It’s a shame that, at least at this point, the Nov. 10 showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons doesn’t have a bigger platform.
Right now, it’s scheduled to be a 1 p.m. kickoff broadcast on Fox. Go ahead and mark your calendar now for what should be a heck of a game based off the NFC playoff meeting the teams had back in January.
Then, add in some chatter that is already going on and this promises to be a terrific regular-season meeting between teams that should be vying for NFC supremacy. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Falcons wide receiver Roddy White don’t have a lot of love for one another.
Credit the NFL Network for helping stir the pot a little here. In the “Top 100 Players of 2013” White is ranked 39th and Sherman came in at No. 50. And both have done a little talking with Sherman saying White didn’t deserve a place in the top 100 – let alone one 11 spots ahead of him.
“I'm not going to come out and say he shouldn't be a Top 100 player because he should be a Top 100 player, but he talks too much,” White said, according to NFL.com. “He has talked himself into a place where he has to play some really good football this year. I have no problem when he says I'm not that good or I can't do this or I can't do that. But I know the rest of the players in this league know what I can do, and that's why I'm higher on this list than he is.”
White says that Sherman is more talk than anything else.
“He would actually be the first guy that I would want to face,” White said. “Frankly, I watch film and I know what I can do. I know what my ability is, I know what his ability is. I sit there and watch him, and I'm like, OK. I'm not sitting there, losing any sleep getting ready for Richard Sherman.
“He's a front-runner. When things are going good, he's all good. When things ain't going his way, he has nothing to say — that's just how he is. You let him talk in the offseason because that's what he likes to do. You let guys like that talk, but at some point when September rolls around, you got to come play football.”
And when Nov. 10 rolls around, they should be seeing plenty of each other. They each made some plays in the playoff meeting, a 30-28 victory by the Falcons in the final moments. White had a 47-yard touchdown catch over Sherman to help open up a 20-0 lead in the second quarter. Sherman broke up some passes intended for White, who made five catches for 76 yards. Hopefully, the next game packs plenty of excitement.
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