The Atlanta Falcons are rolling against the Seattle Seahawks, thriving in a quarter during which they usually struggle. Three straight turnovers — by Jamaal Anderson, Brent Grimes, and William Moore — led to a 17-point surge, the last touchdown a five-yard pass from QB Matt Ryan to WR Roddy White. Ryan now has three scores today, and White has eight on the season.
The Michael Turner battering ram continues to wear down Seattle’s defense, though he hasn’t broken a run longer than 15 yards today. His average after 18 carries is up to 3.1, and it sure would be nice to see somebody else start to get carries as the Falcons assuredly keep running out the clock.
Ryan’s numbers are up to 20-for-34, 174 yards, three touchdowns, and a pick.
Charlie Whitehurst has taken over at QB for Matt Hasselbeck. Whitehurst has thrown three picks and a touchdown in his time this season, most of it against the New York Giants.