3 Clear advantages for the Atlanta Falcons in week three
1. Cordarrelle Patterson
If the QB, Marcus Mariota, is the meat, then Cordarrelle “Flash” Patterson is the bread and butter of this Atlanta offense. Despite losing in week one after the Saints made a miraculous comeback, The Flash rushed for 120 yards, a TD, and three receptions. Last season, he rushed for a total of 618 yards with six TDs and only one fumble. What’s so special about this guy is that he’s so extremely versatile! He can play RB, WR, and a return specialist or simply run routes out of the backfield at an elite level.
The Falcons need this level of versatility to have a well-balanced offense. Patterson’s biggest problem in SEA will likely be the force that is Jordyn Brooks. Brooks is brutal on the field–he led the NFL in 2021 with 184 tackles.
Brooks recorded a whopping 11 solo tackles versus the 49ers last week (despite losing). Flash Patterson will have to live up to his catchy title if he’s hoping to walk away from Lumen Field with a victory.
Mariota is solid at spreading the wealth across the field between Drake London, Khadarel Hodge, and Olamide Zaccheaus. If the Seahawks have The Flash on lock, he’ll have to reroute and continue to trust his WRs but the road to an Atlanta victory will be far more difficult