Coach Belichick just had his “I’m not a crook” declaration, much like impeached president Nixon, who forever stained the office. He’s right up there with world criminal Dick ChainHe, in his disdain for rules. You simply can’t believe a word he says.
Think about it: A NFL QB has made it to the top by doing their thing better than anyone else. Their job, like a surgeon, is based on precision.
To perform a successful surgery, every surgeon must have his operating room and tools exactly how he likes them. He goes through every precaution to make sure that happens. The same can be said about an NFL QB. They want things perfect.
The Pats want us to believe that in that controlled environment, Brady and his position group can’t tell if they are entering the operating room with a scalpel or a hatchet.
Doesn’t pass the smell test. The balls started out where Brady claims he likes them @ 12.5 psi. That means they ended up around 10.5 psi. or 16% lower. That’s equivalent to handing a surgeon a steak knife and saying get busy.
It’s hard not to look at this as Denver/Seattle II. It just looks that way on paper. An old stationary QB is target practice for the flesh-eating Seahawks, just like Peyton.
The key to the Pats offense is whether the Seahawks can bring pressure with only a 4 man rush. If they can, this will be over by half time. If not, it will last a little longer. Blount can be a factor, but not enough of one. They just played his twin last week, in Lacy. Not much happened for him.
The only way Gronk is a factor, will be if the refs give him some calls. Otherwise, he will be neutralized, if not broken up by Kam and the LBs. With regulation footballs and an undaunting pass rush, Brady will throw high and into the dirt. Expect a poor game from him, as he passes the elite QB torch to last year’s winning QB.
Revis Island has been invaded lately. He’ll be a non factor. Two NE defensive guys give concern and they are Wilfolk and Collins. There are many advantages for the Seahawks, starting with familiarity of the stadium they play in every year. Then there’s the mobility of Russell Wilson, who is unmatched in that department. The Pats just don’t see mobile QBs on their schedule. The last one was Aaron Rodgers, who beat them. Last year they played against Cam and Wilson, losing both times. Wilson beat them with 3 TD passes and not his legs.
In that game, the Hawks shut down the run game and had 2 ints against Brady, who threw 58 times. They had 85 plays to SEA’s 55. I might change my mind, but unless the Hawks give the ball away 3-4 times, this one will look like last year’s game. This year’s Seahawks team is better than last year’s. I expect the Pats to force the run game this time. Oh, and the Hawks will be ready for the funky formations.
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