It's important to recognize that although Seattle has excellent opportunities in terms of the matchups, they also face some challenges.
While the Seahawks have done well as of late in terms of penalties, particularly in comparison to early on in the season, the Falcons are a very disciplined team and are among the fewest penalized teams in the league on both sides of the ball. If the Seahawks struggle against the Falcons, penalties could be a reason why.
With Chris Clemons out, rookie Bruce Irvin will get the start and be expected to be the same every-down player Clemons has been.
Irvin’s role so far this year has been to come in on passing downs on his way to eight sacks in the regular season. But this will be his first big test to see what he’ll do when asked to stop Falcons’ running back Michael Turner.
With the Falcons being primarily a passing team, the Clemons injury may not hurt them as badly if they were facing a run-heavy team like the San Francisco 49ers.
The final area is turnovers. Apart from Lynch's fumble at the goal line against the Redskins, Wilson and the Seahawks have done well both at home and on the road in recent weeks to limit costly mistakes.
Both Atlanta and Seattle are +13 in turnovers, so each team will be looking to make sure they come out ahead in this game. If the Seahawks fall behind in this area, it will only emphasize the other areas they'll need to excel at.
Overall, the Seahawks match up extremely well against this Atlanta Falcons team, which is why many experts are predicting the game to go Seattle's way.
Come Sunday, Seahawks fans will be rooting for Atlanta's streak of losing to the eventual Super Bowl representative for the NFC increases to four games.
Brandan Schulze is a Navy veteran and member of the Military Sea Hawkers, the military chapter of the official booster club for the Seattle Seahawks. For more information on the chapter, visit www.militaryseahawkers.com Membership is free for all military service members and veterans.