After besting his long-time rival last week, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots travel cross country to face the Seattle Seahawks Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field.
Stevan Ridley gained 151 rushing yards and one touchdown and the Patriots staved off a late second half rally by the Denver Broncos for a 31-21 victory in Week 5.
In the fourth quarter, New England fumbled with less than six minutes remaining following Denver quarterback Peyton Manning’s five-yard touchdown strike to receiver Brandon Stokley, but recovered a fumble by Broncos running back Willis McGahee at their 11-yard line, and wound the clock down on their final drive for the win.
Brady went 23-for-31 for 223 yards and touchdown, and connected with receiver Wes Welker for 13 receptions for 104 yards and a score, but the Patriots won by capitalizing on Denver’s three lost fumbles, including one by Manning.
Brady will be under constant pressure from a Seattle front line that has demolished their opponents this season with 16 sacks, good for the fifth most sacks in the league.
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The Seahawks flexed their defensive muscle in their 16-12 win over the Carolina Panthers last week, hitting quarterback Cam Newton six times and sacking him four times for a loss of 33 yards.
Seattle was down 10-6 after Captain Munnerlyn returned quarterback Russell Wilson’s second interceptions 33 yards for a touchdown, but Wilson led the Seahawks on two scoring drives, with a 13-yard pass to receiver Golden Tate, and a 44-yard field goal by kicker Steven Hauschka.
Wilson’s interceptions aside, he has the Seahawks at 3-2,and completed 75 percent of his passes for the second time this season against Carolina. He was 19-for-25 with 221 yards and a score last week, and the Patriots have are giving up 290 passing yards a game this season, which is the third worst in the NFL.
New England has improved their rushing defense, however, and may be able to contain Seattle’s best offensive player, running back Marshawn Lynch. Lynch has rushed for at least 85 yards in each of the Seahawks’ five games this year.
Seattle should also neutralize Ridley, as they are allowing only 66.6 rushing yards per game, the third best in the NFL.
The game begins at 4:05 p.m. EDT and will be shown by CBS, or watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Betting Odds: New England is favored by 4 points
Over/Under: 43 points
Prediction: Both team’s will shut down the run and instead take to the air, which greatly favors New England, who has better receivers and a future Hall of Fame quarterback. Wilson will have to put up his best game of the season and the Seattle defense must keep Brady from making big plays downfield for Seattle to win. New England should pull out a very tight victory.
Predicted Score: New England 21 , Seattle 20