The Seattle Seahawks are hosting the New England Patriots under the bright lights in a Week 2, prime time match-up.
The Seahawks and the new-look Patriots will both look to start their season off on a high note and go 2-0. In another great match-up of star quarterbacks, Russell Wilson and Cam Newton should put on a highly entertaining Sunday night showdown.
Here, we will discuss key factors in the game that will help Seattle move to 2-0.
SEAHAWKS WIDE RECEIVERS VS. PATRIOTS DEFENSIVE BACKS
It is no secret that the Patriots will be playing a lot of man-to-man defense this week; their personnel matches up very nicely with the Seahawks. Stephon Gilmore, reigning 2019 defensive player of the year, will surely be blanketing Tyler Lockett this week. That said, D.K. Metcalf & Co. will have to step up majorly in this game. The Patriots also have veterans Jason and Devin McCourty, and Jonathan Jones, who are all proven guys who can make plays against the pass. This is a very tough matchup for the Seahawks’ wide receivers, and I think they may struggle to create separation a little bit on Sunday.
SEAHAWKS RUNNING GAME
A major key to a Seahawks win will be Chris Carson. It looked like last week was finally the week that Pete Carroll gave the offense to Russell Wilson and just let him take over. In this game, Chris Carson needs to have a productive night to help his receivers out. Carson had two receiving touchdowns in Week 1, and he will need more of that to help this offense move the ball against a stout Patriot defense. This game will be physical within the trenches, so if Seattle can win those battles and move the ball on the ground, then they will have a good chance of starting their season off 2-0.
The Patriots offense looked very solid in Week 1. After rushing for 217 yards against the Miami Dolphins, they will surely look to replicate that success in this Week 2 match-up. Seattle’s defensive line is made up of a lot of young, unproven pieces. That said, they played very stout and solid in Week 1 against Atlanta’s Todd Gurley. Jamal Adams and Bobby Wagner will also have to step up and help this defensive line out in stopping the run, in order to come out on top. Adams will blitz a lot, especially on first and second down. The Patriots are going to try and establish a rushing attack early in this game, and if the Seahawks can slow their run game down, it should translate to an early lead and, overall, a win. The main focus for Seattle should be to slow down Cam Newton on the ground, which is a lot easier said then done.
This is going to be an exciting prime time matchup between Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks and Bill Belichick’s Patriots.
Seattle should be able to slow down the run game of the Patriots, giving plenty of opportunities for the Seahawks offense to put up some points in this one. Seattle’s wide receivers are just too talented to be covered all game; they will break out and make some big plays. D.K. Metcalf is a match-up nightmare, and will be targeted early and often.
My prediction for this Sunday night showdown: Seahawks 27, Patriots 21.
Seattle’s weapons, and the way Russell Wilson is playing, will ultimately prove to be too much in this one.
Seattle to cover the -4 spread and the over on 45 total points.
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