The Seattle Seahawks will have a tough task on Sunday against the New England Patriots trying to contain Cam Newton. Last week against their division rivals, Newton threw for 155 yards on, 15-of-19 completions, and 75 yards on the ground with two touchdowns.
“We’ve had to defend [Newton] for a long time. So, we do know him well, and we did see a lot of the concepts and principles that he’s always been successful at utilizing,” Pete Carroll told reporters this week, including CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones. “I think it’s a real indication of Bill’s ability to use his talent. This was not the same offense we’ve seen in the past. They’ve obviously done a lot of work to tailor it to him and make sure he’s a big part of. They’re utilizing their personnel really well.”
If you are on the fence about possibly starting Cam Newton this week against the Seahawks in your fantasy football leagues, don’t be: start him. Last week against the Falcons, the Seahawks allowed 450 yards through the air, and they gave up the fourth-most rushing yards and three scores to quarterbacks last season, according to Pats Pulpit’s .
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Preparing For Seattle’s Offense
On the offensive side of the ball for Seattle, Russell Wilson showcased his skill set to extend plays at any given moment of a game and that is something the Patriots focused on in practice this week. On Thursday, they used 5-foot-9 cornerback Myles Bryant to simulate Wilson as they chased him down and practiced staying home on their assignments in practice.
“This guy is extremely dangerous,” Patriots linebackers coach Steve Belichick said (via MassLive’s Chris Mason). “He’s dangerous throwing from the pocket. He’s dangerous throwing from outside the pocket. He’s dangerous when he steps up in the pocket. He’s dangerous when he runs out of the back of the pocket. Like I said, we’ve got our hands full. This guy is a different beast. Hopefully we’ll be ready to go on Sunday. See if I can do my job and coach ’em up.”
Last week, one area of weakness for Seattle was the run game. Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde both finished week one’s matchup against the Falcons with fewer than 30 yards and averaged only less than 4 yards per attempt. The Patriots have the personal to force the Seahawks to run the ball with their versatility in the secondary. Against the Dolphins, New England played 11 different defensive backs.
“They’ve got enough DB’s to flood you,” Carroll said. “They do a really nice job with their system and approach, it’s well-orchestrated and high tech as you can get. Bill has done a great job over the years consistently adapting, changing and staying at the cutting edge of what is necessary and they continue to do it.”
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— Seahawks: -200
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