When first looking at this game either on the schedule or on a television listing, one would think that a game featuring the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks is going to be a straight, uneventful to watch or speak about blowout. However, these aren’t the same old Seahawks and playing in Seattle is one of the toughest things to do in the NFL. This game should actually be a very tough and competitive game featuring a high powered offense who relies on a terrific running game against one of the most dominant defenses in the league this season.
The Patriots are currently ranked third in the NFL in rushing yards gained per game (165.4 yards), ninth in passing yards gained per game (274 yards) and first in both total offensive yards gained per game (439.4 yards) and points per game (33 points) while the Seahawks defense is ranked first in total offensive yards allowed per game (258.6 yards), fifth in passing yards allowed per game (192 yards), third in rushing yards allowed per game (66.6 yards) and second in points allowed per game (14 points) so this should be interesting to see which unit gets the best of this match up.
Tom Brady is putting together another typical season for himself passing for 1,450 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception while completing 67% of his attempts. Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski are also producing at a level that we are accustomed to seeing them do so, but the surprise for the Pats offense has to be running back Stevan Ridley. Ridley has rushed for 490 yards (5th in the NFL) and four touchdowns on 102 carries and is averaging 98 rushing yards per game. If New England can get another huge game from Ridley along with the passing game producing at a high level then they should win this one easily, but the only problem is that might be easier said than done.
This Seahawks defense is a blue-collared, hard-hitting unit that features the likes of defensive ends Chris Clemons (14 tackles and 5.5 sacks) and Bruce Irvin (4.5 sacks) along with safeties Earl Thomas (17 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 2 pass deflections, a forced fumble and fumble recovery) and Kam Chancellor (34 tackles and 3 pass deflections). This unit has stopped some pretty high-powered offenses with superstar quarterbacks so far this season including the Green Bay Packers (12 points), the Dallas Cowboys (7 points) and the Carolina Panthers (12 points). Now this week they look to do the same to Brady and company with the 12th Man assisting via crowd noise.
Seattle’s offense relies heavily on MarShawn Lynch (113 carries for 508 yards and 2 TD) and the running game and if he can get it going against a mediocre New England defense then it could be a surprising outcome at the end of this game. Rookie signal caller Russell Wilson will also need to minimize his mistakes as well against the Pats defensive line and secondary.
In the end of this one despite how tough the Seattle defense may be I still think New England will get the win in this game 24-13, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Seattle did pull off the upset due to the fact that they have shocked many this season so far.