Seahawks-Falcons: What to watch
Home-field advantage, passing game tip scales toward Falcons
|Seattle at Atlanta|
|When: 1:00 PM ET|
After watching film of both teams, Scouts Inc. breaks down key elements of the divisional-round matchup between the Seahawks and Falcons.
• Get a ground game going: The Georgia Dome will be loud and full of emotion, giving the Falcons the immediate advantage, but that doesn't mean that ignoring their rushing attack is a good idea as the game goes along. And the running game is the biggest weakness to this offense. Michael Turner isn't what he once was and no longer shows top lateral agility or burst. Jacquizz Rodgers is ideally a change-of-pace type rather than a back suited for a full workload. This running game is very different depending on which back is in the game. With Turner, Atlanta uses heavier personnel and rarely goes to its potent hurry-up attack. With Rodgers, the Falcons are usually in passing mode. Still, all this being said about their deficiencies in the run game, the Falcons' offense is one of the best on first downs in the league, which obviously helps it stay out of unfavorable down-and-distance situations. Against a superb Washington running offense, Seattle held Alfred Morris to 80 yards on the ground. That number is misleading, as the Seahawks were often handled in the trenches. But overall, opposing running backs have done very little against the Seahawks of late.
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