The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter is in Seattle and joins Noah Coslov to compare this year’s start to last year’s and get into how the Falcons will attack the Seahawks’ defense on Sunday.
SEATTLE -- After posting a stunning 23-16 upset victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, the Falcons (4-1) are set to face the Seattle Seahawks (3-1) at 4:25 p.m. Sunday in Seattle.
Surprise! Surprise! The forecast in Seattle is calling for scattered showers on Sunday.
Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Friday:
1. Practice. The Falcons are set to hold their final practice at Husky Stadium at 2:55 p.m. today. They practiced in the rain on Thursday after holding their walk-through indoors.
2. Injury report. Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones returned to practice on Thursday. He suffered a knee bruise in the Denver game. He was limited. Also, starting left guard Andy Levitre returned to practice. He was also limited.
3. Trufant family reunion. Former Seattle cornerback Marcus Trufant attended practice Thursday to see his little brother, Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant. Marcus Trufant played 10 years in the NFL from 2003 to 2012. Here's the story on the Trufant football family reunion.
4. Julio Jones vs. Richard Sherman. There's been a lot of talk about this week's marquee matchup. Richard Sherman, the four-time Pro Bowler, will shadow Jones at times. But he's not fast enough to be left with Jones one-on-one. Free safety Earl Thomas will likely be nearby assisting Sherman is some type of match-up zone. Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan shared his thoughts on the dynamic Sherman.
5. Jones, Campbell update. Check back later for the official designations for linebackers De'Vondre Campbell (high ankle sprain) and Deion Jones (ankle), who plan to play on Sunday. Linebacker Paul Worrilow (groin) has been limited in practiced this week, but is likely a week away from returning.
GAME FIVE: Falcons 23, Broncos 16
GAME FOUR: Falcons 48, Panthers 33
GAME THREE: Falcons 45, Saints 32
GAME TWO: Falcons 35, Raiders 28
GAME ONE: Buccaneers 31, Falcons 24