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Who will win, Falcons or Seahawks? Experts' picks

Sunday's Falcons game marks the first season opener to take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in its history

Editor's note: The game predictions below reflect the majority of picks from each media outlet. Splits will be noted.

Week 1 - Seahawks

The Falcons will open the 2020 NFL season by hosting the Seattle Seahawks at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday. Atlanta will look to continue the momentum it built with four consecutive victories to end the 2019 campaign.

For a deeper look into Sunday's matchup, see below for the capsule of the Falcons Week 1 game courtesy of the NFL's Football Communications Department.


  • QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 4,110 yards with 31 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 106.3 rating in 2019. Has 86 career regular-season wins & needs 7 in 2020 to surpass PEYTON MANNING (92) for most by QB in his first 9 seasons. Has career 101.2 passer rating, second-highest in NFL history (min. 1,500 attempts). Has 6 TDs vs. INT for 104 rating in four career starts vs. Atlanta.
  • RB CHRIS CARSON ranked 5th in NFL with career-high 1,230 rush yards and had 9 scrimmage TDs (7 rush, 2 rec.) in 2019. Is only RB with 1,100+ rush yards & 7+ rush TDs in each of past 2 seasons. Rushed for 90 yards & TD in last meeting.
  • RB CARLOS HYDE makes Seattle debut. Had career-high 1,070 rush yards with Houston last season.
  • WR TYLER LOCKETT set career-highs in receptions (82) & rec. yards (1,057) & had 8 rec. TDs in 2019. Had 6 catches for 100 yards in last meeting.
  • WR DK METCALF had 58 receptions for 900 yards last season, both second-most by rookie in franchise history.
  • TE GREG OLSEN makes Seattle debut. Ranks fifth all-time among TEs in catches (718) & receiving yards (8,444).
  • LB BOBBY WAGNER led NFL with 159 tackles in 2019, his 8th consecutive season with 100+ tackles. Leads active players with 1,073 tackles since 2012.
  • LB K.J. WRIGHT had career-high 132 tackles last season.
  • LB BRUCE IRVIN had career-high 8.5 sacks with Car. in 2019 & had 22 sacks in 4 seasons (2012-15) with Seattle.
  • S JAMAL ADAMS makes Seattle debut. Had 6.5 sacks in 2019, tied 4th-most by DB in single season since 1982.


  • QB MATT RYAN has 51,186 career pass yards and needs 290 to surpass HOFer JOHN ELWAY (51,475) for 9th-most in NFL history. Reached 50,000 pass yards second-fewest games (186) in NFL history. Has 4,000+ pass yards in nine consecutive seasons, second-longest streak in NFL history. Has 10 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 96.1 rating in 5 career starts vs. Seattle.
  • RB TODD GURLEY makes Atlanta debut. Since 2015, leads NFL in both rush TDs (58) & total TDs (70) & ranks 2nd in both rush yards (5,404) & scrimmage yards (7,494). Has 623 scrimmage yards (124.6 per game) & 11 TDs in his past 5 vs. Seattle.
  • WR JULIO JONES ranked second in NFL with 1,394 rec. yards last season & became 3rd WR (ANTONIO BROWN & TORRY HOLT) with 1,250+ rec. yards in six consecutive seasons in NFL history. Became fastest player (125 games) to reach 12,000 rec. yards in league annals. Has 55 career games with 100+ rec. yards, 4th most in NFL history. Has 489 rec. yards (122.3 per game) & TD catch in 4 career games vs. Seattle.
  • WR CALVIN RIDLEY had 63 catches for career-high 866 rec. yards & 7 TDs in 2019.
  • DT GRADY JARRETT had career-high 7.5 sacks last season.
  • DE DANTE FOWLER makes Atlanta debut. Had career-high 11.5 sacks with Rams in 2019.
  • LB DEION JONES had 110 tackles last season, his 3rd career 100-tackle season. Is 1 of 4 with 4-plus defensive TDs (4) since 2016.
  • S DAMONTAE KAZEE has 10 INTs since 2018, tied-most in NFL.
  • CB A.J. TERRELL was selected in 1st round (16th overall) in 2020 NFL Draft.

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