Looking to return to the win column after an ugly loss to the Ravens, the Seahawks will travel to Atlanta to face a struggling 1-5 Falcons squad.
Will Russell Wilson return to MVP form after a rough performance against Baltimore? Can Seattle's pass rush find life against a beleaguered Atlanta offensive line?
From kickoff until the final horn, I'll be tracking all the key plays, story lines, and moments in this Week 8 game day thread. Feel free to comment and ask questions as two familiar NFC rivals battle in Atlanta!
11:57 - Seattle just got Duane Brown back from injury, but the offensive line can't catch a break. On a short run by Rashaad Penny, center Justin Britt's left knee looked to buckle and he writhed in agony on the turf. He managed to gingerly walk off the field to the medical tent and was replaced by Joey Hunt. Britt reportedly will not return.
11:17 - Russell Wilson led a nine-play, 51-yard drive on Seattle's opening possession, hitting Malik Turner for a 21-yard gain and Tyler Lockett for a 15-yard completion. But the drive sputtered at the Atlanta 24-yard line with two incompletions to David Moore, forcing a Jason Myers 42-yard field attempt. Myers connected to give the Seahawks a 3-0 lead.
8:00 - Backup quarterback Matt Schaub moved the chains once on a first down throw to tight end Austin Hooper, who beat rookie safety Marquise Blair on a quick out route. Seattle's defense held strong, however, as Shaquill Griffin continued his fantastic third season with a clutch pass breakup covering Calvin Ridley to force a punt.
5:09 - Wilson appears to see something with Moore matching up against Atlanta's reserve cornerbacks, but so far, he hasn't been able to connect with his receiver. He's targeted him three times on two drives without a completion, including two misses on fade routes. The latest misfire led to a Michael Dickson punt.
14:55 - Pinned deep in their own territory, Schaub hit Jones for a 25-yard completion on first down and the Falcons marched 50 yards on six plays to put themselves in scoring position. The Seahawks stiffened up just past midfield, stopping Devonta Freeman a yard short on a third down reception. Normally reliable veteran kicker Matt Bryant missed the ensuing 51-yard field goal, setting Seattle up with excellent field position.
11:47 - The subject of trade rumors over the past 24-48 hours, Penny ripped off two runs for 26 yards, including bolting outside for a 17-yard pickup. Wilson took over from there, connecting with Lockett on a 14-yard completion and eventually catching the Falcons sleeping by finding DK Metcalf wide open in the end zone after a quick snap near the goal line. Following an extra point by Myers, the Seahawks extended their lead to 10-0 early in the second quarter.
10:19 - In a bizarre turn of events, the Falcons decided to roll the dice and go for it on 4th and 1 from their own 34-yard line. But Schaub rewarded his coaching staff's aggressiveness by completing a six-yard pass to tight end Jaeden Graham. Unfortunately for Atlanta, the drive didn't last much longer, as Schaub telegraphed a short throw to Jones in the middle of the field two plays later and linebacker Mychal Kendricks picked him off.
7:31 - Chris Carson continues to show why coach Pete Carroll has such an affinity for the powerful third-year running back. Taking a handoff from Wilson, he gave the stiff arm treatment to linebacker Deion Jones and then lowered his shoulder to power through Kendall Sheffield before bowing out of bounds on a 19-yard run.
4:46 - Led by the duo of Carson and Penny, the Seahawks powered 46 yards on seven plays. Penny bolted 12 yards to push Seattle inside the Atlanta five-yard line and two plays later, Carson made a filthy cutback to the right and powered through a tackle attempt by safety Ricardo Allen to push the lead to 17-0.
2:29 - Matt Bryant might want to wear a bag over his face when he leaves the stadium. After whiffing on a 51-yard field goal in the first quarter, the veteran kicker came up short again on a 53-yard attempt, leaving the Falcons without any points after a 40-yard drive. Seahawks cornerback Akeem King may also want to lay low for a while, as he let a gimme interception slip through his hands earlier on the drive.
0:27 - Twice is nice for Metcalf, who bounced back from a dropped touchdown earlier on the drive to reel in a two-yard score from Wilson and extend Seattle's commanding lead to 24-0. Previously on the possession, Wilson completed two ridiculous highlight reel caliber throws to Lockett as the duo continues to prove it belongs in the discussion among th league's best quarterback/receiver combos.
10:54 - Benefiting from multiple neutral zone infractions by Jadeveon Clowney, the Falcons came out of the locker room with a 75-yard touchdown drive. Schaub hit tight end Austin Hooper for a 35-yard pickup on the first play of the half and reserve running back Brian Hill exploded through a crease for a 23-yard score to put Atlanta on the board. Schaub hit Calvin Ridley on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt to trim the deficit to 16 points.
8:31 - Failing to respond to Atlanta's first scoring drive, Seattle went nowhere but backwards on its first possession of the second half. After an illegal formation penalty pushed the Seahawks back five yards, Wilson eventually was sacked by Grady Jarrett to force another Dickson punt.
3:25 - Don't look now, but the Falcons have found some life out of the break. Featuring Freeman as a receiver out of the backfield, Atlanta marched to the Seattle 23-yard line before a sack by Bobby Wagner helped halt the drive. The third time proved to be a charm for Bryant, who nailed a 47-yard field goal to cut Seattle's lead to 24-11.
2:07 - Another drive, another three-and-out for the Seahawks. Failing to regain any of the momentum that has swung to the home team's sideline, Carson was stuffed in the backfield by Adrian Clayborn on 3rd and 2, leading to another Dickson punt. The only good news? The coverage team did an outstanding job corralling Kenjon Barner for a negative punt return.
12:57 - Led by the poised Schaub throwing to Jones, the Falcons drove 85 yards on eight plays, looking to cut the Seahawks advantage to one score. But Blair made his biggest play for Seattle thus far, punching the football out of Freeman's hands inside the five-yard line. Wagner recovered at the goal line and review confirmed the fumble, allowing the Seahawks to catch a major break.
6:32 - Seattle finally found a rhythm offensively after a sluggish third quarter, driving 58 yards on 10 plays. Wilson hit Moore on a quick hitch and the receiver managed to pick up 18 yards after the catch on a 23-yard gain. The drive looked to be extended by a 13-yard pitch and catch from Wilson to Lockett, but the receiver was nailed for offensive pass interference. The drive stalled out, but Myers connected from 54 yards out to push Seattle's lead back to 16 points.
3:08 - There's no give up in the Falcons, at least not this week. And the Seahawks soft coverage has been tough to watch in the second half. After guiding Atlanta on an 11-play, 75-yard drive, Schaub has now completed 33 out of 45 passes for 393 yards and found Hooper from a yard out for his first touchdown pass of the game. The Seahawks were again burned by an offsides penalty from Clowney, which helped extend the possession. If there's any silver lining, Wagner swatted away a two-point conversion pass from Schaub intended for Hooper, keeping the lead at 10 points.