The matchup between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks will be between the NFL’s best offense and the NFL’s best defense. The Patriots offense led by Tom Brady leads the league in total yards and points scored while the Seahawks defense leads the league in yards allowed and are second in points allowed. That battle will be the focus of this week six contest.
This year’s Seahawks defense is a very physical group that plays mostly man coverage with two deep safeties. The biggest challenge for the Patriots will be on the offensive line. While the Patriots front line is undeniably the weakest part of the offense, the Seahawks defensive line is the strongest part of their defense. Defensive end Chris Clemons leads the team with 5.5 sacks this year which ties him for sixth in the league. On the other side is Red Bryant who the Patriots attempted to sign before he decided to return to Seattle. It will be a challenge for the Patriots offensive line, decimated by injury, to keep these beasts out of the backfield.
While cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are not very well known around the league yet they are not to be ignored. These backs will use their size and strength to physically test Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker. If the two Pro Bowl receivers can lose their defenders, the Seahawks also have All-Pro nickel back Marcus Trufant.
While the Patriots offense against the Seahawks defense will be the most exciting battle, it’s the other side of the ball that will decide the game. The Seahawks offense led by rookie Russell Wilson is 27th in the league in total yards and 28th in points scored. They’ll be facing a Patriots defense that’s not much better as they are 22nd in yards allowed and 17th in points allowed.
This contest will be between the Seahawks rushing offense and the Patriots rushing defense. The Seahawks run the ball 56 percent of the time with starting running back Marshawn Lynch getting the vast majority of the carries. While the Seahawks passing game is at the bottom of the league, their running game is seventh averaging 140.2 yards per game. They’ll be going up against the strength of the Patriots defense as the Patriots are eighth in the league in rushing defense giving up just 82.2 yards per game on the ground led by tackle Vince Wilfork.
Another notable part of this game for the Patriots will be the crowd. In addition to going up against one of the best defenses in the league, Seattle’s CenturyLink Field is the loudest stadium in the NFL. The “12th Man” will be alive for this game and will test the Patriots young and inexperienced offensive line. It’ll be a test unforeseen by most of the Patriots offense and one they’ll have to pass if they want to leave Seattle with a win.
After falling to 1-2 with two unexpected losses, the Patriots have turned their season around with two impressive wins. On Sunday they’ll travel to Seattle to face a tough environment and an even tougher defense as they try to make it three in a row. While the Seahawks aren’t considered one of the top teams in the league, they’re one of the toughest teams to beat on the road. But if there’s one team able to do it, it’s the Patriots.