) at SEATTLE (1-1)

OPENING LINE: Seahawks at 1½, according to FanDuel SportsBook.

AGAINST DISSEMINATION: Falcons 2-0; Seahawks 1-1.

SERIAL RECORDING: Seahawks lead 12-8.

LAST MEETING: Seahawks beat Falcons 38-25 on September 13, 2020 in Atlanta.

LAST WEEK: Falcons lost to Rams 31-27; The Seahawks lost to the 49ers 27-7.

FALCONS OPEN: OVERALL (19), RUSH (7), PASS (22), SCORING (9).

FALCON’S DEFENSE: OVERALL (20), RUSH (15), PASS (22), SCORING (27T).

SEAHAWKS INJURY: OVERALL (31), RUSH (32), PASS (27), SCORING (29T).

SEAHAWKS DEFENSE: OVERALL (24), RUSH (25), PASS (24), SCORING (15T).

SALES DIFFERENCE: hawks minus-1; Seahawks minus 2.

FALCONS PLAYERS TO SEE: WR Drake London had eight catches for 86 yards and a career first touchdown against the Rams last week. He is the only rookie with five or more receptions in each of the first two weeks of the season. His early success is important for the Falcons and should hopefully create more chances for TE Kyle Pitts, who is off to a slow start.

SEAHAWKS PLAYERS TO WATCH: Expectations were high for pass rusher Darrell Taylor early in the season after 6½ sacks last year. Taylor’s most notable moment to date was when he started a tackle from Deebo Samuel that led to a 51-yard running play and a field goal for the 49ers. Taylor has three tackles, two QB hits and no sacks in two games. The Seahawks need more.

KEY COMPARISON: Seattle’s offense should be based on being able to run effectively with the combination of Rashaad Penny and Ken Walker III. In two games, the Seahawks are the worst rushers in the league, averaging just 56 yards rushing and more pressure on QB Geno Smith. The Falcons were hit by New Orleans in Week 1, but last week they limited the Rams to 65 yards rushing — although a running play that lost 26 yards helped.

KEY VIOLATIONS: Falcons backup CB Darren Hall was dealing with a knee injury that limited him in training. Hall had a forced fumble and recovery last week. The Seahawks are expected to be without defenseman Shelby Harris (glute/personal reasons). Left-back Damien Lewis (square) and CB Justin Coleman (wade) will likely be matchday deciders. CB Artie Burns (groin) could make his debut of the season.

SERIES NOTES: The last time the teams met was in the season opener of the COVID-19-hit 2020 season, which Seattle won 38-25 in Atlanta. The Seahawks have won five of the last six meetings of the regular season, but Atlanta is 3-1 at Seattle during the tenure of Pete Carroll, who is in charge of the Seahawks.

STATISTICS AND STUFF: The Falcons are trying to avoid a 3-0 start for the second time in three seasons. Atlanta started 2020 0-5. … Falcons stayed on the West Coast after last week’s game in Los Angeles and trained all week in Seattle at the University of Washington. … QB Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy during his college career in Oregon. Mariota has a career start against Seattle, coming in 2017 when she plays for Tennessee. Mariota was sacked three times and threw two interceptions against the Rams last week. … London may become the second player to have at least five receptions and 70 reception yards in his first three NFL games. Andre Johnson accomplished the feat in 2003. … TE Kyle Pitts needs 18 yards to move up to second in franchise history for most yards in the first 20 games of a career. … LB Mykal Walker is one of three players with an interception, forced fumble and sack in the first two weeks. … CB Casey Hawyard had his 25th career interception last week. He’s one of four active players with at least 110 passes defended and 25 interceptions since 2012. …Seahawks haven’t scored a point of attack since the second quarter of week one, a span of six quarters and 92 minutes, 24 seconds. … QB Geno Smith is completing the best 81% of his passes in the league in two weeks. … WR Tyler Lockett had nine catches for 106 yards last week, his 16th career game with at least 100 yards reception. … LBs Jordyn Brooks and Cody Barton each had doubles in the first two weeks. They’re the only pair of teammates in the league to do that in two games.

FANTASY TIP: Seattle’s running defense has been shaky in two games, and while it took center stage this week, the threat of a running QB at Mariota could open the door to a big play from RB Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson had a career-high 120 yards in Week 1.

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