A tale of two NFL bests
This game may be the most interesting on the docket for the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. Especially with their record coming in.
Matchup: New England vs. Seattle
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Time: 1:05 (local)
Date: October 14th 2012
Weather: High 63 Low 56. Rainy and Windy
Team Records: New England (3-2) Seattle (3-2)
Standings: Patriots 1st AFC East. Seahawks T-3rd NFC West.
As it stands going into week 6, the New England Patriots have the #1 ranked offense in the NFL, while the Seahawks are currently sporting the #1 ranked defense in the league.
All this spells the matchup of the season right?
But unfortunately, only time will tell which Seattle offense shows up to face the Pats on Sunday.
Game notes/How they match up
It’s hard to even think of the Seahawks as equals of the Patriots, but this season they are.
Both teams are coming in with the same record, both teams suffered embarrassing losses to Arizona, and both teams are not at all where they would like to be at this point of the season.
But, that may be where the similarities stop.
New England has possibly our generations best QB, and coach. No offense to Pete Carroll or Russell Wilson, but they are no Tom Brady or Bill Belichick.
Seattle holds the edge with the running game, though the Pats hold the edge on passing in every sense of the word.
The Seattle D, even with their #1 ranking, are going to have a tough time containing this offense.
But isn’t that what everybody said about Green Bay too? And we all remember that game don’t we.
What to watch: Seattle
This game is all about defense.
Can the Seahawks shut down the potent offense of the Pats like the Cardinals did?
The front four are going to have my eyes on them all game long. How much pressure can we actually put on Tom Brady.
In the first half against Buffalo, New England couldn’t find an answer anywhere.
I hope the Hawks were studying that game film all week long, looking to exploit the weaknesses of Belichick’s supposed flawless O.
What to watch: New England
This is just the opposite of the W2W Seattle part.
With a whole slew of offensive players questionable for Sunday, (including their whole TE roster), the Pats may have to look for different options on Sunday.
Wes Welker is also on the questionable list, though he hasn’t been as big a part of the offense this season. The player to watch most besides Brady on O is Brandon Lloyd.
Ex Seahawk Deion Branch could get a few touches too.
The RB tandem of Steven Ridley and Danny Woodhead can prove to be dangerous as well.
Seattle O vs. New England D
The Pats are no slouch on defense, let’s start with that. So, the Hawks will need to have a better showing offensively than they have all season if they want to win this game.
I’m still waiting for someone other than Golden Tate to step it up on the WR list. Wilson is having a hard enough go of it as it is, and having only one option to go to in the end zone isn’t helping his matters at all.
Of course Marshawn Lynch will have to have a better game than last week in Carolina if the Seahawks want to win this one.
Anything less than 100 yards and a TD will put too much pressure on Wilson I think.
New England O vs. Seattle D
Play action passes and draw plays will be the best scenario for the Pats if they want to beat this defense. Too bad Bill Belichick doesn’t normally think along the rational line when it comes to play calling.
There are so many weapons on the New England offensive side of the ball, but if the Hawks stick to their game plan of getting pressure on Brady and shutting down the run, they will give Wilson and the offense a chance to win this thing.
With the best TE tandem in all of football in jeopardy of playing together yet again this week, the Seahawks automatically have a leg up on the Pats.
Now if they can only find a way to contain the mental toughness of Tom Brady.
Hey, the Cardinals did it, why can’t we too?
Patriots: Out: Steve Gregory, Tracy White. Questionable: Brandon Bolden, Brandon Deaderick, Julian Edelman, Justin Francis, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Dont’a Hightower, Michael Hoomanawanui, Logan Mankins, Nick McDonald, Sterling Moore, Shane Vereen, Sebastian Vollmer, Wes Welker. Probable: Kyle Love.
New England holds the line currently at 3.5 points. This one may actually be this close too.