Atlanta Injuries: John Abraham DE (Groin, DNP Wed.), Jonathan Babineaux DT (Shoulder, LP Wed.), Tyson Clabo OT (Ankle, LP Wed.), Curtis Lofton LB (Knee, DNP Wed.), Stephen Nicholas LB (Knee, LP Wed.), Jason Snelling RB (Hamstring, LP Wed.), Roddy White WR (Knee, DNP Wed.), Coy Wire LB (Head, LP Wed.)
Seattle Injuries: Chris Clemons DE (Ankle, DNP Wed.), Matt Hasselbeck QB (Wrist, FP Wed.), Roy Lewis CB (Knee, DNP Wed.), Olindo Mare K (Hamstring, DNP Wed.), Benjamin Obomanu WR (Hand, FP Wed.), Chris Spencer C (Shoulder, LP Wed.), Brandon Stokely WR (Hamstring, DNP Wed.), Walter Thurmond CB (Hamstring, DNP Wed.), Mike Williams WR (Ankle, FP Wed.)
I don't think last week went as any of us thought it would. A lot of us picked the Hawks to lose, but not get blown out. Is this the most frustrating team we've seen in the last decade or so? Even the 4-12 and 5-11 Hawks weren't as frustrating as this year's version. The offsides penalties, the godawful tackling, the horrible play calls on 4th-and-1, etc...
I don't think there are going to be many positives that come out of this game. Just looking at win-loss records, this game is a mismatch. Looking at the other numbers and, well, this is a terrible mismatch. The one thing the Hawks do well is return kicks, and Atlanta's strong special teams unit will probably not allow the Seahawks to gain much of any advantage from their return unit.
My Hawk this week is Jon Ryan. He tries his damnedest to pin the Falcons in their own territory. He manages to drop three punts inside the Falcons' ten yard line. Unfortunately, the Seahawks' defense doesn't hold up their end of the bargain, and allows TD drives on two of those three beauties of punts. The Falcons win this one easily, 35-10. The misery continues.
Nice job to BeaverBird for picking Deon Butler to have a nice game. Once again, Surf Hawk is leapfrogged me in the point prediction competition. I've started sorting the spreadsheet by "Adjusted Average" now. This new number reflects throwing out the best and worst weeks you've had predicting in an effort to normalize many of the outliers. Here's the link to the spreadsheet: Link.