The 5-2 Seattle Seahawks travel to New England to take on the 7-1 Patriots in this week’s Sunday night matchup with both teams leading their respective divisions. New England had a bye last week after defeating the Buffalo Bills in week 8 extending their winning streak to 4 games. New England traded Pro Bowl linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns the day after their win over Buffalo. Seattle defeated the Bills last week at home 31-25 ending a 2 game winless streak.
In their win over Buffalo in week 8, Tom Brady continued his dominance as he finished with a passer rating of 137. He completed 22 of his 33 passes for 315 yards, 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He was sacked 4 times for a loss of 22 yards. His favorite target was Rob Gronkowski who had 5 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. Chris Hogan also had a nice game catching 4 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. They struggled running the ball as they only gained 72 yards on 23 carries. Defensively, they struggled against the run as they allowed Buffalo to gain 167 yards on only 26 carries, which is over 6 yards per rush. They did not force a turnover and had 2 sacks and 2.5 tackles for losses. During their 4-game win streak, they have averaged 34 points on offense while giving up 18 points per game on defense.
Seattle’s offense came alive last week with 31 points when they scored 31 points in their previous 2 games combined. Russell Wilson played very well as he completed 20 of his 26 passes for 282 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also rushed the ball 3 times for 10 more yards and another touchdown. He was also sacked 4 times for a loss of 37 yards. His favorite target was Jimmy Graham who had 8 catches for 103 yards and 2 touchdowns. Dough Baldwin also had a good game with 6 catches for 89 yards. They really struggled running the ball as they gained only 33 yards on 12 carries, which is less then 3 yards per carry. The Seahawks have just 159 rushing yards in their last 3 games combined. Defensively, they were able to intercept Tyrod Taylor once and sacked him 5 times for a loss of 26 yards. They struggled defending the run as Buffalo gained 162 yards on just 38 carries. Overall they allowed the Bills to gain 425 yards of offense but did have 8 tackles for losses.
New England is 7-1 against the spread this season including 6-1 as the favorite. Seattle has gone 3-5 against the spread this season including 2-2 on the road. New England is favored by 8 points and has home field advantage. Pro Bowl Safety Kam Chancellor will be returning this week for Seattle after missing the last 4 games with a groin injury. Since Bradys return in week 5 the Patriots have won all 4 games by double digits.
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