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1:25 p.m. | Lumen Field | Seattle
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Three things we learned after the Seattle Seahawks ‘ 27-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon at Lumen Field.
The Seahawks’ pass defense was about as bad as could be early in the game, as Atlanta quarterback Marcus Mariota carved up the secondary in the first half with eight completions for 183 yards, for an average of 13.1 yards per attempt. 
Atlanta’s four-man receiving corps of Kyle Pitts, Olamide Zaccheaus, Drake London and Anthony Firkser averaged nearly 23 yards per reception, with all four catching a pass of at least 22 yards. 
Before Sunday’s game, the Seahawks had allowed opposing teams to complete 66.7% of their passes. Opposing offenses had also averaged 7.8 yards per passing attempt against the Seahawks over the first two weeks, the fourth-worst mark in the NFL.
The Atlanta Falcons, who had spent the week in Seattle after playing in Los Angeles, felt right at home at Lumen Field — even after giving the Seahawks something of a housewarming gift in the late going that appeared as if it might give the hosts a most-unexpected victory.
But after Seattle reached the Atlanta 24 with just over two minutes left, a penalty and a sack forced a fourth down. And Geno Smith then threw an interception on a vain attempt to Tyler Lockett.
That sewed up a 27-23 win for the Falcons in a game in which the Seahawks proved as defenseless as they ever have in Pete Carroll’s 13-year tenure as head coach.
Seattle forced only one punt all day and allowed Atlanta 386 yards and 7.1 per play in scoring at will.
It was a devastating loss for Seattle as the Seahawks fall to 1-2 and now play three of their next four games on the road.
Seahawks are going to lose this one. They got the ball back late with a chance to win, but their drive fell apart via a pair of sacks and ended on a Smith interception.

Final: Falcons 27, Seahawks 23
Atlanta with a first down and that may be that.
Uh oh. Smith scrambles and tries to hit Lockett and overshoot him and it's picked off.
Grady Jarrett with the really costly sack for Seattle out of a four-man rush. Seattle has fourth and 18 at the 38.
Wow! Falcons moving easily downfield and then Mariota simply drops the ball after keeping it on a handoff and Nwosu recovers with 5:12 left at the Seahawks 37.
Seahawks pick up the fumble!

4-point game with 5 minutes left.

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And we're back!!!
Not sure what the stoppage is here. Officials announced that players are to clear the field. Atlanta facing a second and 8 at Seattle 46 with 6:42 to play.
Sounds like we might have a serial drone pilot over football games in Seattle
Appears to be a drone issue stalling the action at Lumen Field. I remember how angry George Halas used to get when that happened.
Falcons another first down and now into Seahawks territory at the 48.
Cordarrelle Patterson leaping and running over defenders and Atlanta quickly to the 41.
Atlanta takes over at own 10. Seattle has forced only one punt all day and that came with the asterisk of a Mariota overthrow to a wide open receiver. Seahawks really need a stop now.
Third and 20 and Seahawks play it conservative with Smith dump off to Walker over middle. Atlanta gets the stop and the ball back with a 27-23 lead.
Rookie running back Ken Walker III had the first big play of his NFL career at the 7:28 mark in the third quarter with a 21-yard run that gave Seattle the ball at the 27-yard line. Walker had just 10 rushing yards on four carries last week against San Francisco, but Carroll hinted earlier in the week that Walker would be seeing a lot more touches in the weeks to come. 
Before Walker’s run, the rushing game had compiled only 64 total rushing yards in the game, with 33 of them coming from Rashaad Penny on the first drive.
The Seahawks have run 52 offensive plays through the first three quarters with 19 first downs, a far cry from last week’s subpar outing against the 49ers, when Seattle totaled just 47 plays and 14 first downs for the whole game. 
After throwing for 197 yards last week, Geno Smith has passed for 255 yards through the air on 23 completions, while the run game has 100 yards on the ground so far. Penny leads the running backs with 56 yards on 12 carries. 
The Seahawks elected not to go for it on fourth-and-2 at the Atlanta 7-yard line with 3:15 to go in the third quarter. Had they converted and gotten a first down, a touchdown seemed likely. 
Instead, Seattle had Jason Myers kick a 25-yard field goal, which put the team up by three points. On the very next drive, Atlanta went 75 yards on five plays and scored a touchdown on a 14-yard scoring pass from Mariota to Drake London. 
Instead of a 27-27 tie, the Falcons took a 27-23 lead. 
That's the end of the third quarter. Here are stats:
Falcons need just 2:36 to move 75 yards on 5 plays for a go-ahead touchdown. This game might come down to who gets the ball last.
And Falcons retake lead as Mariota hits London over middle and he takes it into end zone. 26-23 Falcons with 35 seconds left in third quarter.
Drake London spun away to give the @AtlantaFalcons the lead!

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Patterson now over the right side for 18 more to the 17.
Fourth and 1 from the 7, Pete Carroll elects to take the points. Myers' FG gives Seahawks a 23-20 lead with 3:11 left in the third.
Myers 25-yard FG is good and Seattle retakes lead at 23-20 with 3:11 left.
Seattle a creative package here with both Walker and Penny on field. Penny that time ran a deep route, Smith faked handoff to Walker and then hit wide open Walker to the 18.
Ken Walker with his first big play as a Seahawk, breaking a tackle and cutting across field for 21 yards. Seattle to the Atlanta 27.
Strip sack by Darrell Taylor on 3rd down, but Atlanta recovers, then kicks 54-yard FG. It's all tied up again, 20-20.
Mariota hit and fumbles after holding ball forever on third down. Taylor credited with sack and forced fumble. Now a really long FG.
Diggs with a personal foul on Mariota to get Atlanta to the 50.
Seattle wanted to shore up its run defense this week after what happened against the 49ers.
They’ve largely done that.
But, oh, the pass defense.
The Falcons seem to really be picking on cornerback Michael Jackson and safety Josh Jones as Marcus Mariota has thrown for 183 yards and 14.1 per attempt.
Seattle will have trouble winning this one if that continues.
Yep, the Geno chants are back as Smith has been almost perfect in the first half, completing 18-25 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns with a 125.1 passer rating. And Smith still has just one interception this season in 10 quarters.
Coach Pete Carroll said this week they wanted to give Smith a bit more freedom and Smith has proved worthy of it, being smart with his downfield shots and averaging 8.7 yards per attempt, after averaging 6.64 the first two games.
The Seahawks are being more aggressive in their passing game after deciding this week that their rookie tackles, Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas, are doing well in pass protection And so it is again today as Smith has had time throughout the half for longer-developing routes to work and able to get the ball downfield more.
Atlanta hasn’t appeared to blitz a whole lot, and it will be interesting to see if the Falcons try to be more aggressive in the second half.
Tariq Woolen an interception on final play of half but time runs out as he is tackled. Still, a fun moment for him to get his first career pick. First pick of year for the Seahawks.
Woolen with first career interception – and Seattle's first pick of the season — but he's tackled as the half ends. Seahawks lead 20-17 at intermission.
After forcing their first 3-and-out of the season, Seahawks' drive stalls at Atlanta 13, but a Myers' field goal gives Seattle a 20-17 lead with 5 seconds left in half.
Smith to Metcalf just OB on third down and Seahawks will settle for short field goal.
Third and 7 and again Smith has all day and hits Metcalf for 14.
Lockett back on the field on third down.
Smith hits Hart and Dallas out of no huddle handoff gets 16 more. Seattle in field goal range at least.
DK Metcalf just popped into the blue tent briefly to check on Lockett during the time out. Lockett still being examined.
Lockett out of blue tent and puts helmet back on as he heads to sideline. So he looks okay.
Atlanta getting nothing out of four man rush. Smith has time and hits Parkinson for 8 on third and 5.
Richie Grant a big hit on Lockett to break up second down pass and Lockett remains down on the field.
Lockett now up and walks off under own power.
Mariota again too long on another deep shot to Pitts on third down and Falcons will punt for first time. And that's Seattle defense first three-and-out this year.
The scoring play: Geno Smith and DK Metcalf made Pete Carroll’s decision to go for it on fourth down from the Falcons’ 41 look good with a 18-yard touchdown.
The drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:14.
The score: Seahawks 17, Falcons 17.
The highlight:
DK goes 🆙 and gets this one! 🏈
And now Smith to Metcalf for the TD. We have a shootout at Lumen. 17-16 pending the PAT.
Beautiful throw and catch, Smith to Metcalf for 18-yard TD, and Seahawks pull into a 17-17 tie late in first half.
Smith finds wide open Goodwin to the 18. Seahawks a good response drive here.
Walker in on third down and gets ball and no gain. Fourth and 2 and Seattle going for it at Atlanta 41.
DeeJay Dallas now serving as third down back with Homer out. Seattle facing third and 7 at own 28 and what already feels like a big play.
Patterson over right side for 17 yards and a TD and Atlanta takes a 16-10 lead with 8:12 to play in second quarter.
Cordarrelle Patterson shakes loose for the Falcons TD!

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Falcons with 219 yards on 24 plays, 9.1 per play so far.
Falcons another third down conversion as Mariota hits Pitts for 19 to the 17.
The Falcons are averaging 23 yards per reception today.

The Seahawks have given up completions of 28, 30, 23, and 22 yards.
Falcons with max protect and it's a 26 yard gain on third and 19.
Jefferson breaks loose and sacks Mariota on second and 10 for a loss of 9.
Seahawks blitz and Mariota lofts it to London who beats Jackson for 30 yards to the 42.
Travis Homer is now listed as out for the game with rib injury.
Geno Smith made the crowd chant his name for the second straight home game with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Will Dissly with just over four minutes to go in the first quarter. Smith is off to a hot start against the Falcons, completing 7 of his first 8 passes for 93 yards, including a 36-yard pass to Colby Parkinson. 
Coming into Sunday’s game, Smith was ranked ninth in the NFL with a quarterback rating of 99.1
The Seahawks pass defense has been susceptible to big plays so far, with Mariota already at 108 yards passing on five completions, including a 28-yard completion to Kyle Pitts, a 23-yard completion to Olamide Zaccheaus, and a 22-yarder to Anthony Firkser already under his belt. 
The Falcons are averaging 21.6 yards per reception, but the Seahawks pass rush has been effective so far, with two team quarterback hits and a sack from Coby Bryant. After allowing an opening drive touchdown, the Seahawks held Atlanta to a field goal to close out the first quarter.  
The Seattle offense broke its six-quarter scoring drought on the first drive of the game, as Jason Myers capped off an 11-play, 61 yard drive with a 32-yard field goal that gave the Seahawks an early 3-0 lead. 
Before that, the Seahawks offense had not scored since the second quarter of the season opener against Denver, when Smith connected with tight end Colby Parkinson for a 25 yard touchdown pass. Against San Francisco last week, the Seahawks offense was held scoreless on nine drives, with the only points coming on a Tariq Woolen blocked field goal, which Michael Jackson returned for a touchdown. 
Seahawks go three and out on third possession after confusion on second down leads to a 3-yard loss.
End of first quarter, Seahawks-Falcons tied at 10. Here are stats:
The scoring play: Penalties doomed the Falcons once they reached the end zone, as they settled for a 41-yard field goal from Younghoe Koo to tie it up at 10 late in the first quarter.
The drive: 9 plays, 52 yards, 4:05.
The score: Seahawks 10, Falcons 10.
Koo 41-yard FG is good and we have a tie game at 10 with 7 seconds to play in first quarter.
Seahawks still good in red zone on defense this year — opponents now just 3-11 scoring TDs in red zone.
Another hold on Atlanta but this time Seattle gets a sack and declines penalty. Bryant with the sack on the corner blitz.
Falcons called for holding on second down at the 7. Mariota pass incomplete. Seahawks take penalty to move Atlanta back.
Mariota now hits Pitts to the 11. Pitts in man coverage on Josh Jones, which is a tough matchup.
Mariota tries to hit Drake London in end zone but Jackson breaks it up. Mariota getting time to throw though.
Geno 7 of 8 for 93 yards and a TD with a QB rating of 154.7 through 2 possessions.
The scoring play: We’re in for a barnburner at this rate as Geno Smith hit tight end Will Dissly for an 18-yard touchdown in response to the Falcons’ scoring drive.
The drive: 6 plays, 74 yards, 2:58.
The score: Seahawks 10, Falcons 7.
The highlight:
A beauty from @GenoSmith3 down the middle for the score. 👏

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Seahawks respond with an impressive drive of their own, capped by 18-yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith to Will Dissly. Seahawks 10, Falcons 7, and there's still 4:17 left in the first quarter. Hope you took the "over"
Seahawks TD! Smith hits Dissly down the seam for 18 yards. Seattle retakes lead at 9-7.
Geno Smith has three TD passes this year, all to tight ends — two to Dissly and one to Parkinson.
Nice play there as Smith fakes handoff to Penny on third and one then hits wide open Parkinson for 26 to the 15.
Seahawks go empty on first down and Smith hits Metcalf on slant for 14.
Seahawks go no huddle again. Not something they have done much this year.
Travis Homer has rib injury and listed as questionable.
The scoring play: Marcus Mariota dives in for a 1-yard touchdown to cap off an easy first possession for the Falcons, during which tight end Kyle Pitts was a huge factor for the first time this season.
The drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:09.
The score: Falcons 7, Seahawks 3.
The highlight:
Jackson holding in end zone gives Falcons a first down at the 1.
It is a TD and Falcons have a 6-3 lead.
Falcons march down the field way too easily on Seattle for a touchdown to pull ahead, 7-3. It took seven plays to move 75 yards.
Falcons moving easily down field and now to the 3 after a Mariota pass to Pitts for 21.
Seahawks still without a three and out on defense as Mariota hits Pitts on third down to the 45.
The scoring play: Jason Myers hit a field goal from 32 yards out as a strong drive by the Seahawks, which included some nice runs for the first time this season, stalled at the 14-yard line.
The drive: 11 plays, 61 yards, 4:41.
The score: Seahawks 3, Falcons 0.
Jason Myers 32-yard field goal is good and Seahawks offensive scoring drought ends.
Drive stalls at 14 as Smith fade route to Metcalf incomplete in end zone. Terrell with the breakup.
Travis Homer just came off the field, looking like he is in some pain.
Smith will all day to throw and finds Metcalf for 13 yards on third and nine. Metcalf beat Terrell.
Penny now 35 yards on three carries. Seattle had 36 on 14 as a team last week.
Penny with 10 on first play and already a longer gain than Seattle had on any running play last week.
Sue Bird raising 12 flag.
Falcons call tails, win toss, defer. Seahawks get ball first and chance to break six quarter scoreless streak.
.@S10Bird checking in!
Seahawks take field in front of late arriving crowd.
As expected Quinton Jefferson starting in place of Shelby Harris on Seattle's DL today. Gabe Jackson/Damien Lewis the starting guards.
Xavier Crawford working as the backup corner on the left side in warmups and Isaiah Dunn on the right.
Sue Bird raising the 12 flag today.
Today we’re recognizing one of the most prolific basketball careers ever. @S10Bird will be our flag raiser to kick us off!
.@S10Bird spotting on the sideline. 👀
A couple messages from us to you, @S10Bird. 💚
Tyler Lockett, Dee Eskridge out for punt return warmups. DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer doing kickoff return warmups.
Seattle’s list of inactive players for Sunday’s game against Atlanta included one surprise — cornerback Sidney Jones IV, who entered training camp as the starter at left cornerback and, after missing time with a concussion during the preseason, has been presumed to be healthy. Jones was not on the injury report this week and was healthy and on the active roster last Sunday against the 49ers, though he did not play.
The other inactives were: cornerbacks Justin Coleman and Artie Burns, safety Joey Blount, defensive lineman Shelby Harris, receiver Dareke Young and offensive lineman Jake Ciurhan.
Harris had been ruled out earlier due to a glute injury and a personal matter, Blount is also dealing with a hamstring and was listed as doubtful, and Coleman has a calf injury and also was listed as doubtful. Both Blount and Coleman were inactive last week as well.
The others are healthy scratches, but Burns didn’t return to practice until this week after missing most of the preseason and the first two games with a groin injury.
Seattle have five cornerbacks active for Sunday — Michael Jackson, Tariq Woolen, Isaiah Dunn, Coby Bryant and practice squad callup Xavier Crawford.
RENTON — Given the low expectations greeting the Seahawks this season, it can be argued that no game in 2022 is make or break.
But if you’re riding with the thought that the Seahawks aren’t in full rebuild mode and can make a postseason run — coach Pete Carroll certainly is — then Sunday’s 1:25 p.m. game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lumen Field looks as must-win as any on the schedule.
That’s in part because observers from the start have viewed this game as one of the most winnable on the Seahawks’ schedule.
When it was released in May and betting odds were set on every game, the visit by Atlanta was one of only four in which the Seahawks were favored. It had the largest spread in their favor at three points (the other three in which they were favored are home games against the Giants, Carolina and Jets).
That three-point line was down to one Friday on — and down to even at — with many bettors apparently more impressed by how Atlanta has played in its 0-2 start than Seattle has in going 1-1. With NFL observers already questioning the Seahawks, it’s fair to wonder how often they’d be favored again this season if they can’t beat the Falcons at home.
Also making this a pivotal game is the Seahawks’ schedule.
RENTON — On Nov. 7, 1976, the Atlanta Falcons became the first NFL team to come to Seattle to play the Seahawks and leave as losers.
The Seahawks, playing their ninth NFL game, had one win already. But that came at Tampa Bay in what came to be known as “The Expansion Bowl.’’
Three weeks later, the Seahawks got what felt like their first “real’’ NFL win with a 30-13 defanging of the Falcons at the Kingdome.
The Falcons return 46 years later with the Seahawks hoping for a similar breakout performance to get their 2022 season back on track.
Here are our weekly keys to the game, and prediction.
RENTON — To Pete Carroll, Ken Walker is a reason to get excited. 
Sure, the Seahawks’ rushing game has been poor, combining for 112 yards over the first two weeks of the season, including just 36 on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. But this week Carroll hopes for some big improvement.
The always-optimistic Seahawks coach enthusiastically spoke about Walker, a rookie running back who is finally fully recovered from hernia surgery and primed for a larger workload in the coming weeks.
Seahawks fans got their first look at Walker last week, as the speedy second-round draft pick made his NFL debut in their 27-7 loss in Santa Clara, California. 
It wasn’t a big day statistically for Walker, who carried just four times for 10 yards, but Carroll said this week on Seattle Sports 710 AM that Walker will see more action in the weeks to come. 
“Doggone it, we didn’t get to see him,” Carroll said. “We’ll see him, it’ll happen. We didn’t make enough space for him. He’s going to be an exciting football player for us.”
RENTON — Despite the Seattle offense being mired in a six-quarter scoreless streak, Geno Smith has not looked like the problem.
Smith has completed an NFL-best 81% of his passes with just one turnover, and the rousing win against Denver doesn’t happen without his two early touchdown passes.
But whether he is the answer remains to be seen. This season appears to many like one in which the Seahawks are setting up to find their long-term quarterback next year — with the assumption that Drew Lock isn’t the future if he couldn’t beat out Smith. 
But even if neither Smith, who turns 32 in October, nor Lock proves to have any staying power, the hope for this year is to show improvement with the rest of the roster, then add a QB in the offseason, and voilà, let the good times begin anew.
The next three weeks, the Seahawks will come face-to-face with three teams whose quarterbacks illustrate well the precariousness of thinking that the missing QB piece is easily found.
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