In their final away game of the season, the Atlanta Falcons will look to finish their recent three-game road trip with a bang.
On paper, their match-up with the Seattle Seahawks is a severe mismatch.
Seattle is middle of the pack in terms of passing offense, can't run the ball, has difficulty stopping the run and has been abysmal in defending the air attacks of opponents.
They do have a distinct home-field advantage, as Qwest Field has long been one of the more difficult places to travel to thanks to the tremendous amount of crowd noise.
However, Kansas City and the New York Giants, two of the NFL's better teams, spanked the Seahawks in Seattle by a combined score of 83-31. That fact, along with the team's defensive struggles, do not bode well against the balanced attack the Falcons offer.
The 'Hawks will likely look to pass against a defense that has struggled in that regard for much of the year. Over the past two weeks, though, opponents have completed just 55 percent of their passes for a total of 250 yards against the Falcons.
Atlanta's defense has taken a step back against the run over that same span, falling out of the top-10 in rush-defense, but that could simply be a part of the defense fully coming together.
It could also be a sign of trouble, which we will find out in the coming weeks.
If the Falcons win they will clinch a playoff spot. The fear right now is that they will be looking ahead to their Week 16 showdown with New Orleans. Coach Mike Smith must be aware of this, and he has done a good job of preventing letdowns from his team this season.
At 6-7, the NFC West leading Seahawks will be fighting for their playoff lives as we inch ever closer to a sub-.500 team making the postseason.
Regular season records do not matter once the playoffs start, and Seattle, or any other Western team, will gladly take the spot and home playoff game any way they can get it.
The Falcons have ventured to the West Coast three times since Matt Ryan became their quarterback, winning each contest with Ryan posting a quarterback rating of 124.2, completing 73 percent of his passes, gaining 756 yards and throwing six touchdowns compared to just one interception.
In said games, Michael Turner has gone off for an average of 119 yards and 4.3 yards-per-rush, Roddy White has averaged six catches for 125 yards and the defense has allowed an average of 186 yards and given up just 26 total points.
Travel should not be an issue.
Kickoff is set for 4:05. If you are near your computer during the action, be sure to check back here as I will be providing live updates throughout the game.