How do we beat a defense that has a Super Saturday record?
The Patriots, on paper, could be one of the most dominant offenses in the league.
They’re on pace to shatter the record for total offense, averaging nearly 30 points per game and ranking fourth in the NFL in total offense.
They have the best quarterback in the game, Tom Brady, and have an explosive offense in which all of their big plays are built around their running backs, who are averaging nearly 7 yards per carry.
But they’re also not afraid to take chances and have a quarterback who’s been criticized for taking too many sacks.
And that’s exactly what the Patriots did last Saturday.
New England’s running game went for 199 yards on 34 carries, which ranked second-most in the AFC (behind only Indianapolis).
Brady had two interceptions and also threw three touchdown passes.
He also completed 21 of 28 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns.
The defense played well enough to get the win, but they also gave up some points on the ground, especially on the Patriots’ first two drives, which resulted in a touchdown and a field goal.
Here are five things you need to know about how New England and the Patriots will be able to defend against a Super Sunday offense: 1.
The Patriots have some key guys on their roster who can make big plays.
Cornerback Logan Ryan and linebacker Jamie Collins both have career seasons and will be expected to take on bigger roles.
Ryan has been a solid, dependable player since he joined the Patriots in 2014 and has helped New England keep their opponents guessing for the most part.
Collins is an absolute terror for opposing quarterbacks, with the ability to make huge plays down the field.
The two also have the ability not to get caught up in the backfield and to make plays downfield.
Both players will be tested in their first game against the Seahawks.
The Seahawks will have their hands full with New England.
The Seattle offense has looked dominant against the Patriots all season.
Russell Wilson has thrown for more than 3,000 yards and 17 touchdowns this year and has been sacked just eight times.
He has scored 21 touchdowns and only three interceptions, and he has been more accurate than ever this year, with a 68.3 percent completion rate.
Russell and the offense will need to have success against the New England defense if they want to make the Super Bowl.
Wilson and Russell will be battling for a starting job.
Both of them are capable of starting at some point, but Wilson is a more polished passer and Russell is more of a pure runner.
Wilson will be in the spotlight this week, as he’s one of only two quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 3,200 yards and rush for at least 3,500 yards.
His quarterback rating of 102.8 ranks third in the history of the NFL and he’s been sacked only two times this season.
The other is Peyton Manning, who has 2,942 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The first half of the game was pretty explosive for the Patriots.
They had a lot of first-half scoring drives, including a 40-yard touchdown run by rookie quarterback Logan Ryan that put them ahead at the half.
But Seattle got to the Seahawks 13 in the second quarter and scored on two straight drives.
They scored on a 6-yard TD run by tight end Owen Daniels, a 6/2 TD pass from tight end Rob Gronkowski, and a 2-yard run by running back C.J. Prosise.
The second drive of the second half saw the Seahawks go for a 3-yard score on a third-and-6.
The offense went for six more yards on their next drive, but the Seahawks didn’t score again.
Brady and the rest of the offense could do some damage with the rest, but it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.
Brady will need a big performance from his offensive line to beat Seattle.
Russell is not going to have a huge day against the best defensive front in the entire NFL.
It will be very difficult for the Seahawks to slow down the Patriots, who rank sixth in the NFC in total defense and have given up an average of 27.5 points per contest.
Seattle’s defense has been very effective all year and is one of just two defenses to have surrendered more than 200 points in the regular season.
However, the Patriots offense is built for success, which will be key to stopping Brady and getting him to take a few big plays down field.