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The Seattle Seahawks will face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in the NFL with the Seahawks looking to maintain their excellent run and claim a ninth win of the season so far. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Seahawks come into this game with one of the best records in the NFL this season. At 8-1 it looks almost certain that they will be part of the postseason, but they will realize the importance of maintaining their form, and even improving, as the season reaches the climax of the playoffs. Complacency is not an option now as the regular season moves towards the final third.
The Seahawks have not been on fire by any means in recent weeks, but they have that winning habit – which is an important thing to have for any team with Super Bowl ambitions. In Week 8 they edged past St Louis on the road in a 14-9 victory, and they followed that up last week with an even closer win over Tampa Bay, in a game that ended 27-24.
So even though they are 8-1, they are far from the team to beat in the NFC at the moment. They have plenty of room to improve on both sides of the ball if they are to really push themselves to be in top form.
Russell Wilson is 144 of 231 for 1,845 yards and 15 touchdowns, and he will know he has not hit anywhere near his top form this season. The Seahawks are ranked a lowly 27th in the NFL on pass offense, averaging just 200.8 yards per game. Wilson will be hoping to significantly improve upon that as the season moves forward.
One area where the Seahawks have been over-reliant is the rush, where they rank 6th in the league, averaging 147 yards per game. Marshawn Lynch has led the way, going 726 yards on 167 carries for 6 touchdowns.
Meanwhile, the Falcons are having a torrid time this season, coming into this game with a 2-6 record. They have suffered some heavy defeats in recent weeks; 13-27 against the Arizona Cardinals, and 10-34 against Carolina. However, both those games were on the road, and they will be hoping that a return to the Georgia Dome will spark some better form. Against the Seahawks they will need it.
Today's game will start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the Fox network or online through free live stream by clicking here.