The NFC South QBs present a very mixed bag for the Seahawks
The last time Atlanta got torched this badly was when Sherman came to town. I’m talking about William Tecumseh, not Richard Kevin. The Falcons did it to themselves, parting ways with Matt Ryan. They had hoped to get Deshaun Watson and wound up with Marcus Mariota. Who knows, they may be better off. I’ll assume the former Duck/Titan/Raider holds off rookie Desmond Ridder.
There isn’t much of a head-to-head track record here, as the Seahawks only faced Mariota once. That was five years ago. For what it’s worth, he had a solid game, going 20-32 for 225 yards and two scores. It’s more notable that he’s only attempted 30 passes in the past two seasons. Some may see him as coming off the scrap heap, but I think he’s still got game.
As for the Panthers, it’s anybody’s guess who the Hawks will see. The current QB is Sam Darnold, who managed nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 11 starts. We may see rookie Matt Corral, or the Panthers could deal for the afore-mentioned Garoppolo or the extremely not-the-flavor-of-the-month Baker Mayfield.
For the record, Darnold has had one forgettable loss against Seattle, back when he was with the Jets. He was 14 of 26 for just 132 yards and no touchdowns in the 40-3 loss. At least he didn’t turn the ball over, more than can be said for Baker Mayfield. He also has a loss in his single effort against the Hawks. Mayfield completed 22 of 37 passes for 249 yards, one score, and three picks.
It looks like the Saints have settled on Jameis Winston at quarterback. They also signed former Bengals and Bears QB Andy Dalton as insurance, in case Winston is injured or you know, throws five picks in a half. Okay, that was an exaggeration; he’s only thrown five picks in a game once.
As for the Hawks, he’s been pretty successful. Winston is 2-1, throwing five TDs and just one INT. Amazing. We’ve touched on the Bucs already, so let’s move on.