NFL Preview; Falcons vs Seahawks

At one game under .500, most teams would be looking forward to the 2011 NFL draft or perhaps looking to make sweeping changes, but the Seattle Seahawks (6-7) are tied for first place in the NFC West, the weakest division maybe in the history of the NFL. No team has made it to the playoffs with a 7-9 record but this could be the year. The Seahawks, though, have a big challenge in week 15 during the NFL season as they versus the Atlanta Falcons (11-2).

After losing 40-21 to the San Francisco 49ers last week, the Seahawks do not have the appearance of a team shooting for the playoffs. Seattle has had some bad losses this season and have bounced back each time with a win but the team has lost three of four games. The Seahawks, though, are 4-2 at home and have been competitive in most of their games in Qwest Field. QB Matt Hasselbeck has thrown for just 12 TD passes against 15 INTs and has been sacked 28 times. The running game is ranked 31st in the league and has been unable to sustain much of an attack. Seattle’s defense hasn’t been much help either and has allowed an amazing 5,008 total yards of offense and 38 passing touchdowns. The Seahawks, though, have scored on 6 returns, 2 on defense, and 4 by Leon Washington on punt and kick-off returns.

Atlanta has won seven straight games and has carved out the best record in the NFC. The Falcons feature elite talent in Matt Ryan, Roddy White, and Michael Turner, and an under-rated defense. With Ryan and White, the Falcons have one of the best QB-WR combos in football, and the two could combine to have a huge day in Seattle.

Atlanta is favored by -6 points on the road.

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