This post is the second part to Turner_The _Burner's post Best Case Scenario vs. The Seahawks. Please have a read of it here.
It's that time of the week again when Turner_The_Burner and I, dunlagh, will give you a breakdown of the 3 best case and 3 worst case situations for the game. These will focus on different parts of the Falcons game where they could soar or suffer against our opponents. Obviously we’re Falcons fans, and have a bit more knowledge of the Dirty Birds than some other teams, so if you’re a visitor or just an NFL purist and we make a shocking mistake, please call us out on it! Other than that I hope you enjoy our work.
The start of the season has been a bit of a disappointment for The Falcons. The potential of this team hasn't shown its head for extended periods of time however it doesn't mean all is lost. Yes there are some serious concerns in our team but there are also somethings we can look forwards to. JJ is performing excellently to start the season, our pass rush has stepped up admirably and Tony G doesn't look like a man on the edge of retiring. On that note, this game will be a lot different then our past 3 match ups. We have played 3 playoff caliber teams who we challenged admirably but the Seahawks aren't so dangerous, despite their surprising playoff run last year, they will struggle to repeat that performance again in what is considered the NFL's weakest division, still - the 12th man always puts up a fight in Seattle and they wont be a pushover. So entering week four, we officially give you the third Best Case/Worst Case Scenario analysis for 2011
I get to play the role of doomsayer, as I speak about 3 areas where Seattle can hurt us bad. Seattle is a very inconsistent team which has a lot of potential, but struggles to maintain anything positive for very long, regardless this off season they bolstered their passing game, with additions like Sidney Rice and Zach Miller. And with the ever deadly Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, you just never know what you are going to get. So the 3 worst case scenarios for the Falcons are - Bosher's a bust, Lynch carries the team and Seattle shows up to play.
Bosher's a Bust: But wait isn't there more important things that could go wrong in this game then just Matt Bosher's crappy leg? Yes. However this is a reality that we are facing currently and is a very real situation where it could cost us some much need points. Now considering the fact that our Offense hasn't been very amazing lately and the Defense of Seattle is definitely their stronger side, there is a chance we may be forced to punt a few times, maybe even over 5 times. Considering Bosher is averaging a measly 35.7 yards per punt he isn't going to give our defense much room for error. A poor offensive series inside our 30 yard line followed by a trademark Bosher punt will result in almost certain points for them. When you would be hoping your punter could launch the ball as far from your end zone as possible, Bosher instead doesn't nearly cover half the field and forces our defense to play smart all game long giving nothing to Lynch or their potentially deadly WR's. Bosher is on his last leg here, and if he shanks this game, he might be punted off the team.
Lynch carries his team: The Falcons have been less then fantastic at tackling this year, which has caused our run game to be significantly less impressive then in previous years, despite the best efforts of Lofton and 'Spoon. The Falcons are currently ranked 20th against the run this year allowing over 110 yards per game, the lack of the ever amazing USS Babineaux doesn't help, however it still doesn't excuse us from allowing so many yards with such good players in our front 7. Lynch is a very odd player, he will have games where he will do less then nothing as shown by Seattle's 29th ranked rushing game. He currently has 117 yards averaging a pitiful 39 yards per game. However there is that occasional time when Lynch decides that he will score a touchdown, and when he decides he will score a touchdown you cannot stop him, ever. Thank god he doesn't often think about touchdowns otherwise we might be in trouble. Exhibit A of the inability to stop Lynch comes from last years playoff game, where he took on the whole Saints defense more or less by himself. Chances are you have seen this many times but its worth watching again.
You never know when he will strike, and with Falcons less then spectacular tackling this year. Who knows?
Seattle Shows Up to Play: So Seattle define inconsistent. They struggle to keep there offense going from quarter to quarter let along game to game. However when there offense goes, it goes. Exhibit A will always be beating the Saints in the playoffs last year after finishing the season 7-9. However as bad as they play they do have some very good pieces. Their passing game, despite being extremely lackluster, has a lot of good parts including: Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Mike Williams, Ben Obomanu, Golden Tate, Zach Miller and John Carlson (when healthy). A very, very solid receiving group. In fact with most other QB's besides Tavaris Jackson, they could become a bit of a powerhouse. Then if you add in a Lynch who has an active passing game, it starts to snowball into a deadly offense who may be able to challenge our defence. On the other side of the ball: Marcus Troufant, Kam Chancellor (Palpatine) and Earl Thomas make up a decent group of defensive backs who wont be nearly as deadly as our recent competition but aren't pushovers either. Their LB's are ok without being notable and their front 4 are slightly better, with Bandon Mebane being a decent DT while Raheem Brock and Chris Clemons provide a considerable amount of the pass rush from the edge (with 20 sacks between them last season). There defense is far less memorable compared to their offense however they are far more consistent and will probably provide the biggest issue. But with the Seahawks, you just never know.
Unfortunately that is all we have for you this time but leave a comment or a question and we can cover any other points of interest. Please check back every week for the Best Case/Worst Case Analysis of the upcoming game. Until next time, I wish you good luck and all the best to the Falcons - this should be one hell of a game.