Seahawks vs. Falcons Betting Odds: Can Russell Wilson & Co. Carve Up Atlanta?

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  • The Seattle Seahawks are significant road favorites against a Matt Ryan-less Atlanta Falcons.
  • Our experts break down the biggest mismatch for Sunday's matchup. (Hint: It has to do with Russell Wilson.)

Seahawks at Falcons Betting Odds

  • Odds: Seahawks -8
  • Over/Under: 50
  • Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: FOX

Odds as of Thursday evening and via PointsBet, where Action Network users can access an exclusive promotion to get a 200% deposit match (deposit $50, bet with $150).

Editor’s note: Matt Ryan has officially been ruled out.

This is the second of two Week 8 games featuring a banged-up NFC South quarterback hoping to get some playing time. While there’s no line currently available, our experts break down the biggest matchup for this game below.

Seahawks-Falcons Injury Report

Which team is healthier? Seahawks

The Falcons could be in trouble for this one considering Matt Ryan (ankle) didn’t practiced on Wednesday or Thursday. That said, head coach Dan Quinn said Ryan is expected to play on Sunday. His Friday status will give us a clearer answer.

Atlanta also has a few key injuries on the defensive side of the ball with cornerback Desmond Trufant (toe) and defensive lineman Grady Jarrett (abdomen) not practicing on Wednesday or Thursday. Jarrett grades out as the Falcons’ best defender, per Pro Football Focus. He’s second on the team in pressures and third in hurries.

The Seahawks could potentially get offensive lineman Duane Brown (biceps) back after he returned to limited practice. He’d be a welcome addition back to the offensive line since he’s graded as their best pass-blocker among their offensive linemen. Justin Bailey

Note: Info as of Thursday. See our Injury Report for daily practice participation and game statuses up until kickoff.

Biggest Mismatch

Russell Wilson vs. Falcons Pass Defense

The Falcons’ defense is currently allowing the most touchdowns (17) and second-most yards (1,918) through the air with the lowest sack rate (2.1%) and third-lowest interception rate (0.9%) in the league.

It’s a banged up, poorly-schemed, poorly executed, unmitigated disaster of a unit that puts the “lame” in Quinn’s lame-duck status.

The Falcons’ long-standing issues in pass defense are the chief reason behind their 0-8 record against the spread in their past eight games as an underdog of three or more points under Quinn (per Bet Labs).

This week’s regularly scheduled shredding will come courtesy of Russell Wilson, who is familiar with Quinn’s scheme from Quinn’s days as Seattle’s defensive coordinator.

Wilson is tied for the league lead in touchdown passes, is second interception rate (0.4%), and fourth in yards per attempt (8.5), but is coming off an ugly 20-of-41 effort with a pick-six to boot against Baltimore. The Falcons are a get-right spot for a quarterback who is rarely wrong. — Chris Raybon

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