5 bold predictions for Seahawks vs. Falcons in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season

Todd Gurley, Falcons
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Todd Gurley Runs for Over 100 Yards

Todd Gurley is well acquainted with the Seahawks. The former All-Pro faced them twice a year when he played in Los Angeles. However, Gurley couldn’t break free either time he faced Seattle last season. The Seahawks limited him to roughly 3.4 yards per carry and 130 total rushing yards.

Now that he’s had a full offseason to recover from an incredibly disappointing season, we’ll see if Gurley has anything left in his legs. The 26-year-old was once the best back in the NFL, but he was outrushed by 34-year-old Arian Peterson last season. This one year with Atlanta is Gurley’s chance to prove he’s still capable of carrying an offense’s load.

Seattle’s defensive line shouldn’t pose a problem for Gurley. The Seahawks haven’t put together a powerful front in years. A flurry of offseason signings added some depth to the team’s pass rush, but the Seahawks are far from being a top defense.

Pete Carroll’s team allowed 117.7 rushing yards per game last season. We’ll see if Gurley can take advantage of the vulnerable defensive front during his Falcons debut.