Do these two teams ever not deliver? Sunday night the battle between the Seahawks and the Patriots was hard fought, and the scoreboard at the end of the game indicated that as well. In the past three meetings between these teams neither has won by more than one score, and that streak has moved to four games following the 35-30 victory Seattle had over New England on Sunday night.
Both teams exploded offensively, which was a surprise to see. For the Patriots their offense was still a question mark heading into the game, with new quarterback Cam Newton only having one (very successful) game under his belt in the New England system. With last week’s victory being against the Dolphins, no one knew if the production from the Patriots offense was from their own skill or due to the lack thereof it on the Dolphins end. Newton proved that the Patriots offense was no fluke in this matchup, improving on all of his numbers except his rushing total on Sunday night. Newton’s dual threat athleticism seems to have opened up the offense for the Patriots, as the team struggled offensively with many of the same weapons in the year prior. Cam was able to deliver some strikes down the field, with the highlight of the night being a 49 yard bomb to Julian Edelman. The offense looks a lot more fluent than it did last year in regards to the passing game, and it’s hard not to give Cam credit for their production. Newton did throw his first interception as a Patriot on Sunday night, badly telegraphing his throw allowing Seattle CB Quiton Dunbar to easily jump the comeback route meant for Damiere Byrd late in the third, but Newton responded by bringing his team back from their deficit and gave them a chance to win late. Sometimes it’s not just about how bad an interception was for a quarterback, it’s about how they respond. With Seattle’s interception further dividing the score between the two teams, Newton was able to respond well and stay composed, further showing the confidence he has in his new system.
Although Seattle’s offense is a powerhouse, no one expected for Wilson to throw for five touchdowns against the stout Patriots secondary. Pete Carrol is known for establishing the run game for his team, and with the Patriots weakness seemingly being their run defense it was expected for Seattle to do most of their work on the ground. Even with Seattle out rushing the Patriots 154 yards to 67, all of their scores came through the air. The matchup to watch all night was DK Metcalf going up against Stephon Gilmore on the outside, and these two provided plenty of entertainment the whole game. Metcalf burnt Gilmore early for a 54 yard touchdown catch, but that was answered by more aggression for the former DPOY cornerback. Not many people would choose to try and piss off DK Metcalf, but that’s exactly what Gilmore aimed to do throughout the game.
The two went after each other every play, leading to a scuffle between the two players (plus the entire Seahawks sideline) where Metcalf was seen grabbing Gilmore’s facemask as they continued jawing at each other. Metcalf seemed to get the better of Gilmore in the end, coming away from the game with four catches on six targets for 92 yards and a touchdown, along with the victory over the Patriots.
Not many Patriots fans can walk away from this loss disappointed though, as being able to put up 30 points and be in position to score to win the game late against a well rounded Seattle team is something to be impressed at in and of itself. This was a huge game for New England, being given a chance to solidify themselves as still a force in the NFL if they were able to hang with Seattle. The Patriots offense proved that things are once again rolling in New England, and staying in the game with Seattle late showed the NFL that the Patriots dynasty lives on. Even though the last play ended with Cam short of the goalline, this was a victory for New England.
NEXT WEEK: The Patriots face off against Jon Gruden and the Raiders up in Foxboro. If last night showed anything, it’s that I have faith in Bill and the Boys to take care of business at home against this young Raiders team.