ATLANTA (AP) — A fast start helped Seattle rule the road yet again.

Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes to DK Metcalf, Chris Carson ran for 90 yards and a score, and the Seahawks beat the reeling Atlanta Falcons 27-20 on Sunday.

Seattle led 24-0 at halftime, providing the cushion it would need to withstand the Falcons’ comeback behind backup quarterback Matt Schaub.

The Seahawks (6-2) improved to 4-0 on the road.

“Today I think the message myself and other guys tried to send was start fast and be as physical as possible,” said left tackle Duane Brown.

“We started fast and the defense was getting turnovers and getting off the field and we were getting points on the board.”

The Seahawks won the turnover battle 3-0.

Coach Pete Carroll said the team’s record halfway through the season “isn’t the best it could have been, but it’s pretty darn good.”

The Falcons’ offense floundered early in their first start without quarterback Matt Ryan in 10 years. Ryan’s streak of 154 consecutive regular-season starts ended as he was held out with a sprained right ankle.

The Falcons (1-7) have lost six straight games, leaving coach Dan Quinn’s status a hot topic as the team enters its bye week.

Team owner Arthur Blank said after the game he will “take the next couple of weeks … and evaluate where we are” before reaching a decision on Quinn’s future. He said the record is “just not acceptable at any level.”

Wilson completed first-half touchdown passes of 4 and 2 yards to Metcalf. Carson had a 1-yard scoring run.

The Seahawks rushed for 151 yards, including 55 from Rashaad Penny. Wilson completed 14 of 20 passes for 182 yards with no interceptions.

Atlanta has been outscored 144-50 in the first half this season. The Falcons have faced six double-digit halftime deficits.

Schaub passed for 460 yards in his first start since 2015 with Baltimore. The Falcons announced Saturday that Ryan would not play, and Seattle cornerback Shaquill Griffin said he knew Schaub would be ready.

“I honestly didn’t expect a downgrade,” Griffin said. “The guy has been in the league for 15-plus years. He’s going to make the same kind of plays that Matt can make.”

Schaub’s passing in the second half helped the Falcons make the final score respectable.

“We have to come out for the second half of the season the way we came out for the second half of the game today,” Quinn said.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Schaub (8) works under pressure from the Seattle Seahawks in the pocket during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Atlanta. The Seattle Seahawks won 27-20. (AP Photo/John Amis)

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