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There’s certainly something to be said for the circular nature of life in the NFL. Dan Quinn is now coaching for his coaching life against the Seattle Seahawks, where he ran the league’s top defense for a couple of years in a row and got hired by this Falcons team, where his defensive reputation is unraveling in front of our eyes.
Make no mistake: Dan Quinn is not making it through this season with a job here in Atlanta, but the question still remains whether Arthur Blank will give him the usual full season before firing him, or if he will decide that things are so bad that an interim option is warranted. I don’t have a great feel for what the owner is going to do here, but an ugly loss to Seattle and a 1-7 record heading into the bye certainly feels like it might spur some action. A win, meanwhile, would likely delay the inevitable and give DQ a chance to spend the second half of the season to try to right the ship, or at least put some positive things on tape for the coaches and players who will be moving on.
Here’s what you need to know about the game ahead.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks, Week 8
When: Sunday, October 27, 1 p.m. EST
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Announcers: Sam Rosen, Ronde Barber, Sara Walsh
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Key Questions: Can the Falcons get after Russell Wilson to avoid becoming the only team in NFL history with no sacks in five straight games? Will Matt Ryan suit up, and if so, will he be effective? Can the Falcons get at least one unexpected win this year before the turnover hammer comes down?
Prediction: Falcons lose, 35-21
SB Nation Opposition Site: Field Gulls
2019 Falcons Schedule (1-6)
Week 1: @Minnesota Vikings — Loss
Week 2: vs. Philadelphia Eagles — Win
Week 3: @Indianapolis Colts — Loss
Week 4: vs. Tennessee Titans — Loss
Week 5: @Houston Texans —Loss
Week 6: @Arizona Cardinals — Loss
Week 7: vs. Los Angeles Rams — Loss
Week 8: vs. Seattle Seahawks — Sunday, October 27, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 9: BYE WEEK
Week 10: @New Orleans Saints — Sunday, November 10, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 11: @Carolina Panthers — Sunday, November 17, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 12: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, November 24, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 13: vs. New Orleans Saints — Thursday Night Football, November 28, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Week 14: vs. Carolina Panthers — Sunday, December 8, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 15: @San Francisco 49ers — Sunday, December 15, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Week 16: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars — Sunday, December 22, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 17: @Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, December 29, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)