The Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks will meet up in Week 6 of the 2016 NFL season. Needless to say, this game has must-watch written all over it. After all, Atlanta enters with a 4-1 record while Seattle will do battle with a 3-1 record.
If fans don’t think Atlanta is the real deal, then fans need to remember that the Falcons just got done beating the Denver Broncos in their own home. Considering Denver has a lethal defense, was undefeated going into that contest, and won the Super Bowl last season, one could say the Falcons’ victory over the Broncos was quite the feat.
With that in mind, Atlanta did start the 2015 season off with a 5-0 record. The team ended up finishing the season with an 8-8 record.
If the Falcons can pull off the upset against the Seahawks, then surely everyone will take them seriously. Knocking off Denver and Seattle in back-to-back road games is impressive no matter who you are.
Seattle is only giving up 13.5 points per game. Atlanta is averaging 35 points per contest. Given those numbers and the overall records of both teams, this is shaping up to be one of the more intriguing matchups of Week 6.
Just to add a little more fuel to the football fire, let’s take a stab at some bold predictions.
Matt Ryan Makes His Case For MVP By Making It Rain
Matt Ryan is a serious MVP candidate. Just in case fans have any doubt about that one, he will make it rain against the Seahawks in Week 6.
Ryan is leading the league with 1,740 passing yards. He also has 12 touchdowns, which is good enough for second-best in the NFL. Considering Ryan dropped 503 passing yards on the Carolina Panthers, he is more than capable of dropping 300-plus yards on Seattle.
If Ryan can rack up 300 or more yards, a couple of scores, and lead Atlanta to a win against the Seahawks, he will not only be near the top of the MVP standings — well, if he isn’t already, that is — but the Falcons might also be deemed the best team in the NFL on top of that.
Currently, Atlanta is ranked No. 6 in ESPN’s power rankings. The Seahawks come in at No. 5.
Jimmy Graham Records His Third 100-Yard Performance In A Row
Jimmy Graham has recorded back-to-back 100-yard games. Surely, Russell Wilson will target him early and often in Week 6.
Graham didn’t get a whole lot of respect entering the season from a fantasy football standpoint, but he has been turning heads as of late. For the record, ESPN ranked him as the 14th best tight end entering 2016. However, his 266 receiving yards are good enough to rank him at No. 4 in that category among tight ends. With that in mind, he has only found the end zone once this season.
Atlanta Escapes Seattle With A W
This is bold for a couple of reasons. For one, Seattle is considered a Super Bowl contender. Secondly, the Seahawks will get this contest at home. Those are the only reasons that need to be pointed out because they hold some serious weight.
If a team can knock off Denver at Denver — which Atlanta did — then it’s capable of beating any team in the NFL. Yes, playing the Broncos and Seattle in back-to-back road games is extremely brutal, but the Falcons appear to be the real deal.
Not only do they have momentum as a result of knocking off the defending champs, but the Falcons are also riding a four-game winning streak.
Seattle is coming off of a bye week and should be well-rested as a result. The popular pick is the Seahawks, but that would be too easy. It might not be in blowout fashion, but the Falcons will escape Seattle with a victory.
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