Perhaps it’s the hapless romantic in me, but the Falcons might be onto something. Atlanta is set to face a Seattle team with tons of bang-ups and bruises -- they’ve lost Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and C.J. Prosise in the last week. Tevin Coleman will need to set the pace on the ground in his first start since 2015 against a rough Seahawks front seven, though Atlanta should be able to take advantage of a depleted Seattle secondary (please feed Julio). Probable wizard Russell Wilson will never make it easy for anyone, but if they can hit close to the same coaching/execution balance they had against Dallas, the Falcons should be able to get out with their sixth win. Not to get your hopes up, but the team was at 6-4 after that Eagles loss in 2016...
Falcons 23 - Seahawks 21
A road win against the Seahawks is normally the exception to the rule, but this Seattle team has been riddled with key injuries this year that will give the Falcons a real shot at the win. The Seahawks OL is little more than 5 cardboard cutouts soaked in water while the secondary is injured enough to have some real liabilities. Their front four can still cause havoc, though, so this isn’t going to be a cakewalk by any stretch.
Falcons 27 - Seahawks 21
This team is hopefully feeling pretty confident coming off their big win against a shorthanded Cowboys squad. This week, they get the benefit of once again facing a team that is missing some important pieces in Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor. I think the Atlanta defense gained a little bit of that swagger back last week, so they may be poised for a big game. If Matt Ryan and the rest of the Falcons offense can take advantage of the injured Seattle secondary, the Falcons could get another big win against a team that they are directly competing with for a wild card spot. I’m not 100% sold on this pick, but I’m going with my gut. Falcons get a big win on the road and take another step toward being a playoff team this season.
Falcons 27 - Seahawks 24
At the end of the day, I have to bet on three (mostly) improved performances in a row telling the story of who these Falcons are at the moment. I have to bet that Seattle’s injury issues are going to make their life more difficult, even though they’re home and they have Russell Wilson. And I have to believe that in a close football game, Atlanta can hang on and win the way they’ve been playing of late. If I’m right, it’ll probably be another infuriating game, but ultimately a W. The Falcons need this.