New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks Preview: No. 12 Tom Brady Meets Seattle's 12th Man + Predictions
The 12th Man vs. No. 12
Analysis: The Seahawks will play host to the Patriots Sunday afternoon in a matchup that will feature two of the more dominant forces in the NFL, Tom Brady and the 12th Man. Both teams come in at 3-2 and are trying to put their stamp on the season. The biggest threat on the Pats offense could also be their biggest demise out in Seattle, the no huddle offense. Brady and company are seemlessly moving the ball with this new up tempo style and running backs Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden have given the Pats something they haven't had in the Brady era. The only problem with this type of offense in Seattle, is the inabilty to hear audibles at the line, and different checks that Brady will call throughout the game. The 12th Man will be loud and boisterous on Sunday and it will be interesting to see how Brady will run his offense, and adjust it as the game goes on.
In a Quarterback driven league, the NFC East has four guys that can really put up numbers and win games in a number of ways. Each player means something different to his team. Each offense is predicated on the attributes and features of each player. There are certain things each offense does that is unique to who they have behind center.
These rankings have no bearing on the past, but who I would want to have this upcoming Sunday and for the weeks going forward. It's only four guys, can't mess this up too bad right?
The NFL and the NFL Referees Association have reached an eight-year collective bargaining agreement that will end the lockout. During the deal, NFL official salaries will go from $149,000 in 2011 to $205,000 by 2019. Roger Goodell has said that the union referees will be on the field on Thursday night for the Browns and the Ravens game.
The NFLRA has said that they have 121 referees that have been trained and taught the new rules implemented from last season and have already passed the necessary physicals. One thing that may not be ready are their black and white striped 'Foot Locker' uniforms that some call them. Nike is the new sponsor of all NFL jerseys, apparel and merchandise; even the guys with the whistles around their necks. Some may not be able to have their customized referee uniforms by Sunday, but that is the last thing on the mind of the players.
Intertouchceptiondown. That is the only word I can think of after what transpired in Week 3 of the NFL seasons. I promise to not bring up the 'refeerees' in this one, beacause football is the ultimate team game, and despite what many say, one call impacts the outcome of the game but will never decide it.
The most surprising 0-3 team? The Saints. The most surprising 3-0 team? The Cardinals. Both officially deserve where they will end up in the Week 4 Power Rankings. This upcoming week of games will serve as a seperation week for some teams, Giants and Eagles, and an ultimate test for others, Jets and 49ers.
Without further adieu. Rank 'em time