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Falcons-Seahawks scouting report

Hot Seahawks a roadblock for Matt Ryan

Seahawks on offense: Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is a great athlete with exceptional leadership skills. He is vertically challenged at 5 feet 11 inches, but his ability to get out of the pocket and fire spirals downfield is how he compensates. Wilson has good foot speed and can shake and bake in the open field, but he has learned to get down and avoid big hits. Sidney Rice (he’s tall, fast, and competitive) and Golden Tate (he has strong hands and high energy) are solid, steady receivers. Tight end Zach Miller is very reliable and rugged. He’ll move the chains. Tailback Marshawn Lynch will move ’em, too. The beastly tailback runs with great power and quickness. He has the speed to run around you and the strength to run over you. Nobody in the NFL breaks more tackles.

Falcons on defense: John Abraham (10 sacks; 122 for his 13-year career) continues to play at a high level (how happy is he that he escaped New York?). He’ll make things uncomfortable for Wilson. Linebackers Stephen Nicholas (97 tackles) and Sean Witherspoon (96) are a pretty good 1-2 physical punch. The veteran secondary has some real ballhawks in Asante Samuel, Thomas DeCoud, and Dunta Robinson.

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