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It might not be the "Legion of Boom," but the Seattle Seahawks have retooled their defensive secondary.


Now the question is whether the Seahawks can put pressure on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan when they open their season on Sunday in Atlanta.


Those chances took a hit over the weekend when three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jadeveon Clowney signed with the Tennessee Titans as a free agent, ending his one-year stay in Seattle.


"It was a long, long offseason in terms of trying to figure out how that was gonna work out," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Clowney's situation. "And we were involved throughout, but yet we moved on, for the most part, well early in the offseason so that we can do the rest of the team. And fortunately we were able to do that and got some good players."


The Seahawks signed veterans Bruce Irvin and Benson Mayowa, who each began their careers in Seattle, to beef up the rush end spot. They combined for 15.5 sacks last season with Carolina and Oakland, respectively.


Seattle went 11-5 in the 2019 regular season before losing at Green Bay in the divisional round of the playoffs.


The Seahawks made a big offseason move in a trade for New York Jets safety Jamal Adams. Seattle also acquired cornerback Quinton Dunbar in a deal with the Washington Football Team. With those two added to incumbents Quandre Diggs and Shaquill Griffin, the secondary is back to being a beast.


"I feel like we have everything," Griffin said. "We literally have everything we could want on the team to be able to get to where we want to be at."


MVP candidate quarterback Russell Wilson leads the offense, and Chris Carson enters the final year of his rookie contract after rushing for a career-high 1,230 yards last season.


The Seahawks also traveled to Atlanta last season, building a 24-point halftime lead before holding on for a 27-20 victory.


That loss dropped Atlanta to 1-7, but the Falcons closed out the year by winning six of their final eight games, helping coach Dan Quinn retain his job.


"It's definitely a lot easier than having a whole new coaching staff," Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver said. "Having them back is huge. We all love to play for Coach Quinn and we're ready to fight for him."


The Falcons picked up running back Todd Gurley and outside linebacker Dante Fowler, a pair of former Los Angeles Rams, in the offseason.


The biggest boost for Atlanta might be the return of Pro Bowl safety Keanu Neal, who has missed all but four games the past two seasons due to injuries.


"From a physical standpoint, he does not look like a player who had these two significant setbacks," Quinn said. "I think it speaks to the work that he put in."


The Falcons will need to focus on keeping Ryan upright after he was sacked a career-high 48 times last season. Gurley will try to boost a rushing attack that ranked 30th in the NFL last year with just 85.1 yards per game.


The Falcons were next to last in the league last season with 28 sacks.


They hope that will change with the addition of Fowler, the third overall pick in the 2015 draft by Jacksonville. He turned his career around in Los Angeles and is coming off an 11 1/2-sack season.


"My first few years in a league, I had some bumps, some growing pains," Fowler said. "I'm happy it happened to me early. Now, I'm ready to be a pro for the next 10 years."


Falcons cornerback Jordan Miller is serving a four-game suspension for violating league rules on performance-enhancing drugs. Nickel corner Kendall Sheffield (foot) and defensive end Charles Harris (ankle) have been held out of practice with injuries, while defensive lineman Marlon Davidson (knee) and wide receiver Russell Gage (groin) have been limited.


For the Seahawks, offensive linemen Cedric Ogbuehi (pectoral) and Duane Brown (knee) and wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (foot) were limited practice participants at midweek.


--Field Level Media


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Seattle Seahawks

Atlanta Falcons

Player Position Lineup
Duane Brown primary: Left Tackle Starter
Chris Carson primary: Runningback Starter
L.J. Collier primary: Defensive End Starter
Quandre Diggs primary: Free Safety Starter
Poona Ford primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Shaquill Griffin primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Tyler Lockett primary: Wide Receiver Starter
DK Metcalf primary: Wide Receiver Starter
David Moore primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ethan Pocic primary: Center Starter
Jarran Reed primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Bobby Wagner primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Russell Wilson primary: Quarterback Starter
K.J. Wright primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Greg Olsen primary: Tight End Starter
Mike Iupati primary: Left Guard Starter
Quinton Dunbar primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Brandon Shell primary: Right Tackle Starter
Benson Mayowa primary: Left End Starter
Bruce Irvin primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Damien Lewis primary: Right Guard Starter
Jamal Adams primary: Strong Safety Starter
Ugo Amadi primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Cody Barton primary: Linebacker Substitution
Marquise Blair primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Ben Burr-Kirven primary: Linebacker Substitution
Michael Dickson primary: Punter Substitution
Will Dissly primary: Tight End Substitution
Tre Flowers primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Rasheem Green primary: Defensive End Substitution
Lano Hill primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Jacob Hollister primary: Tight End Substitution
Travis Homer primary: Runningback Substitution
Bryan Mone primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Jason Myers primary: Kicker Substitution
Tyler Ott primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Jordan Simmons primary: Guard Substitution
Neiko Thorpe primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Luke Willson primary: Tight End Substitution
B.J. Finney primary: Center Substitution
Penny Hart primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jordyn Brooks primary: Linebacker Substitution
Freddie Swain primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Carlos Hyde primary: Runningback Substitution
Damontre Moore primary: Defensive End Substitution
Nick Bellore primary: Fullback Substitution
Jamarco Jones primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Chad Wheeler primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Cedric Ogbuehi primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Phillip Dorsett II primary: Wide Receiver Not active
DeeJay Dallas primary: Runningback Not active
Alton Robinson primary: Defensive End Not active
Geno Smith primary: Quarterback Did not play
D'Andre Walker primary: Linebacker Not active
Player PositionLineup
Ricardo Allen primary: Safety Starter
James Carpenter primary: Left Guard Starter
John Cominsky primary: Defensive End Starter
Tyeler Davison primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Russell Gage primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Grady Jarrett primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Deion Jones primary: Linebacker Starter
Julio Jones primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Damontae Kazee primary: Safety Starter
Chris Lindstrom primary: Right Guard Starter
Alex Mack primary: Center Starter
Jake Matthews primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kaleb McGary primary: Right Tackle Starter
Takkarist McKinley primary: Defensive End Starter
Keanu Neal primary: Safety Starter
Isaiah Oliver primary: Cornerback Starter
Calvin Ridley primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Matt Ryan primary: Quarterback Starter
Keith Smith primary: Fullback Starter
Dante Fowler Jr. primary: Defensive End Starter
Todd Gurley primary: Runningback Starter
A.J. Terrell primary: Cornerback Starter
Allen Bailey primary: Defensive End Substitution
Christian Blake primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Matt Gono primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jaeden Graham primary: Tight End Substitution
Josh Harris primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Brian Hill primary: Runningback Substitution
Younghoe Koo primary: Kicker Substitution
Steven Means primary: Defensive End Substitution
Foyesade Oluokun primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brandon Powell primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Deadrin Senat primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Ito Smith primary: Runningback Substitution
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Olamide Zaccheaus primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Hayden Hurst primary: Tight End Substitution
Sharrod Neasman primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Blidi Wreh-Wilson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
LaRoy Reynolds primary: Linebacker Substitution
Justin McCray primary: Guard Substitution
Matt Hennessy primary: Center Substitution
Mykal Walker primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jaylinn Hawkins primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Sterling Hofrichter primary: Punter Substitution
Darqueze Dennard primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Luke Stocker primary: Tight End Substitution
Qadree Ollison primary: Runningback Not active
Matt Schaub primary: Quarterback Did not play
Kendall Sheffield primary: Defensive Back Not active
Marlon Davidson primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Charles Harris primary: Defensive End Not active
Timon Parris primary: Offensive Tackle Not active

Seattle Seahawks

Atlanta Falcons

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 19 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Chris Carson
    • Passer: Russell Wilson
    • Conv Kicker: Jason Myers
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Chris Carson
    • Passer: Russell Wilson
    • Conv Kicker: Jason Myers
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 49 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 49 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Todd Gurley
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • Period 3
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 7 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Greg Olsen
    • Passer: Russell Wilson
    • Conv Kicker: Jason Myers
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 38 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: DK Metcalf
    • Passer: Russell Wilson
    • Conv Kicker: Jason Myers
  • Period 4
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 7 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
    • Pass Receiver: Calvin Ridley
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Carlos Hyde
    • Conv Kicker: Jason Myers
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 18 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Calvin Ridley
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
    • Conv Receiver: Hayden Hurst
    • Conv Passer: Matt Ryan
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 42 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Jason Myers
  • Match End


Last 10

W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • L.A. Rams L 30 - 20
  • @San Francisco W 26 - 23
  • L.A. Rams W 9 - 20
  • @Washington W 20 - 15
  • N.Y. Jets W 3 - 40
  • N.Y. Giants L 17 - 12
  • @Philadelphia W 23 - 17
  • Arizona W 21 - 28
  • @L.A. Rams L 16 - 23
  • @Buffalo L 34 - 44
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @Tampa Bay L 27 - 44
  • @Kansas City L 14 - 17
  • Tampa Bay L 31 - 27
  • @L.A. Chargers L 17 - 20
  • New Orleans L 21 - 16
  • Las Vegas W 6 - 43
  • @New Orleans L 9 - 24
  • Denver W 27 - 34
  • @Carolina W 25 - 17
  • Detroit L 23 - 22

Last Meetings

  • Seahawks @ Falcons 38-25
  • Seahawks @ Falcons 27-20
  • Falcons @ Seahawks 34-31
  • Seahawks @ Falcons 20-36
  • Falcons @ Seahawks 24-26
  • Seahawks @ Falcons 33-10
  • Seahawks @ Falcons 28-30
  • Falcons @ Seahawks 30-28
  • Falcons @ Seahawks 34-18
  • Seahawks @ Falcons 41-44

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons

Russell Wilson completed 31 of 35 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns and added a team-high 29 yards rushing as the Seattle Seahawks won their season opener, defeating the host Atlanta Falcons 38-25 on Sunday afternoon.

Safety Jamal Adams, acquired in an offseason trade with the New York Jets, made an immediate impact for the Seahawks with a game-high 12 tackles to go with a sack and two tackles for loss.

Atlanta's Matt Ryan was 37-of-54 passing for 450 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Julio Jones (157 yards), Calvin Ridley (130 yards, two TDs) and Russell Gage (114 yards) all made nine receptions. Todd Gurley rushed for a game-high 56 yards and a score.

But the Falcons couldn't slow Wilson, who threw four TD passes in an opener for the first time.

The Seahawks scored touchdowns on their first two drives of each half.

Running back Chris Carson caught scoring passes of 3 and 19 yards in the first quarter, giving the Seahawks a 14-3 lead after the Falcons got a 49-yard field goal from Younghoe Koo on the opening drive of the game.

Atlanta closed the gap to 14-12 by halftime on a 1-yard touchdown leap by Gurley and another 49-yarder from Koo.

Seattle went 75 yards on 10 plays to open the second half, with Wilson hitting DK Metcalf with a 38-yard strike for the score.

The Falcons attempted a fake punt on fourth-and-two on their next possession, with Sharrod Neasman taking a direct snap, but Marquise Blair forced a fumble and Freddie Swain recovered at Atlanta's 36-yard line.

Five plays later, Wilson hit new tight end Greg Olsen with a 7-yard touchdown pass, giving Seattle a 28-12 lead.

Jason Myers' 42-yard field goal with 11:19 remaining put the Seahawks up 31-12.

The Falcons drove 75 yards on five plays, capped by Ryan's 18-yard touchdown pass to Ridley, to make it 31-18, but the 2-point conversion pass was incomplete.

Seattle's Carlos Hyde scored on a 1-yard run with 3:45 remaining before Ryan hit Ridley for a 7-yard score with 33 seconds to go.

--Field Level Media