This isn’t going to be an easy win. On offense, the Patriots have scored more points than any other team in the league, and they’re in the top ten in passing and rushing yardage, although it’s primarily the threat of their passing attack that’s kept their run game effective. The Seahawks have a top five defensive unit, but if they want to be known as one of the best in the league, they have to show that they’re capable of beating the best offenses. They managed to do just that against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, and now it’s Tom Brady’s turn.
The Seahawks’ offense is also going to have to step up its passing attack in this one. The Patriots have been almost as good as the Seahawks against the run this year, but they’ve given up more passing touchdowns (12) and a higher completion percentage (65.1%) than almost any other team in the NFL. Russell Wilson has a prime opportunity here to silence a lot of his critics, and here’s hoping that he capitalizes on the opportunity.
Also, Brady has never played a single career game in Seattle. Make him feel welcome, guys — preferably at 180 decibels.