pehawk wrote:Good stuff Moore, very appreciated.
What concerns you in the Seahakws offense vs Falcons defense match-up?
Easily the matchup of our defensive line against your offensive line, mainly in terms of the run game. Your line is a group of maulers, and DVOA has them ranked at #3 in run blocking. Our defensive line is mainly athletic guys who can't get huge push up the middle, particularly in the DT area. In other words, if you run right at us, you'll be able to do very well unless we crash the line with mike blitzes and overloads to collapse the interior and force Marshawn to reverse direction. I know he's fast as well, and he can absolutely demolish bad tacklers, so that could be bad for us - on the other hand, our corners and safeties are really stout in the running game, so I'm hoping you try to run it outside the tackles more, even though it's very unlikely, seeing as Carroll will have studied our weaknesses. The read option with a draw up the middle to Marshawn will likely eat through our defense in a hurry.
There is a good probability that we employ the 3 DT look we used on Philly and TB, the one that I feel Nolan has been keeping under wraps so as not to give away our hand...with it, we were much better in the run game. Personally, I'm just banking on our athletic guys being able to get around your bigger guys. Who's the weakest link on your OL? If he's matched up with Babs, they better double team him. Spoon is fast, and he'll likely be spying Wilson anyways, so he might play a bigger factor in the run game while William Moore covers the TE. We'll see on Sunday.
Hawksfan78 wrote:It looks like a bend but dont break mentality. Atlanta's Defense has given up 5849 yards (almost 1000 yards more then Seattle) but average 18.7 points per game.
Very much so. We're great at getting teams to around the 30 and then smacking them around, making them get a FG (or nothing at all). Nolan has been able to dial it up against every good team we've faced so far this year - at least, the teams we expected to be toughest. Had 20+ point leads on the Broncos, Giants, and Philly (who we thought were invincible on the road after a bye week at the time), Dallas was a bit sketchy, WAS was full of missed opportunities. Should've won it by 3 TDs if the football gods were good to us, but at least we won it. That said, Seattle's offense is no picnic, they're probably one of the most underrated in the league. We'll have our hands full.
MANUNITED23 wrote:If falcons D doesn't get to Russell it will be a long day for Atlanta. I believe it will be the case on Sunday.
Honestly, this is what I'm least concerned about. Russell is freaking good. Top 5-7 in the league, right up with Ryan, Brees, and Griffin. So don't take this as bashing him...it's just that our DL hasn't gotten to anybody all year, but we're still 1st in passing TDs allowed (higher than you guys), we're tied for fifth in interceptions (higher than you guys), we've allowed the 5th worst QBR to QBs (two spots under you guys), all while facing a statistically superior set of passing offenses than you. Our DL has 29 sacks. That blows.
I'm not even saying our pass defense is better than yours. It's definitely top 5 in the league, though. Our run D is what has me concerned.