A post-draft look at the Falcons’ 2017 opponents: The Seahawks, Game Ten

SEATTLE, WA – OCTOBER 16: Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons can’t make the catch on fourth down as cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks defends at CenturyLink Field on October 16, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

FLOWERY BRANCH — A look at the teams on the Falcons’ schedule and how they have reconstructed their roster since the season’s end. We’re up to Game Ten, when the Falcons travel to Seattle to face the defending NFC West champions at 8:30 p.m. on “Monday Night Football” on Nov. 20.

GAME ONE: CHICAGO BEARS

GAME TWO: GREEN BAY PACKERS

GAME THREE: DETROIT LIONS 

GAME FOUR: BUFFALO BILLS

GAME FIVE: MIAMI DOLPHINS

GAME SIX: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

GAME SEVEN: NEW YORK JETS

GAME EIGHT: CAROLINA PANTHERS

GAME NINE: DALLAS COWBOYS

GAME TEN: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Falcons at Seattle Seahawks, at 8:30 p.m., Monday Nov. 20

No longer with the Seahawks: Released CB Perrish Cox, TE Chris Briggs, C Ross Burbank, DT Rodney Coe, RB George Farmer, WR Jamel Johnson, K John Lunsford, RB Terrence Magee.

Key free agent signings/pickups: PK Blair Walsh, OT Luke Joeckel, RB Eddie Lacy, FS Bradley McDougald, ILB Michael Wilhoite and DT Dion Jordan.

Seattle Seahawks’   2017 NFL draft

2 35 Malik McDowell DT Michigan State
2 58 Ethan Pocic C LSU
3 90 Shaquill Griffin DB Central Florida
3 95 Delano Hill SS Michigan
3 102 Nazair Jones DT North Carolina
3 106 Amara Darboh WR Michigan
4 111 Tedric Thompson FS Colorado
6 187 Michael Tyson SAF Cincinnati
6 210 Justin Senior T Mississippi State
7 226 David Moore WR East Central (OK)
7 249 Chris Carson RB Oklahoma State

Weaknesses: The Seahawks are to rebuild the Legion of Boom defense, which has showed major signs of slippage over the past two seasons corresponding with Dan Quinn leaving to coach the Falcons.  The Seahawks had to rely too much on a hobbled Russell Wilson at quarterback as the running game misfired for most of the season. Wilson, who battled leg injuries over the season, had a career-low 92.5 passer rating, while he passed for a career-high 4,219 yards.

Strengths: The Seahawks won the NFC West with a 10-5-1 record last season despite a rash injuries. Getting free safety Earl Thomas back from his broken leg will be a big boost for the defense. They are hoping that Eddie Lacy can revive the rushing attack. 

Comment: After a controversial loss in Seattle, the Falcons clobbered the Seahawks, 36-20,  in the divisional round of the playoffs. It was the worst playoff loss for Seattle in the Pete Carroll-era.



FALCONS SCHEDULE

Exhibition season

Falcons at Miami Dolphins at 7 p.m. Aug. 10

Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers at 4 p.m. Aug. 20

Arizona Cardinals at Falcons at 7 p.m. Aug. 26

Jacksonville Jaguars at Falcons at 7 p.m. Aug. 31

Regular season

Sept. 10 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m., Fox

Sept. 17 Green Bay Packers, 8:30 p.m. NBC

Sept. 24 at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. Fox

Oct. 1 Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m., CBS

Oct. 8 BYE

Oct. 15 Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m., CBS

Oct. 22 at New England Patriots, 8:30 p.m., NBC

Oct. 29 at New York Jets, 1 p.m., Fox

Nov. 5 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., Fox

Nov. 12 Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m., Fox

Nov. 20 at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Nov. 26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m., Fox

Dec. 3 Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m., Fox

Dec. 7 New Orleans Saints (Thur), 8:25 p.m., NBC/NFL Network/Amazon

Dec. 18 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mon). 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Dec. 24 at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m., Fox

Dec. 31 Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., Fox

THE FALCONS 2017 DRAFT

MUST READ PROFILE: Falcons top pick McKinley makes name for himself

2017 Falcons report card: Falcons earn a B-plus

NFC Champs add a pass rusher, quality depth 

1st rounder: Meet defensive end Takkarist McKinley

3rd rounder: Meet linebacker Duke Riley

4th rounder: Meet offensive guard Sean Harlow

5th rounder: Meet defensive back Damontae Kazee

5th rounder: Meet running back Brian Hill

5th rounder: Meet tight end Eric Saubert


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