The Seattle Seahawks absolutely trounced the Atlanta Falcons, leaving little doubt of who the better team is. Matt Ryan's struggles continued despite not throwing any interceptions and the Atlanta offense never got anything going offensively.
Seattle played well in all three facets of the game, with a big boost coming from a struggling rush defense. The Seahawks now improve to 9-1, with the Minnesota Vikings set to visit next week.
Seattle - 33
Atlanta - 10
|Seattle Seahawks Game Grades|
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|vs. Falcons Week 10|
Final Analysis for the Seattle Seahawks
Pass Offense: Seattle was able to cruise its way to victory, utilizing the running game for the majority of the second half. Wilson only threw for 50 yards in the second half, because that's all he was required to do. Golden Tate has emerged as a true No. 1 receiver because of the various ways Seattle can get him the ball. He finished the game with six catches for 106 yards and a touchdown. Doug Baldwin stepped up his play and made five grabs for 76 yards to go along with Jermaine Kearse's 75 yards on three receptions.
Run Offense: Marshawn Lynch had one of the best games of his career with 145 yards rushing and a score. He helped lead Seattle's ground game to 217 yards rushing. We got a full display of the Seahawks' running-back depth, with Robert Turbin getting his normal share of carries and Christine Michael seeing some extended action.
Pass Defense: Matt Ryan was held to 150 yards passing, with much of it coming in garbage time. The "Legion of Boom" were in perfect coverage throughout the game while the front four put consistent pressure on Ryan. Seattle picked up just two sacks, but the pressure on Ryan was evident.
Run Defense: The Falcons' leading rusher was Jacquizz Rodgers with a paltry 31 yards. Atlanta finished with 64 yards on the ground for the game. It was a major improvement for a slipping rush defense that had allowed 405 yards rushing in the last two weeks.
Special Teams: Steven Hauscka tacked on a 53-yard field goal, his longest of the season, to his three makes from the first half. He finished 4-of-4 for the day. Golden Tate and Jermaine Kearse made some solid kick and punt returns in the game, and Jon Ryan averaged 41 yards per punt.
Coaching: The Seahawks finally managed to put together a complete game and dominated the team that knocked them out of last season's playoffs from start to finish. It takes a great effort to get such strong performances from every unit of the team, but the Seattle coaching staff got it from their players after two consecutive poor performances
First-Half Analysis for the Seattle Seahawks
Pass Offense: Golden Tate and Jermaine Kearse have been terrific through the first half, combining for six catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Russell Wilson is having another fine game and has looked comfortable. Atlanta hasn't been able to pressure on him and they've been gashed because of it. Wilson has thrown for 237 yards and a touchdown, completing 15 of 21 passes.
Run Offense: Marshawn Lynch has ripped off more than six yards per carry this half on 10 carries for 67 yards. His longest run of the day was for 37 yards. As I stated earlier, the Falcons have not put much pressure on Wilson, who didn't have to scramble until the final minute of the half.
Pass Defense: The Seattle secondary has continued to be the biggest strength of this team, limiting Matt Ryan to 53 yards passing. Other than an early completion to Roddy White for 20 yards, Atlanta's passing game has been predicated entirely by dump-off passes.
Run Defense: Atlanta hasn't been able to take advantage of Seattle's porous run defense, with just 46 yards on the ground. Fifteen of those are from Matt Ryan scrambles. The Seahawks have not allowed the Falcons to sustain any drives.
Special Teams: Golden Tate has been a big factor on special teams, as well, averaging 18.3 yards per punt return. The coverage units have done a quality job with either no big returns or no returns at all. Steven Hauschka has nailed field goals from 39, 43 and 44 yards out.
Coaching: The Seahawks are finally set up to play a complete game after a dominating first half. The defense hasn't allowed the Falcons to get anything going, the offense is moving the ball well and the special teams has done its job.