Dan Quinn’s job security continues to be the main talking point surrounding the Atlanta Falcons, who could be playing for their coach’s job Sunday when they host the Seattle Seahawks.
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When: Sunday, Oct. 27
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Atlanta, Ga.
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
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It may have been a deal too good for the Falcons (1-6) to pass up or the first step of a rebuild ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline, but only time will tell if sending wide receiver Mohammed Sanu to the New England Patriots for a second-round pick is the former or the latter.
Sanu, who had 33 catches for 313 yards and a touchdown for the Falcons, was on pace to set a career-high in receptions and had recorded at least 59 grabs in each of his three full seasons with Atlanta after signing as a free agent in 2016. The deal also firmly puts second-year wideout Calvin Ridley in the No. 2 spot opposite Julio Jones as the Falcons look to avoid a sixth consecutive defeat.
Despite getting public statements of support from Arthur Blank, the perception is Quinn’s job security has grown more tenuous with each successive defeat. Atlanta fell apart on both sides of the ball in last Sunday’s 37-10 pasting at home by the Los Angeles Rams, totaling just 224 yards and not scoring its touchdown until the outcome was well decided.
Seattle (5-2) continues to chase unbeaten San Francisco for the NFC West lead and is also one game ahead of the Rams for second. The Seahawks' three-game winning streak was snapped last week in a 30-16 loss at home to the Ravens.
Both of Seattle’s turnovers were directly turned into points by Baltimore’s defense, as Russell Wilson threw a first-half pick-six and rookie receiver DK Metcalf’s fourth quarter fumble created a deficit too large to overcome.
The Seahawks were gashed on the ground for the second straight game as Lamar Jackson rushed for 116 yards and Baltimore finished with 199 overall. Seattle gave up an average of 67.7 yards in the first three games, but that number has spiked to 138.3 per contest in the last four.
Seven of the last nine games between the teams have been decided by six or fewer points, including Atlanta’s, 34-31, victory in the most recent matchup in 2017. Matt Ryan threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons, while Wilson had 344 yards and three touchdowns of total offense.