NFC Game Of The Week
Seattle Seahawks (5-2-1) at New England Patriots (7-1)
Seahawks: I’m noticing something different with them. First, they really miss Marshawn Lynch and the impact he had on that offense. With him, the Seahawks were one of the best teams in the league when it came to running the football and now, they are ranked at the bottom of the league in that department and their defense doesn’t put the fear into the opponent as they once did. You never threw the ball on the Legion Of Boom and if you did, you thought twice about it. They weren’t that sharp against the Bills on Monday night. They gave 289 yards passing and 162 yards rushing. The only positive was the five sacks they recorded. They sit atop the NFC West right now and for the second straight week, they will be in the primetime spotlight against the team that kept them from winning back to back Super Bowls.
Patriots: When I watch this team play, I see a lot of the 2014 team that won the Super Bowl that year. The offense is clicking in both the running and passing game. LeGarette Blount is putting together a really nice season and brings the balance and the passing game is still the top in the league behind Tom Brady. The Patriots were clicking without Brady and when he comes back, they’re on a much different level. They’ve won all fours games he’s played in and they’ve scored more than 30 in each game. Usually, at the age of 39, a quarterback starts to decline in production. That hasn’t been the issue with Brady. Since coming back from the suspension, he’s thrown 12 touchdown passes and zero interceptions and he’s really improved on his footwork and agility. Over the years, he’s been known as the quarterback that didn’t really extend plays and this year has been the complete opposite. They’ll look to win their fifth in a row against a Seattle team coming to town.
Seahawks Player To Watch: Bobby Wagner– I remember saying a few years ago when he made his return to the field, everything seemed to be more in place with him patrolling the middle of the field. He’ll be a big factor in stopping Blount from getting yards in the ground attack.
Patriots Player To Watch: Chris Long- He’s no stranger to the NFC West and during his time with the Rams, he had some big games against these Seahawks. Russell Wilson will try to extend plays and move the pocket. I see Chris leading the pass rush early on.
Prediction: How could we forget what happened when they last played? It came down to one play and Malcolm Butler made the interception of his life. A year later, this is a much different looking Seahawks offense. There’s no beastmode and now, Seattle has Jimmy Graham. This will be the first battle between Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski, two star tight ends. I like the Patriots to keep rolling. Patriots 30 Seahawks 24