The Seahawks were my pick to win last week in DC, but I don’t see them winning this week in Atlanta. They have another long road trip, plus fatigue from their game on Sunday, and that injury to Chris Clemons – he tore his ACL and he is out.
I think the heat really is on the Falcons, especially offensively. Matt Ryan is the toast of the town, but has laid nothing but goose eggs in the playoffs. With Clemons out, the Seahawks pass rush should be no big deal. Ryan will have more than enough time to sit in the pocket and read the field.
Julio Jones and Roddy White will be the ultimate test for the Seahawks corners. And look for Tony Gonzales to be big a factor.
On the other side of the ball, Mike Nolan is a terrific defensive coordinator. He will outcoach the Seahawks mediocre offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell.
The matchups, travel and injury factor all work against the Seahawks this week, so I’m picking the Falcons.