The Seahawks confront an extreme test Monday night when they have Atlanta, the ruling NFC champion. Seattle (6-3) is hoping to enhance an amazing 21-3-1 primetime record under Pete Carroll, and has won 11 straight on Monday night, however the 5-4 Falcons are coming to town falling off ostensibly their most noteworthy execution of the season, a 27-7 prevail upon Dallas.
In the event that the Seahawks will keep on thriving under the lights at CenturyLink Field, these are three key matchups that could have the effect in Monday’s diversion:
The Seahawks haven’t played an amusement without Richard Sherman in the lineup since he assumed control over a beginning employment in Week 8 of the 2011 season, yet they’ll shockingly need to complete this season without him because of the cracked Achilles he endured in a week ago’s win at Arizona.
With Sherman out, Jeremy Lane is probably going to assume control over the beginning employment inverse newbie Shaquill Griffin, and those two, alongside nickel corner Justin Coleman, have anything besides a delicate arriving for their first amusement without Sherman, not with 2016 MVP Matt Ryan and All-Pro beneficiary Julio Jones coming to town.
Jones’ creation is down marginally so far this season, yet he stays a standout amongst the most physically skilled collectors in the diversion, and is more than fit for a defining moment on any given day, as was obvious two weeks prior when he had six gets for 118 yards against a decent Carolina Panthers guard. In late gatherings, Sherman spent a significant part of the amusement shadowing Jones, yet this will probably be a collective endeavor to attempt to contain one of the class’ chief pass catchers.
Confusing issues additionally is that solid security Kam Chancellor is likewise out this week with neck damage, which means the Seahawks will miss two Pro Bowlers in their optional, another deplorable first for this group. Indeed, even without both of those key players, the Seahawks are as yet expecting an abnormal state of play from their optional and their guard all in all.
“We haven’t been in this domain some time recently, however we’re eager to see it,” guarded facilitator Kris Richard said. “We believe the folks that we will put out there, these folks fight, they set they up, get ready as though they will be starters, and it’s the NFL; everybody is constantly one play away. It benefits you to be readied.”
Included wellbeing Earl Thomas, who is normal back in the wake of missing two diversions with hamstring damage, “Clearly we will miss Sherm and Kam; you can’t supplant those folks. Be that as it may, the fortunate thing about those two folks, they’ve educated the more youthful folks that will be in their spots. I think we will be exceptionally arranged and I like our odds.”
The Seahawks’ damage concerns don’t end with their auxiliary, as left handle Duane Brown is among the players recorded as faulty because of a lower leg damage. On the off chance that Brown can’t go, Matt Tobin would begin in his place, and regardless of who is on the field, the Seahawks are confronting an intense undertaking in a Falcons pass surge drove by Vic Beasley, a first-group All-Pro last season. Beasley is not really Atlanta’s just pass-surge risk, as was extremely obvious a week ago when Adrian Clayborn heaped up six sacks versus Dallas, doing the vast majority of his harm against the left handle.
“You take a gander at what Clayborn did, it’s better than average, Beasley is okay, and their inside players are a decent bundle of folks,” said hostile line mentor/aide head mentor Tom Cable. “… Atlanta is better than average that way.”
Despite who is playing left handle, the Seahawks know they must be on their amusement against Atlanta’s pass surge.
“We will need to truly blend our stuff and truly work it with extraordinary regard, especially in the wake of watching this past amusement,” Carroll said. “They were flying. We need to blend our stuff meaning every one of the securities and the activities and everything to hold them backed off, in light of the fact that they are truly resolved to cause destruction in the backfield, and we can’t give that a chance to happen.”
One of the main things Carroll specified when Seattle procured Jimmy Graham in a 2015 exchange was the enormous tight end’s capacity to be a weapon in the red zone—he had 46 touchdowns in his past four seasons with the New Orleans Saints. Graham has done a considerable measure of good things in his residency with Seattle, yet for different reasons, he didn’t have the red zone generation he or Seattle was seeking after amid his initial two seasons, however that has changed in enormous way this year, with Graham pulling in six touchdowns, all in the red zone, and all in the previous five diversions.
“It is something that we have clearly chipped away at for quite a while,” hostile organizer Darrell Bevell said. “We worked long and hard at it. It’s extraordinary to see it becoming animated. So we have to keep on stilling get those open doors and in the event that they are there, we will take them.”
Graham is tied for the NFL lead in red zone scores, and his 15 red-zone targets are second most in the alliance, yet working off of that achievement won’t be simple this week. Atlanta’s pass safeguard positions 6th in the NFL with the Falcons permitting 198.2 passing yards for every amusement, and most prominently, the Falcons have surrendered only one touchdown to a tight end all season. In a skirmish of quality versus quality, the Seahawks will trust Graham and Russell Wilson can proceed with their red-zone science Monday night.
“It has been awesome,” Carroll said of Graham’s red-zone creation. “It has been extraordinary for him. He has been focused on a pack down there and he has a bundle of gets down there and six touchdowns as of now. He’s headed toward better than average begin for the season. I’m truly satisfied about him, since it’s what we as a whole trusted would happen and we would complete it. It has required a little investment to locate the genuine cadence of yet at the midpoint, we are recently attempting to use for his qualities and expectation that we can keep on having some accomplishment down there. He is making an awesome showing with regards to, and Russ, you can see them cooperating. It’s truly clear and ideally we can make it extreme on our adversaries.