Seahawks Vs. Falcons: Tarvaris Jackson & Seattle Fall To Matt Ryan & Atlanta 30-28

The Seattle Seahawks prepare to face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

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Seahawks Place Matt McCoy On IR, Switch Out Tight Ends On Practice Squad

The Seattle Seahawks have placed linebacker Matt McCoy on the injured reserve just two days after McCoy sustained an injury against the Atlanta Falcons, according to Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR. The team has also cut tight end Fendi Onobun and signed tight end John Nalbone to the practice squad.

McCoy collided with Aaron Curry on a punt return in Sunday's game and left the game. He is done for the season, and the Seahawks have replaced him with fourth-year linebacker David Vobora.

Onobun played for the St. Louis Rams last year Ilike Vobora) but only appeared in three games. The second-year tight end had two catches all season for 15 yards, and will look elsewhere around the NFL for employment.

Nalbone, meanwhile, played with the Miami Dolphins for the past two seasons but didn't record a single catch during his two-year stint. Nalbone (25) is one year older than Onobun (24).

The Seahawks are preparing for this week's road game against the New York Giants and will have to get contributions from other players to make up for McCoy's loss. Seattle is looking for its first road win of the year.


Seahawks To Sign Linebacker David Vobora

The Seattle Seahawks will sign linebacker David Vobora in light of Matt McCoy's injury, according to John Boyle. Vobora is 25-years-old and has three years of NFL experience under his belt.

The Seahawks lost McCoy in Sunday's game after a collision with Aaron Curry on a punt return, and the result was an awkward bend in McCoy's knee. The Seahawks have not announced anything official on McCoy yet, and reports right now range from a possible season-ending injury to something less serious. For now, McCoy's status is all speculation, though head coach Pete Carroll thinks that the injury is not season-ending.

McCoy will surely miss some games though, and the Seahawks will bring in Vobora as insurance. The product from Idaho played for the St. Louis Rams during his first three seasons and made 16 starts. Vobora actually signed with the Seahawks out of the 2008 NFL Draft but was cut in training camp.

He now gets another chance to play for the Seahawks, and his strength on special teams will certainly be utilized. Vobora expects to see a sizeable role with his new team.


Pete Carroll Doesn’t Regret 61-Yard Field Goal Try At End Of Falcons Game

The Seattle Seahawks pieced together a furious rally against the Atlanta Falcons after being down 17 points at halftime, and the result was a very tight game in the latter half of Saturday's fourth quarter. The Seahawks closed to within 30-28 and the game came down to a 61-yard field goal attempt by Steven Hauschka.

That kick ended up being a little short and to the left, and with the loss we are left to ponder what could have been if the kick had gone otherwise for this next week. According to Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has no such regrets.

Seattle regained possession of the ball with 1:43 left in the game at their own 15-yard line, and quarterback Tavaris Jackson led the team down the field to the Atlanta 43-yard line. The Seahawks found themselves facing a 4th-and-8 with 16 seconds left, and Carroll opted to try the 61-yard potential game-winning field goal instead of going for it on fourth down.

It was a bold move by Carroll. There have been only nine successful field goal attempts in NFL history from over 60 yards, and Hauschka's career-best mark is 54 yards. The odds at that point were certainly stacked against the Seahawks. Wouldn't it have been better to go for it on 4th-and-8?

Maybe not. Converting 4thand-8 is very challenging in itself, and the resulting field goal (assuming that the Seahawks converted) would require a 53-yard field goal attempt or better. That's one that Hauschka can definitely hit, but those three points would have been no sure thing either.

The controversy here comes down to whether the Seahawks had a better chance of converting both the 4th-and-8 and the 53-yard field goal or of hitting the 61-yard field goal by itself. We won't ever know what could have happened, but you have to respect that Carroll stood true to his decision. That's the sign of a confident head coach, something that the 1-3 Seahawks will need in the coming weeks to right the ship.


Seahawks Vs Falcons: If Nothing Else, That Was A Fun Game

Isn't being a fan supposed to be fun? Well, it was this week.


Seahawks Vs Falcons: Some Takeaways

Some encouraging takeaways from the Seahawks' loss to the Falcons on Sunday.


Seahawks Injury Report: Matt McCoy (Knee, Serious), Mike Williams (Concussion) & Others

The Seattle Seahawks suffered a host of injuries at critical positions, the most serious looking like it occurred to Matt McCoy. McCoy was carted off the field, and it's being reported as a serious injury. We'd have to guess that McCoy is either done for the season or out for an extended period of time.. This could open things up for Aaron Curry to stay in the lineup if he can also recover fully from the hip injury he sustained.

Christian Caple of the Seattle PI has the full report of Seahawks injuries.

For more discussion on Seahawks injuries, go to Field Gulls to talk more with Seattle fans about them!


Seahawks vs. Falcons Score & Recap: Pete Carroll Makes Questionable Decision, Seattle Comes Up Short 30-28

The Atlanta Falcons seemed on the verge of a colossal breakdown against the Seattle Seahawks. But Pete Carroll had probably a little bit too much faith in his field goal kicker at the end. 

After Seattle cut the Atlanta lead to 27-21, the Falcons drove down the field, where Matt Ryan found Julius Jones twice, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and Jacquizz Rodgers to set up another Matt Bryant field goal (this one from 42 yards) to put the Falcons up 30-21. Back came Seattle though, as Tarvaris Jackson found Doug Baldwin, scrambled for a first down, and hooked up with Ben Obomanu twice (including on the touchdown score) to cut Atlanta's lead to two halfway through the fourth quarter.

Atlanta then took the ball and took a lot of time off the clock, picking up three huge third down conversions along the way. Seattle got the ball back with 1:49 left, and Jackson did find Justin Forsett twice, Doug Baldwin once, and Zach Miller twice to set up Seattle at midfield. But then Pete Carroll decided to kick the field goal on 4th and 8 at the Atlanta 43 with :16 left instead of running another play and trying for a more manageable kick for Steven Hauschka. Hauschka's 61 yard kick knuckled left and short, and the Falcons held on for the victory.

To discuss the result with Seahawks fans, go to Field Gulls. To discuss the result with Falcons fans, go to The Falcoholic.


Seahawks vs. Falcons Score Update: Seattle Rallies, Down 27-21; Mike Williams Injured

Don't look now, but the Seattle Seahawks are rallying against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons drove down the field early in the third quarter with a 45 yard reception by Julio Jones from Matt Ryan. It looked like Atlanta was comfortably padding their lead with a Matt Bryant 50 yard field goal to put Atlanta up 27-21.

But then Seattle drove right back down the field. Tarvaris Jackson found Marshawn Lynch for five yards, Doug Baldwin for 20 yards, and Mike Williams for 19 yards to set up the Williams six yard touchdown reception. After forcing a three and out thanks to an Atlanta holding penalty, Seattle drove right down the field thanks to more Jackson connections with Lynch, Baldwin, and Justin Forsett, but Thomas DeCoud picked off a throw intended for Zach Miller in the end zone when it bounced off the tight end.

Almost immediately though, the Falcons offense got booted off the field, and Leon Washington returned a punt 33 yards to the Atlanta 11. That set up a Lynch 11 yard touchdown rush to bring Seattle within a touchdown. However, Williams suffered a head injury and is questionable to return.

To further discuss Seahawks-Falcons, check our SB Nation team sites at Field Gulls (Seattle) and The Falcoholic (Atlanta).


Seahawks vs. Falcons Halftime Score: Michael Turner, Atlanta Dominating Seattle 24-7

The Atlanta Falcons are completely in control against the Seattle Seahawks. Curtis Lofton picked off a Tarvaris Jackson pass at the Seattle 37 yard line. This set up a Michael Turner 21 yard rush to put Atlanta up 14-0. Seattle responded with the Jackson hookup to Sidney Rice (watch it here!), but then Atlanta came back with a six minute, 11 play, 72 yard drive that was capped off by a physical Turner one yard touchdown rush. Matt Ryan hooked up with Julius Jones and Roddy White to set up the second Turner score. Another Seattle three-and-out gave Atlanta the chance to drive down and get a Matt Bryant 47 yard field goal before halftime.

Seattle's offense has been sputtering. Other than the Jackson-to-Rice hookups, the Seattle offense has managed five first downs, FIVE rushing yards, and have converted only one of their five third down conversion opportunities. Jackson has thrown for 133 yards, but 82 of them came on the Jackson-Rice touchdown drive. For the most part, Seattle has been held in check, and they're in a perilous position going into the second half.

For more on the Seahawks, check out Field Gulls. For more on the Falcons, go to The Falcoholic.


Seahawks vs. Falcons Score Update: Matt Ryan Finds Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Up 7-0 Through 1st Quarter

The Seattle Seahawks went three-and-out to start off the game against the Atlanta Falcons, and they paid for that early ineptitude by giving up an early score. Rushes by Matthew Turner (rushes of three, six and three yards) and Jacquizz Rodgers (who had rushes of seven and eleven yards). Matt Ryan found Julius Jones for five yards, Tony Gonzalez for nine yards, and then landed Roddy White for 26 yards. Ryan then found Gonzalez in the corner of the end zone to give Atlanta a 7-0 lead.

Tarvaris Jackson then found Sidney Rice and Mike Williams for first down hookups on the next drive, but the drive stalled at midfield and Seattle was forced to punt again. The Falcons are driving at midfield.

The Seahawks have suffered some significant injuries to their front seven. Defensive end Aaron Curry rolled into the knee of linebacker Matt McCoy. McCoy injured his knee and is out. Curry apparently injured his hip and is probable to return.

To discuss Seattle-Atlanta with Seahawks fans, go to Field Gulls. To discuss the game with Falcons fans, go to The Falcoholic.


Seahawks vs. Falcons, Injury Report: Kam Chancellor Out For Seattle, Justin Babineaux Out For Atlanta

As the Seattle Seahawks prepare for the Atlanta Falcons down in Hot-lanta, they will be without a few key players this Sunday, most notably the Chancellor of the ’hawks defense.

Strong safety and leading tackler Kam Chancellor will be inactive for the Seahawks today due to a deep thigh bruise he suffered last week against Arizona. Atari Bigby will start in his place, getting a lot of action on special teams this afternoon as well.

Quarterback Josh Porter, wide receiver Kris Durham, corner back Byron Maxwell, offensive guard Robert Gallery, offensive tackle Jarriel King, and defensive tackle Al Woods will all be out for Seattle this Sunday.

The Falcons will play without defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux and linebacker Stephen Nicholas, two very important starters in Atlanta’s struggling defense. Peria Jerry and Mike Peterson will take their spots in the starting lineup.

Also inactive for the Falcons this afternoon are cornerback Darrin Walls, running back Jason Snelling, center Brett Romberg, offensive guard Mike Johnson, and defensive end Cliff Matthews.


Seahawks Vs Falcons: Some Notes On Personnel Packages

Taking a look at some of the Seahawks defensive sub-packages.


Roddy White Injury Status: Receiver Will Reportedly Play

Jay Glazer is reporting that Roddy White "is fine" and will play today in Atlanta's matchup with the Seahawks after being listed as "Questionable" at the end of this week's practices. This comes as great news to a Falcons team that has been relying heavily on their pass game and are matched up against a team that defends the run well, in the Seahawks.

Glazer apparently got the news from Falcons' head coach Mike Smith, and in my opinion is one of the more accurate reporters in the business. This report makes sense too, considering that White made the trip out to Seattle.

The Seahawks secondary will have their hands full with Roddy White in action. They'll have to account for White, Julio Jones, Tony Gonzalez, and a bevy of other capable receivers. Matt Ryan will look to spread the love. Marcus Trufant and Brandon Browner will be starting at LCB/RCB and will get the lovely task of defending two explosive playmaking threats. 

For more on this game, check out the rest of our Seahawks vs. Falcons StoryStream or head over to Field Gulls.


Seahawks vs. Falcons: Kickoff, TV Schedule, Radio Coverage, Online Stream And More

After recording their first victory of the season against the Cardinals last week, the Seattle Seahawks are looking for a big win against the Atlanta Falcons, a team many had projected to make a run in the NFC playoffs.

As for the Falcons, they have been a boom-or-bust team of sorts in 2011 and have sustained quite a few injuries, most notably one to all-pro wide receiver Roddy White.

Here is all of the game day coverage you will need to get ready for the matchup:

Kickoff: 4:05 ET / 1:05 PT

Weather Report: It should be a great day of football in Seattle. Temperatures should be in the low-60's at kickoff and rain is not expected until later in the evening.

TV: FOX (channel 13 in Seattle): Craig Bolerjack (play-by-play), John Lynch (commentary)

Radio: 710 ESPN Radio & 97.3 FM: Steve Raible (play-by-play), Warren Moon (commentary), Jen Mueller (sidelines)
Westwood One: Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Mark Malone (commentary)

Betting Line: The Falcons come in as 5 1/2 point favorites.

Online Coverage: Field Gulls is the place to check out for continued Seahawks coverage. If you're looking for frequent updates on the game, you can find that here.


Seahawks Vs. Falcons: The Relatively Unheralded Return Of Leroy Hill

A little bit about Leroy Hill's role on this Seahawks defense.


Seahawks Vs Falcons: Pete Carroll's Franchise Envy

I think it's fair to say that Pete has franchise envy for what Atlanta has built and were able to do in 2010.


Roddy White Injury Update: Atlanta Falcons Receiver's Quad Should Be Fine

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has been dealing with a quad injury, but don't expect him to be out on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. White was listed on the injury report throughout the week, and was given the questionable designation on Friday. But despite the listing, White is expected to be good to go on Sunday, barring something going spectacularly wrong ahead of the game.

For the Seahawks, White's presence creates a headache in coverage, and he should see plenty of action throughout the game. Matt Ryan has shouldered the workload for Atlanta, and his rapport with White makes the two dangerous. Though the Seahawks defense has been solid, especially against the run, White's athleticism on the outside has the potential to wreck havoc, especially on Brandon Browner's side of the field.

As it stands, the Seahawks won't dodge a bullet, and will have to deal with White on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. Expect Ryan to look White's way early and often as the Falcons try to exploit holes in the Seahawks defense, especially with Kam Chancellor looking doubtful at the safety spot. If White's quad holds up, he could have a big game on Sunday.

For more on this game, check out the rest of our Seahawks vs. Falcons StoryStream or head over to Field Gulls.


Seahawks Vs Falcons Injury Report: Michael Robinson, Matt McCoy Probable; Roddy White Questionable

The Seahawks and Falcons released their injury report for Friday and the big hit for the Seahawks this week is the unexpected listing of Kam Chancellor as doubtful for Sunday's matchup against the Falcons.

Other notable injury updates though include the listing of fullback Michael Robinson and linebacker Matt McCoy as probable for the Seahawks and Roddy White as questionable for the Falcons. 

Robinson has missed the last several weeks after injuring his ankle in week one against the 49ers. Now that he's back, it's looking like Eddie Williams' spot on the roster may be in danger. McCoy, a key backup at linebacker in the Seahawks' nickel packages (among others), returns after missing some practice with a banged up shoulder. Both of these players' returns are a big boost for the Seahawks, particularly on special teams. 

Falcons Injury Report:

Out: DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee), DE Cliff Matthews (knee), LB Stephen Nicholas (calf), RB Jason Snelling (concussion).

Questionable: WR Roddy White (thigh)

Seahawks Injury Report:

Out: LG Robert Gallery.

Doubtful: S Kam Chancellor (thigh), CB Byron Maxwell (ankle).

Probable: FB Michael Robinson (ankle), LB Matt McCoy (shoulder), OT Jerriel King (ankle)

For more on the Seahawks, check out Field Gulls.


Seahawks Vs. Falcons Injury Report: Kam Chancellor Officially Doubtful With Deep Thigh Bruise

The Seahawks defense took a potential hit this week as strong safety Kam Chancellor has been declared doubtful for Sunday's game with the Falcons because of a deep thigh bruise. Chancellor hasn't practiced at all this week and it's looking like veteran Atari Bigby will get the start. 

Chancellor has been playing well for the Seahawks this season and will be sorely missed this week as Atlanta looks to get their run game going. Michael Turner is arguably one of the most difficult running backs to bring down and Chancellor is one of the Seahawks biggest hitters in run support. He's also been effective in coverage so the Seahawks depth will really have to step up.

The likely starter, Atart Bigby, has been good against the pass in his career and should provide solid support in that area this Sunday. He's also good on blitzes and already has a sack this season in limited action. Look for the Seahawks to mix up their personnel groupings this week to get Bigby involved in blitzing and rookie Jeron Johnson may get some looks as well. 

For more on the Seahawks, check out Field Gulls.


Tom Cable's Back Surgery Causes Seahawks To Get Inventive

Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable has missed the last couple of days of practice recuperating from Monday back surgery, but rejoined the team Friday and will be ready to go this Sunday. And even though he missed a few practices this week in body, he certainly didn't miss a thing in mind. 

Head coach Pete Carroll shared through Twitter that coach Cable had indeed been making practice from his hospital bed via skype on an ipad, which isn't only very savvy on behalf of the Seahawks but also just plain cool:

Glad Coach Cable's back from surgery! Really cool we could include him thru Skype the last few days:
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The picture posted by Carroll gives you a sense of how it might have worked, having an assistant coach shove his ipad in the trenches at practices, getting in where Cable's face likely would have been if not for his time in the hospital. True, there's nothing better than the real thing, but skype practice is better than no practice, and it must have made coach Cable's R&R time go a lot faster being able to do work remotely in the hospital. 


Seahawks vs. Falcons Injury Report: Kam Chancellor Does Not Practice Thursday

The Seattle Seahawks will welcome in the Atlanta Falcons to town this week in a game against a team who seems to be all-or-nothing to this point in the season. One week they appear to be contenders for the NFC Championship, the next they're struggling to even move the ball without foolish mistakes and turnovers.

Which team will show up to Seattle this week? While that remains to be seen, we do have an injury report and a better idea of who may play in week four:

Did Not Participate, Out For This Week:

G Robert Gallery (groin)

Did Not Participate:

S Kam Chancellor (quad), CB Byron Maxwell (ankle)

Full Participation In Practice:

LB Matt McCoy, FB Michael Robinson, T Jarriel King

Fortunately, the Seahawks appear to be relatively healthy heading into this week's matchup, though Kam Chancellor's status remains unknown for Sunday. 

For the Falcons, they have been bit by the injury bug in recent weeks and had quite a few players out of practice on Thursday. Star wide receiver Roddy White did not practice with a thigh injury and he is questionable this week. Stephen Nicholas and Jonathan Babineaux also missed practice.

For more on the Seahawks, check out Field Gulls.


Seahawks vs. Falcons, NFL Injury Report: Roddy White Inactive In Practice, Matt McCoy Dealing With Two Injuries

The Seattle Seahawks will take on the Atlanta Falcons this weekend as the team looks to move to .500 for the first time this season. Both teams are facing injuries this week, though the Falcons have been struck a little bit harder on this front. Linebacker Matt McCoy is dealing with two injuries while the Falcons missed their top receiver in practice on Wednesday, according to Seattle Pi's Chrisitan Caple.

Wide receiver Roddy White of the Falcons did not practice on Wednesday with a thigh injury. White is a central part of the Falcons pass attack and broke through last weekend against the Tampa Bay Buccanners with his biggest game of the season, racking up 140 yards on nine receptions. His status for Sunday is unclear at this point, but the Falcons will be at a disadvantage if they have to play without him.

Linebacker Matt McCoy, one of the only Seahawks to be dealing with injuries this week, is actually dealing with multiple injuries. In addition to the head injury he suffered last weekend against the Arizona Cardinals, the linebacker is also working through a shoulder injury . This season, McCoy has started only one of the team's three games while recording 15 tackles. His status is uncertain as well at the moment.

Other Seahawks held out of practice today include safety Kam Chancellor (quadriceps) and cornerback Byron Maxwell (ankle). The Seahawks, at this point, appear to be in pretty good shape ahead of Sunday's home game.


Tom Cable Has Back Surgery, Remains in the Hospital

Assistant Coach Tom Cable's recent back surgery leaves his status questionable for this Sunday's game against the Falcons. For More on the Seahawks head over to Field Gulls.


Seattle Seahawks Lead NFL With Fewest Dropped Passes Through Three Weeks

The Sehawks have only dropped one pass all season, placing them tops in the league along with the New England Patriots.

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