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10 a.m., Georgia Dome

TV: Ch. 13. Radio: 710-AM, 97.3-FM.

The series: Seattle leads, 8-5. The last time the teams met in the regular season (Oct. 2, 2011), the Seahawks lost, 30-28, in Atlanta.

What to watch: The Seahawks are just trying to find a rhythm. Each week, they win. Each week, there are numerous problems in the process. The newest is an inability to stop the run. Sunday, they will face the league’s worst rushing attack, though the Seahawks will be without defensive end Red Bryant. Seattle has plenty of depth to make up for Bryant’s absence. The Seahawks also have problems on the offensive line this week, once again going down three starters. Center Max Unger will not play after experiencing concussion symptoms last Sunday. Capable backup Lemuel Jeanpierre will start in his place. Seattle is on the road and in another situation where it’s a heavy favorite. Maybe this is the week it plays a complete game and offers up a blowout of an inferior team.

The pick: Seahawks, 34-17.

Prime numbers


No. NamePos.Ht.Wt.Year

3 Russell WilsonQB5-11206second

Wilson was banged around last week but says he feel “great.”

24Marshawn LynchRB5-11215seventh

Seahawks will want him to keep rolling.

61 Lemuel JeanpierreC6-3301fourth

Jeanpierre is back in at center because Max Unger is out.

89 Doug BaldwinWR5-10189third

After a couple of drops early last week, he had a strong performance with Sidney Rice out.

99 Tony McDanielDT6-7305eighth

McDaniel will be part of the group to help replace Red Bryant, who is out because of a concussion.


No. NamePos.Ht.Wt.Year

21 Desmond TrufantCB6-0190first

Ex-UW star from Wilson High is already Atlanta’s best corner.

39 Steven JacksonRB6-224010th

Jackson will try to get the league’s worst running game going.

50 Osi UmenyioraDE6-325511th

Falcons’ sacks leader could have a good day against Seattle’s backup tackles.

84 Roddy WhiteWR6-0211ninth

White is dinged up but is expected to play this week.

88 Tony GonzalezTE6-524717th

Old Man River still has it.