Welcome to the pre-game, quick hit, stats-apalooza. This is a broad, statistical overview of the current Atlanta Falcons' opponent. This week, it's the Seattle Seahawks. You may not remember, but the Seahawks and Falcons were actually division rivals for one season in 1976. Both teams played in the NFC West (with Atlanta giving Seattle one of only two wins that season, 30-13) in the Seahawks' inaugural year before moving to the AFC.
The Falcons will fly 2,179 miles to the Pacific Northwest to play the Seahawks at Qwest Field, previously known as Seahawks Stadium. Though the Seahawks are generally not considered a good football team, this could be a tricky game for the Falcons, especially with the New Orleans Saints on the horizon. Case in point: since 2005, Qwest Field leads the league in opponents' false start penalties with 101. Also, the Seahawks are 30-16 at home in that stretch, 8th-best in the NFL. The Falcons, by comparison, are 29-17 at home. Whatever the cause for their home success, beating the Seahawks in Seattle is not easy.
This game is the final leg of a three-game road trip for the Falcons. They beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 28-24, two weeks ago and rolled the Carolina Panthers, 31-10 last week. They return home Dec. 27 against the New Orleans Saints in a showdown that could decide the NFC South title and possibly homefield advantage in the NFC. In the meantime though, let's learn a little bit about our hosts.
The Seahawks mascot is Blitz, "a large blue anthropomorphic bird." There's nothing really interesting about this mascot as it appears he helps kids learn to read and doesn't have any boneheaded antics like previous mascots. So disappointing and I'm forced to dive right into the roster age segment. The Seahawks have 10 active players over 30 years of age including former Falcon Lawyer Milloy, who played with Atlanta for three seasons between 2006 and 2008. The Falcons have 12 players older than 30, with Tony Gonzalez leading the way with 13 years in the league.
SERIES HISTORY:This will be the first meeting between the Falcons and Seahawks in the Mike Smith era. The last time these two teams met was during the forgotten 2007 season. Let's not forget that as bad as the Seahawks can be at times, they could still be a playoff team in the dreadful NFC West so, "Potential Playoff Preview Alert!"
Falcons Vs. Seahawks
This will be the 12th time the Falcons have played the Seahawks. The Seahawks lead the all-time series 8-3.
The Falcons record against the Seahawks (by decade):
- 2000s ...1-4
- 1990s ...2-0
- 1980s ...0-2
- 1970s ...0-2
- 1960s ...0-0
Average Score in All-Time Series:
- Falcons 23.5
- Seahawks 27.5
Average Yards in All-Time Series:
- Falcons 313.4
- Seahawks 369.5
Most Points Scored:
Falcons 44, Dec. 30, 2007
Highlight: Chris Redman throws four touchdowns and the Falcons score 24 in the fourth quarter to win 44-41 at the Georgia Dome.
Seahawks 41, Dec. 30, 2007
Fewest Points Scored:
Falcons, 10, Dec. 3, 2000
Seahawks 15, Dec. 15, 1991
- The Seahawks have won four in a row against the Falcons two different times, most recently between 2000 and 2005.
- The Falcons won two in a row between 1991 and 1997.
The Seahawks' Pete Carroll is 40-40 as a head coach and is 5-4 lifetime against the Falcons as part of the Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and Seahawks. He is 1-3 in Week 15 games all-time.
Mike Smith is 31-15 as Falcons head coach and is 2-0 in Week 15 games all-time, both three-point victories. He is 1-1 against the Seahawks all-time including his time as a member of the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Best Individual Performances Against the Seahawks:
- Passing: Steve Dils, 266 yards, 1988
- Rushing: Gerald Riggs, 139 yards, 1985
- Receiving: Stacey Bailey, 95 yards, 1988
- Sacks: two players tied, 2, most recent was John Abraham in 2007
Best Career Numbers Against the Seahawks:
- Passing: Michael Vick, 398 yards in 3 games
- Rushing: Warrick Dunn, 357 yards in 4 games
- Receiving: Alge Crumpler, 195 yards in 3 games
- Sacks: John Abraham and Roderick Coleman, 2 in 1 game each