Seahawks fall 27-23 to Falcons in Week 3 at Lumen Field

Geno Smith played another efficient game, but the Seahawks failed to defeat Marcus Mariota and the Falcons.

SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks played their first Sunday home game of the 2022 NFL season against the Atlanta Falcons, hoping to return to victory column after a tough loss to rivals San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.

Here are four takeaways from the Seahawks’ 27-23 loss at Lumen Field.

Geno Smith… cooks?

Smith rebounded from a tough performance against an elite 49ers defense by setting career bests on passes, completions and passing yards against the Falcons in the first half as Seattle carried a 20-17 lead into the half. In the end, Smith completed 32 of 44 passes for 325 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

The Seahawks nearly matched their first two game totals (24) in Week 3 when Smith found both DK Metcalf and Will Dissly for passing touchdowns.

Smith led the Seahawks on one last drive late in the fourth quarter to try and take the lead, but was intercepted on a fourth try to seal the loss.

Smith wasn’t perfect but he’s certainly improved on his disastrous performance in Week 2.

The Seahawks defense is missing injured leaders

Defensive end Shelby Harris, along with defensemen Justin Coleman and Joey Blount, were inactive for Sunday’s game, in addition to Jamal Adams, who was placed on injured reserve. The 0-2 Falcons took full advantage of the battered defense and amassed 27 points.

Corrdarelle Patterson rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown, and an Atlanta offense averaging 5.3 yards per game gained over 7 yards per game against the Seahawks defense.

One positive development was the Seattle high school courtesy of rookie Tariq Woolen being intercepted for the first time this season.

Protected Airspace

In the fourth quarter, an odd situation unfolded at Lumen Field resembling one of the University of Washington fans Saturday night at Husky Stadium.

A drone flying over the stadium prompted officials to temporarily suspend play while security sorted out the flying object and whether it posed a safety risk.

An on-air report on the show said Saturday night’s incident involved a University of Washington drone that lost connection and “gone rogue.”

There was no immediate information as to whose drone flew it over Lumen Field on Sunday.

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