Seahawks will lose by 3 points
Under head coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks, an otherwise gloriously successful franchise in the last 10 years, has sucked in road openers. Seattle is 2-8 in the first road games of seasons. Weird. And the issue with week one is it is an early start for a west coast team and against a good quarterback.
The question marks Seattle has, or maybe even question mark singular, includes the pass rush. Seattle might think they know what they can do to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks, but they can’t really know. They probably thought they had the issue solved last year when they traded for Jadeveon Clowney but that didn’t work either.
If Seattle cannot get pressure on Matt Ryan, it doesn’t really matter how good the secondary is. Someone is going to get open.
That said, any team opening at home in 2020 is going to have it a bit easier. With no preseason games, an away team is having to figure a lot of things out, like travel, etc. A home team can just focus on the game. And for a home team with a good quarterback, like the Falcons have, that makes it easier.
Seattle and Atlanta will be close because all Seahawks games are heart-wrenching, but in the end the Falcons will win 24-21 and Seattle will still make the playoffs in 2020.