The Seahawks are 1-1 entering Week 3 while the Atlanta Falcons are 0-2. But based on Week 2, the Falcons could be the more confident team.
It’s not how you start but how you finish things, right? And after the Seahawks started poorly in Week 2 and didn’t finish any better, while the Falcons made a valiant but futile attempt to come back late against the Rams, Atlanta has something to build on. This is while Seattle simply tries to rebuild.
Seattle has lots of questions that still need answers. One of those isn’t quarterback, however. Geno Smith hasn’t been perfect but he has done everything Seattle has asked him to do. Basically, Seattle isn’t asking him to do enough.
So what might happen in Week 3? Here are three predictions that very likely are unlikely to happen but I’ll give my best guesses.
Three bold predictions for the Seahawks Week 3 versus the Falcons
Prediction 1: Jordyn Brooks gets 20 tackles and 2 tackles for loss
Jordyn Brooks was second in the NFL in tackles in 2021 and led the league in solo tackles. He is a very good player. But I expected more out of him through two games this season. Brooks has missed on 8 percent of his attempted tackles in 2022, a career-high. He does lead the team in tackles with 23 and that is second in the NFL. (Teammate Cody Barton is seventh with 21 by the way.)
But Brooks isn’t making any splash plays. Maybe he feels more pressure this year as he is the undisputed leader in the Seahawks linebacker room after Bobby Wagner left this offseason. Brooks also calls the plays for the defense. He needs to call his number a bit more, however. He has the ability to blitz and attack and he needs to do that more often.
Brooks will have his best game of 2022 against the Falcons. Atlanta tends to use its quarterback on runs more and its running back room is only pedestrian. None of them are faster than Brooks. He should be able to disrupt Atlanta’s offense and prove he is one of the best LBs in the league.