At times it seemed like it wouldn’t happen, and at times it seemed like it was years away. But, we finally made it to the NFL season. In this Week 1 matchup, the Seattle Seahawks travel to Atlanta to face the much-improved Falcons. In 2019, the Seahawks had a solid season by their standards. They went 11-5 and were within a football’s length of winning the NFC West, and lost in the Divisional Round to the Green Bay Packers. This team is led by one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Russell Wilson, and is looking for big things once again in 2020.
The Atlanta Falcons have all the talent in the world, but have been struggling in recent seasons. After finishing a disappointing 7-9 in 2019, the Falcons made some changes on the offensive side of the ball to bolster their group. One of the biggest additions they made was the signing of Todd Gurley, formerly of the Los Angeles Rams. After struggling to establish a run game a season ago, they’re hoping Gurley can help improve this unit and take the load off of Matt Ryan.
The Seattle Seahawks are a ready-made Super Bowl contender. Can they make the jump in 2020?The Seahawks have to be disappointed in how their season ended a year ago. After a road victory against the Philadelphia Eagles in the wild card round, the team came out flat against Green Bay. They nearly pulled off the comeback, eventually losing to the Packers 28-23 after going down 21-3 at half. With a normal performance in the first half, the Seahawks most likely win that game.
The Seahawks made one huge trade (getting Jamal Adams from the Jets for three picks) and some marginal free agent moves that should help. The most notable signing was of Greg Olsen, formerly of the Carolina Panthers. Although Olsen is up there in age, he should give Russell Wilson a security blanket across the middle. Speaking of Wilson, he is coming off arguably his best season ever. In 2019, Wilson threw for 4,110 yards, 31 touchdowns, and only five interceptions. He’s a candidate for MVP whenever he steps on the field. He now has a strong trio of weapons with Olsen, DK Metcalf and Tu Lockett
The Atlanta Falcons aren’t happy about their 2019 finish. Did they improve enough in the offseason?Since blowing a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl, the Falcons haven’t been the same. The following season, they lost in the wild card round to Philadelphia, and haven’t made the playoffs since. It’s quite a surprise, because this team has one of the most talented offenses in the league, led by Matt Ryan. Ryan, the 2016 NFL MVP, is still one of the top-flight quarterbacks in the game and is looking for a rebound season of his own.
The weapons at Ryan’s disposal are some of the best in the league. Everyone knows about Julio Jones. Jones is coming off another electric season in which he caught 99 passes for 1,394 yards and six touchdowns. Across from Jones is one of the top young receivers in the game, Calvin Ridley. They also traded for Hayden Hurst, a very fast tight end from Baltimore, who only needs a chance to start. Ridley made steady improvements a season ago and looks ready to make the jump into stardom. Combine them with the addition of Todd Gurley (from the Rams) in the backfield, and this team has the makings of a dangerous offense.
- The Falcons were 4-3 as a home underdog in 2019