Here's why the Seahawks are in trouble vs. the Falcons on Saturday

Atlanta (11-5) won the NFC South for the first time since 2012, which was also the last time this team was in the playoffs. Had a flag been thrown, the Falcons would have sustained the drive for an opportunity at a game-winning field goal.

"But I feel like we're built for that and we're looking forward to the challenge".

With Thomas done for the year and the offence a year-long mess, oddly defined by its awful running game and pathetic offensive line instead of its superstar quarterback and dynamic receiving talent, the Seahawks looked finished, especially after they kissed away their first round bye with a loss to Arizona at home.

They've done it by going to more I formation with Reece ahead of Rawls and more straight-ahead blocking against Detroit than their usual single-back sets and nearly exclusive zone blocking. It is what it is. Well, it was a Mike Smith-led team then, but you get the idea. "They let us play".

"We will absolutely not go down that road". Maybe not the 34 you are averaging, but I do know this, you have to put pressure on this defense.

Those discussion won't take place before kickoff, Jones emphasized.

"This is not about me", Jones said to 11Alive. That's their job. They'll call [pass interference] if they call it.

Saturday's officiating crew will be headed by Gene Steratore, though he won't have his typical cast surrounding him.

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Seattle's pass protection and run blocking has been problematic, so there could be opportunities to disrupt Wilson's timing. But while Allen's crew was far from flawless, the Lions didn't do enough to help their own cause, particularly on defense.

Wilson's focus is sharper than the crease on overstarched jeans, but blaring "Dirty Sprite 2", from the speakers as he's trying to warm up for the biggest game of of the season, might get to him just a smidge.or it might fire one of the fiercest competitors in the league up. In the big picture, the loss didn't prove costly.

Fullback Marcel Reese injured his foot in last Saturday's win over Detroit and his status for the Falcons game is uncertain. The coach hasn't address such penalties with his team this week.

"We're expecting a fight", said Bobby Wagner, Seattle's standout inside linebacker. "I'm just a kid from Flint, man".

Normally, a defense can't afford to lose the best player at his position in the National Football League, but the Seahawks didn't become the best franchise over the last four years because of one player.

"We wasn't ready", Jones said. "I'm physical myself. So we'll see how it goes". On a 4th-and-10, quarterback Matt Ryan threw a deep pass to Jones, but the coverage by Richard Sherman proved to be too much.

Information from ESPN's Sheil Kapadia was used in this report. This should make for an electric matchup when the Seahawks head to the Georgia Dome to take on Matt Ryan and the Falcons.

Carroll was asked again by 710-AM host Mike Salk what was behind Sherman challenging colleague host Jim Moore days after the Pro Bowl cornerback yelled at offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Carroll on the sideline about throwing from the 1-yard line against the Los Angeles Rams Dec. 15. "My wife would tell you I'm getting better". I don't have any grudge against Sherman.

"I haven't seen the replay, but our job is to play, " Ryan said. Whatever happened [in Week 6], it was then. Lane played in 51 defensive snaps and 20 special teams snaps and he tallied five tackles.

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