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Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons Preview and Predictions 10-27-2019


Matt Ryan's streak of 154 consecutive starts is in serious jeopardy as the downtrodden Atlanta Falcons host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Ryan departed last week's loss to the Los Angeles Rams with a sprained right ankle, which has prevented him from practicing this week.

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Veteran backup Matt Schaub is being prepared to fill in for Ryan but hasn't started a game since 2015, when he twice received the call for Baltimore. "If (Ryan) can't, that's the reason Matt Schaub is here, is for moments like that," Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters. "If he is called upon, he'll certainly be ready to do that, much like it is at every position." Atlanta has lost five straight games as it faces a Seattle team that lost to the Ravens last week, ending its three-game winning streak. Russell Wilson is tied for the NFL lead with 15 touchdown passes and likely is salivating at the prospect of facing a Falcons defense that has allowed an average of 41.3 points over its last three contests.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Seahawks -5.5. O/U: 53.5

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (5-2): Wilson has been intercepted just once while throwing for 1,945 yards and running back Chris Carson is providing good production with 569 yards on the ground. But the defense - which is allowing 25.1 points and 357 yards per game - hasn't always been sturdy, so Seattle acquired safety Quandre Diggs from Detroit on Tuesday. "He's an explosive player," coach Pete Carroll told reporters. "I've watched him for years be the kind of guy that throws his body around as well as you can do it. He's a real hitter and a playmaker. ... We really feel lucky to get him."

ABOUT THE FALCONS (1-6): The disappointing season was unforeseen and the rising speculation that Quinn's job could be in jeopardy prompted star wideout Julio Jones to speak out. "Well, at the end of the day, we're out there on the field. Coach Quinn is not on the field," Jones told reporters. "I don't know as far as defensive calls and things like that, how he does that, but the effort is there. I just feel like us, as competitors and professionals, we can do a better job of going out there and gelling together more." Atlanta's competitiveness has been lacking, with four of the setbacks being by 14 or more points.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Schaub has passed for 134 career touchdowns and topped 4,000 yards three times as a starter for Houston.

2. Atlanta traded WR Mohamed Sanu to New England for a 2020 second-round draft pick.

3. Seattle S Bradley McDougald (back) could miss his second straight game.

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Last Injuries

Atlanta Falcons

  • Tyeler Davison

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Davison has been shifted to the Injured Resserve/COVID-19 list, and it is uncertain when it will be safe for him to get back on the field.

  • Danny Etling

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Etling has wound up on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is uncertain how long it will take to return to full health.

  • Foyesade Oluokun

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Oluokun has been designated for the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Keith Smith

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Smith has been placed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Jamal Carter

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Carter has landed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss an extended period.

  • Ricardo Allen

    Shoulder
    Ques Week 1 | questionable

    Allen is on the mend from off-season shoulder surgery, and it is unclear if he will be available for Week 1 versus the Seahawks.

  • Jaylinn Hawkins

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Hawkins is on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it has yet to be determined how long it will take him to get back to full health.

  • Hinwa Allieu

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Allieu is on the Injured Reserve/Non-Football illness list as is ill. He will miss an extended period.

Seattle Seahawks

  • Darrell Taylor

    Leg
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Taylor has been added to the active Non-Football Injury list as he is working his way back from a stress fracture in his leg. There is no timetable for recovery.

  • Marcus Webb

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Webb has landed on the active Non-Football Injury list with an ailment to an unlisted location. There is no timetable for return.

  • Colby Parkinson

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Parkinson has been designated for the active Non-Football Injury list after having surgery to repair a broken fifth metatarsal in his foot. It is unclear when he will get back on the field.

  • Chance Warmack

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Warmack has informed the team that he has opted to sit out the entire 2020 season due to a personal decision. As a result, the club has put him on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list.

  • Rashaad Penny

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Penny is on the active PUP list while recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, and he will miss an extended period.

  • Emmanuel Ellerbee

    Knee
    I-R | I-R

    Ellerbee has reverted to the injured reserve list after clearing waivers with a knee injury.

  • Quinton Dunbar

    Personal
    Out indefinitely | out

    Dunbar has been placed on the commissioner's exempt list by the NFL as the league will review an off-field incident that he was allegedly involved in.