3 Seattle Seahawks Bold Predictions for Week 1

By michael obermuller
Bold predictions for the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1.
Bold predictions for the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1. / Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks made headlines when they traded for superstar safety Jamal Adams early in preseason. The move told fans that the organization was all-in on winning another Super Bowl under Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson.

The Seahawks will begin that quest on the road against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season, where they are currently 1.5-point favorites. You can always expect some surprises in Week 1, especially this year with no preseason games. Here are three bold predictions for the Seahawks in Week 1.

3. Russell Wilson Throws for 300-Plus Yards

The Atlanta Falcons struggled against the passing game last season, allowing the 11th most yards through the air in the NFL. This offseason they parted ways with veteran Desmond Trufant, and drafted his replacement A.J. Terrell in the first round. On the current Falcons depth chart, Isaiah Oliver (56.8 grade on Pro Football Focus in 2019) is set to start across from Terrell, and recent free agent acquisition Darqueze Dennard could man the slot. That's a ton of inexperience in this Atlanta secondary, and for a veteran like Russell Wilson, that inexperience shouldn't be hard to expose. Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf could be in store for big afternoons as Wilson prepares to throw all over the Falcons.

2. Jamal Adams Records His First Sack as a Seahawk

Adams isn't just a talented safety in the traditional sense, he is an incredible blitzer as well. Last season with the New York Jets, the defensive back totaled 6.5 sacks, as a frequent menace for opposing blocking units. There's no doubt that Pete Carroll is just licking his chops thinking about how he can use Jamal as an immediate game-changer. Well this Falcons offensive line is also one of their weak points, projected to rank in the bottom half of the league by publications like Establish the Run and Pro Football Focus, so we can expect the Seahawks defense to try and exploit that. Seattle lost a few edge rushers this offseason, so they may have to get creative and blitz a player like Adams once or twice on Sunday.

1. Seattle Dominates the Game

There is too much uncertainty for this Falcons group heading into Week 1, and even though they are playing in Atlanta, the Seahawks are the clear favorite to win the game. The oddsmakers are giving Seattle a point and a half, but they may not let Atlanta stay in this game for long. Both teams should try and establish the run, but how much will Todd Gurley II be used in his first NFL game since his knee issues of 2019? We already discussed the secondary and the offensive line for Atlanta, who may be forced to throw the ball on a solid Seahawks secondary if they fall behind early. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn is a Pete Carroll disciple, but this one could quickly become a lesson from master to student.

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