Fact: The Atlanta Falcons have scored one touchdown in two road games this season.
Fact: The Seahawks are 25-8 since moving into Qwest Field in 2007.
Yes, if you are a 1-2 team forced to travel to the farthest NFL outpost from your home base, Seattle is not a bad destination. Cool city, subpar opponent.
Somehow, the Seahawks lift their game at home, more so than most teams.
Good things for the Falcons is, Seattle’s offense has done with, not surprisingly, with Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback. In three games, only 30 points.
Figuring the Falcons’ D can keep the ‘Hawks in the teens, the Matt Ryan Non-Express need only to come up with a couple of touchdowns and a pair of field goals.
Given how the line has protected Ryan (or not) and blocked for Michael Turner, points and yards might not come easy.
After the opening loss with the Bears, arm-chair quarterbacks wondered why Ryan did not throw downfield more instead of the short stuff. Now we know. The line has afforded him little time.
Maybe Atlanta should roll out a no-huddle offense earlier. It worked beautifully late against the Eagles in the Falcons’ lone win. There is no law in the coaching bible that says it cannot be deployed earlier.
In the Georgia Dome, this would be a game to consider in the popular NFL knockout pools.
In Seattle, they will be the better team. But better teams than it has visited the birthplace of grunge music and not found Nirvana.