Seahawks vs Falcons

Seahawks vs Falcons:Here’s what you need to know before the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons matchup in Week 8 of the 2019 NFL season.

Falcons starting quarterback Matt Ryan saw his first practice action of the week and was officially listed as limited on the team’s injury report, but his official status for Sunday is questionable. Coach Dan Quinn said the team would take another look at Ryan on Saturday to re-asses his readiness for Sunday, although it remains to be seen when the team will announce a decision.

Many teams are reaching the midpoint of their season, making this slate of Week 8 contests pivotal in terms of which teams will be competing down the stretch and which could be playing relatively meaningless football in a month’s time. Is there a middling team poised to make a mid-season run? And will the Patriots and 49ers continue their winning ways and remain the only two unbeaten teams in football?

While there aren’t a ton of meetings between heavy hitters on the Week 8 NFL slate, this Sunday night provides a highly anticipated meeting between the Chiefs and Packers, who are looking to prove that they are legitimate Super Bowl contenders. With or without Patrick Mahomes II in the lineup, that game, along with a few others, are the ones to keep an eye on this weekend:

We’ll have a sense for what that looks like tomorrow,” Quinn said. “With Matt, we pushed it really hard with him today and we’ll see how he responds overnight to go, but I think you have to push to find out. And that’s what we did today. Grady [Jarrett] and Matt really worked hard to put themselves in that position to have a chance.”

McDougald (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Falcons, John Boyle of the Seahawks’ official site reports.

McDougald (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Falcons, John Boyle of the Seahawks’ official site reports.

Atlanta’s star quarterback is one of the few players who has played well this season. He’s currently on pace for 4,960 passing yards and 34 touchdowns, marks similar to those he achieved as the NFL MVP in 2016.

If Ryan is unable to play on Sunday, 38-year-old Matt Schaub would fill in as Atlanta’s starting quarterback against the Seahawks.

Defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson, one of the team’s most consistent pass rushers, has already been ruled out with an oblique injury. The other five are questionable: left tackle Duane Brown (biceps), right tackle Germain Ifedi (knee), corner Tre Flowers (neck), safety Bradley McDougald (back) and defensive end Ziggy Ansah (ankle). That doesn’t even include newly-acquired safety Quandre Diggs, who’s also listed as questionable with a hamstring issue.

It’s not every day an NFL team trades one of its co-captains and veteran starters for the relatively low return of a fifth-round draft choice a year after giving him a rich, long-term extension.

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