4. Eliminate Seattle’s Run Game
One thing about Seattle’s offense is that even with a talented quarterback like Russell Wilson and legitimate targets such as receivers Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett and tight end Jimmy Graham, everything is predicated off their run game. In past seasons, the ability to hand off to Marshawn Lynch, made life a whole lot easier for Wilson.
The run game for Seattle hasn’t necessarily been dependable during this season with two games of 66 and 67 total rushing yards. Seattle running back Christine Micheal leads the team with 290 yards and two touchdowns. Even with his production, the Seahawks are 18th in the NFL averaging 93 rushing yards.
The Falcons only allow an average of 98.6 rushing yards per game and held three opponents (Tampa Bay, Carolina, Denver) to under 100 rushing yards. Part of that is based on teams trying to play catch up while part of that is based on the Falcons getting solid interior play from defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, Ra’Shede Hageman, and Jonathan Babineaux.
Taking away the Seahawks run game will allow the offense to get out of their comfort level and resort to their passing game a little more than they prefer. Which is not what their offense is built for.