Two teams that many felt would be in rebuild mode this season will meet in the upper northwest this Sunday, as the Atlanta Falcons will travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks and their raucous fanbase. Atlanta comes into this one at 0-2, with two hard-luck losses. The Falcons blew a 23-10 lead and lost 27-26 to the New Orleans Saints in Week 1. They then played the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams squad tight in a 31-27 loss last week.
As for the Seattle Seahawks, in Week 1, they won their revenge game against Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos. Last week, they weren’t so fortunate, as they ran into their division rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, and lost 27-7.
Here is a brief preview for each of the two teams, and then we’ll give you our prediction for the game so you can bet against their NFL Odds.
NFL Atlanta Falcons vs Seattle Seahawks Betting Preview for Week 3 | The Battle of the Birds
The Falcons have a vastly different look this season. Gone is all-time leading passer Matt Ryan, as he was traded to Indianapolis in the offseason. The Falcons signed free agent signal-caller Marcus Mariota to replace Ryan. Mariota has played ok in the first two games, as he has thrown for just over 400 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Running back Cordarrelle Patterson looked good in Week 1, but was held to just 41 yards last week. Second-year tight end Kyle Pitts has yet to get going, so we’re looking for him to take off soon. Rookie wide receiver Drake London has played well in his first two games as a pro. He has 160 yards receiving with one touchdown. Mariota and the offense have been ok, but Atlanta will need more from its defense if it wants to get anything accomplished this season.
Now that Russell Wilson is no longer a Seahawk, Seattle’s offense has a different look as well. Journeyman quarterback Geno Smith beat out Drew Lock for the starting job. Smith played well in the win over Denver, but he couldn’t get much going against the 49ers last week, as Seattle could only muster seven points. With Smith at the helm, DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett haven’t been near the factors that they were with Wilson. Rashaad Penny has run the ball well, but he’s been the lone bright spot for the Seattle offense.
The Seattle defense is no longer one of the league’s elite units. Now that Bobby Wagner is no longer in Seattle, there are no remaining pieces from the “Legion of Boom” era. This is a young, up-and-coming group, but it still has a long way to go.
The Seahawks are 1.5-point home favorites in this one. The betting numbers really don’t favor either team, as the Seahawks are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven home games, while the Falcons are 6-2-1 against the spread in their last nine games away from home. We really don’t have a good feeling either way in this one. We’re going to give the Seahawks the advantage because they’re playing at home. They win a tight one by a late field goal.