After what seemed like an even longer offseason than usual the Seattle Seahawks will be back in action this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. That game will show a lot about what Seahawks fans have to look forward to during the upcoming season. Some big names were added to the team, including former Panther Grey Olsen, and the team is looking healthier than they have in previous years. Although it will be strange to play in empty stadiums the Seahawks have fantastic chance at a year that could go in the record books.
The Seahawks defeated the Falcons last October in Atlanta and are on the hunt for their first win in 2020. Former Seahawks Defensive Coordinator, and now Head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons, Dan Quinn will be a formidable opponent but Seattle has the capability to start the preseason off with a win. One thing the Hawks could look to exploit is Cornerback Isaiah Oliver, who allowed 61% of passes thrown his way to be completed for over 773 yards last season. Seattle's offense, including DK Metcalf and veteran Tyler Lockett, will be looking to make plays and yardage if given the opportunity. The strong relationship between Wilson and both Metcalf and Lockett will be key in this matchup.
The Falcons are also facing an entirely different secondary from Seattle which could make a powerful statement. Last year backup Matt Schaub threw for 460 against Seattle, but this game is entirely different. The Seahawks new secondary, possibility featuring three new starters, will keep pressure on the backfield and cause Matt Ryan to scramble to find receivers. Never before has Seattle had the opportunity to use their new players in such a significant and impactful way. The key to the Seahawks having a winning season will be this secondary team and this first game will shine a light on the possibilities to come this year.
Even with all these changes the spotlight will still be on team leader, Russell Wilson. Wilson, entering his 9th season with the Seahawks, is the undisputed star of the team and continues to impress fans and critics alike. Last season alone he threw for over 4,000 yards and had a completion percentage higher than almost any other NFL quarterback at 66.1%. With even more experience under his belt and strong receivers Wilson is likely to hit 70% of this season. He continues to surprise and amaze each year and Seattle fans are behind him all the way.
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