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SEATTLE (AP) – ATLANTA (0-2) at SEATTLE (1-1)

Sunday, 4:25 pm EDT, FOX

OPENING LINE: Seahawks by 1 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.

BY BROADCAST: Falcons 2-0; The Seahawks are 1-1.

CHUNGE RECORD: The Seahawks lead 12-8.

LAST MEETING: Seahawks beat Falcons 38-25, Sept. 13, 2020, Atlanta.

LAST WEEK: Falcons lost to Rams 31-27; The Seahawks lost to the 49ers 27-7.

FALCONS Offense: TOTAL (19), RUSH (7), PASS (22), CALLS (9).

FALCONS DEFENSE: TOTAL (20), RUSH (15), PASS (22), CALLS (27T).

SEAHAWKS OFFENSE: TOTAL (31), RUSH (32), PASS (27), CALLS (29T).

SEAHAWKS DEFENSE: TOTAL (24), RUSH (25), PASS (24), CALLS (15T).

DIFFERENT CASH: Falcons minus 1; Seahawks minus 2.

FALCONS PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Drake London had a team-high eight catches for 86 yards and the first touchdown of his career last week against the Rams. He is the only rookie with five or more receptions in each of the first two weeks of the season. His early success is important for the Falcons and should hopefully create more opportunities for TE Kyle Pitts, who has gotten off to a slow start.

SEAHAWKS PLAYER TO WATCH: Expectations were high entering the season for pass rusher Darrell Taylor after he had 6 1/2 sacks last year. By far, Taylor’s most notable moment was Deebo Samuel’s hit that led to a 51-yard touchdown run and a 49ers field goal. Taylor has three tackles, two QB hits and no sacks in two games. The Seahawks need more.

KEY PLAY: Seattle’s offense should have been predicated on the ability to run effectively with the combination of Rashaad Penny and Ken Walker III. Through two games, the Seahawks’ running game is the worst in the league, averaging just 56 yards rushing and putting more pressure on QB Geno Smith. The Falcons were crushed by New Orleans in Week 1, but last week they limited the Rams to 65 rushing yards — although a 26-yard loss on the play did help.

KEY INJURY: Falcons backup CB Darren Hall was dealing with a knee injury that limited him in practice. Hall forced a fumble and recovered last week. The Seahawks are expected to be without defensive end Shelby Harris (personal reasons). Left guard Damien Lewis (quad) and CB Justin Coleman (calf) are likely game-day decisions. CB Artie Burns (groin) could be in line to make his season debut.

SELECTION NOTES: The last time the teams met was the season opener of the COVID-19 affected 2020 season, when Seattle won 38-25 in Atlanta. The Seahawks have won five of the last six regular season meetings, but Atlanta is 3-1 in Seattle during Pete Carroll’s tenure with the Seahawks.

STATISTICS AND THINGS: The Falcons are trying to avoid an 0-3 start for the second time in three seasons. Atlanta is off to an 0-5 start in 2020. … The Falcons stayed on the West Coast after last week’s game in Los Angeles and practiced all week in Seattle at the University of Washington. … QB Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy playing his college career at Oregon. Mariota has one career start against Seattle, coming in 2017 while playing for Tennessee. Mariota was sacked three times and threw two interceptions last week against the Rams. … London becomes the second player to have at least five receptions and 70 receiving yards in his first three NFL games. Andre Johnson accomplished this feat in 2003. … TE Kyle Pitts needs 18 yards receiving to move into second place in franchise history for most yards through the first 20 games of a career. … LB Mykal Walker is one of three players blocked, forced a fumble and sacked in the first two weeks. … CB Casey Hawyard had his 25th career touchdown last week. He is one of four active players with at least 110 passes defensed and 25 interceptions since 2012. … The Seahawks haven’t scored an offensive point since the second quarter of Week 1, a span of six quarters and 92 minutes, 24 seconds. … QB Geno Smith is completing a league-best 81% of his passes through two weeks. … WR Tyler Lockett had nine catches for 106 yards last week, his 16th career game with at least 100 yards receiving. … LBs Jordyn Brooks and Cody Barton both had double figures against each other in the first two weeks. They are the only teammates in the league to accomplish that feat in two games.

FANTASY TIP: Seattle’s run defense has been shaky through the two games and while it has been the focus this week, the threat of a QB run in Mariota could open the door for a big game from RB Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson had a career high of 120 yards in Week 1.

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