Marshall’s Keys: Patriots vs. Seahawks
Can Cam Newton do it once more?
The freshest face in New England takes his abilities to Seattle this weekend, and First Issues First co-host and former Professional Bowl vast receiver Brandon Marshall breaks down how the Patriots can knock off the Seahawks on Sunday Evening Soccer.
Let’s take a look at Marshall’s blueprint for achievement for New England at CenturyLink Discipline:
1. Maintain Russell Wilson within the pocket
The Patriots dominated their Week 1 matchup in opposition to Miami, as its secondary picked off Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick thrice.
However Russell Wilson will presumably pose a stiffer problem for the Patriots’ D, contemplating he threw simply 5 interceptions in 16 video games final season. To not point out that simply final week, Wilson accomplished 31-of-35 passes for 322 yards and 4 TDs.
Historical past has confirmed Wilson is a tricky matchup for Invoice Belichick’s defensive unit. He is thrown for 888 yards, 8 TDs and simply 1 interception in three video games in opposition to New England.
2. Take the deep ball away from the Seahawks
Wilson evenly unfold the ball round to 3 completely different playmakers in Week 1, and RB Chris Carson, WR DK Metcalf and TE Greg Olsen all recorded a rating.
Metcalf led all receivers with 4 catches for 95 receiving yards and a wonderful 38-yard TD seize.
3. Cease the run
Seattle is understood for its floor and pound model offense, with Carson main the best way.
The star again rushed for over 1,000 yards in each 2018 and 2019.
The Seahawks additionally added Carlos Hyde within the offseason, who additionally boasted over 1,000 yards final season.
Within the first recreation of the season, Seattle carried the ball 20 occasions and rushed for 84 yards, a clip of 4.2 yards per carry. Nevertheless, the Seahawks averaged 30.1 speeding makes an attempt a recreation in 2019 and Carson averaged 18.5 makes an attempt per recreation.
4. Set up the move on early downs
Newton is 2-6 all-time in opposition to Seattle. He averaged 3.89 yards per rush on 64 carries by eight video games in opposition to the Seahawks, down from his profession common of 5.08 yards per speeding try. And in three of these video games, Newton rushed 11 or extra occasions for a mere 64 yards whole.
In final week’s win in opposition to Miami, Newton owned the bottom recreation, racking up 75 speeding yards on 15 carries for two speeding TDs.
Newton solely focused three gamers final recreation – WR Julian Edelman, WR N’Keal Harry, and TE Ryan Izzo – ending with 155 passing yards.
5. Shield Cam Newton
The Patriots capped the win in opposition to the Dolphins with 217 speeding yards, and 35 % of these yards got here from signal-caller Cam.
Whereas the Seahawks allowed over 500 yards of whole offense final week in opposition to the Falcons, the protection had 4 big 4th down stops. The latest face within the secondary, Jamal Adams produced 12 tackles and a sack in his debut.
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