Monday Night – Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks
Monday night in Week 11 brings us another battle of the birds in the NFC. The last time these squads met, it came down to a long pass down the field to Julio Jones… The ball hit the ground and the Seahawks walked away with a close win. Will it be so close time around or will one of these teams display their dominance on Monday Night Football?
Keys to the Game
Atlanta should do what they do best: score. The Falcons need to bombard Seattle with a good mix of runs and passes as they move down the field and put points on the board. They’ve already shown they can score on the Legion of Boom, so they need to do it early to maintain that confidence. Getting out to an early lead will allow those Atlanta pass rushers to pin their ears back and go after Russell Wilson. Vic Beasley was a menace to quarterbacks last year and should be even better this year. Getting after Wilson is a good way to halt any comebacks before they start.
Seattle needs to be on their game to win this one. It’s going to take a strong defensive effort on the defensive line and in the secondary. Atlanta is as versatile on offense as they come and have a superstar on the outside with Julio Jones. Richard Sherman will need to play a terrific game in order to keep Jones from breaking this one open. If he can do that, Seattle can focus their front 7 on slowing down the run game and getting after Matt Ryan. Keeping the score close will allow Russell Wilson to work diligently and pick apart a very average defense en route to victory.