Atlanta defenders James Sanders, left, and Atlanta punter Matt Bosher, right, tackle Seattle's Leon Washington (33) as Washington makes a 33-yard punt return. AP
SEATTLE — In a battle of defending division champions, the Falcons escaped with a 30-28 victory over the Seahawks.
What we learned
1. The pass rush needs work: After lighting up Chicago’s Jay Cutler for five sacks and 11 quarterback hits in the season-opener, the Falcons pass rush has gone sackless and registered just 12 quarterback hits in three games against Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Seattle. Coach Mike Smith likes to say that the pass defense is a combination of pass rush and coverage. The pass rush has not helped the coverage and the coverage guys botched several assignments against Seattle. They dared Seattle’s Tarvaris Jackson to pick apart their zone coverages. The enigmatic Jackson had a career-day as he completed 17 of 24 passes in the second half and finished with a career-high 319 yards. Defensive end Ray