Week one for the Atlanta Falcons is finally upon us.
Just two short months ago, Atlanta Falcons fans around the world had no idea if we would get to this point with all the uncertainty going on because of COVID-19.
Everyone has had to make sacrifices at some point along the way to get here. Fans were unable to watch practice up close and will be unable to attend games for the first month in most cities. Players have had to evaluate their own situations to make sure playing in 2020 was the right thing to do for their wellbeing.
Nearly 70 NFL players chose to opt-out of the 2020 season, though none of them were within the Atlanta Falcons roster.
While NFL teams are not in the same type of bubble that NBA players are, they still have to make the right decisions to makes sure that they are not putting their teammates and franchises in a costly situation as far as health is concerned.
Atlanta Falcons will take on a familiar foe in week one.
When the Seahawks and Falcons kickoff Sunday afternoon in an empty Mercedes Benz Stadium, it will the fifth time that these two teams have met since October 2016 – four regular-season meetings and of course the 2017 NFC playoff game that saw the Falcons blow out the Seahawks 36-20.
Overall, this will be the 20th meeting between the two franchises – Seattle currently holds an 11-8 advantage in those meetings. Under Dan Quinn, the Atlanta Falcons are 2-2 against his former employer.
The game will be broadcast on Fox with kickoff set for 1:00 pm. Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, and Lindsay Czarniak are set to broadcast live from Mercedes Benz Stadium. Locally in Atlanta, the game can be heard on radio via 929 The Game with longtime play by play broadcaster Wes Durham and former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Dave Archer providing color.
The Seahawks are currently a 1.5 point favorite on the road this Sunday.