Seattle (5-2-1) at New England (7-1)
When: Sunday, November 13th 2016
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
Time: 8:30 ET | TV: NBC
The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will battle on Sunday Night Football – the first time since the dramatic Super Bowl XLIX ending in which the Patriots intercepted a Russell Wilson pass in the endzone to preserve the victory. Seattle has not been as dominating this season despite their 5-2-1 record and first place position in the NFC West. Part of their success this season stems from playing the AFC East (Buffalo, NY Jets, Miami), but will get the cream of the crop tonight. Tight end Jimmy Graham is coming off his best game of the season, hauling in a season-high eight catches for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Monday night win over Buffalo. With the Seahawks limited to only 33 yards rushing on 12 attempts against the Bills, running back Christine Michael could yield carries to rookie C.J. Prosise. Wilson has 19 touchdown passes against one interception in his last six games against AFC opponents. Safety Kam Chancellor is expected back in the lineup to bolster a defense that has allowed 25 points in each of the past two games, but are still third in the league in that category (16.8).
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The Patriots have been the most dominating team in the league thus far behind Tom Brady and a solid defense. The Patriots, who are coming off a bye week, are averaging 34 points since the return of Brady, who has thrown for 1,319 yards with 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions. He has also completed 73.1% percent of his passes and posting a ridiculous quarterback rating of 133.9. Rob Gronkowski, who had one reception through four weeks due to injury, has taken off with Brady back, hauling in 21 catches for 473 yards while reaching the end zone in each of the last three games. Running back LeGarrette Blount is pacing the running game with nine rushing TDs, including five in the past four games. New England can become the second team in league history (Cleveland, 1960) with zero interceptions through the first nine games. The Patriots, who won at Buffalo 41-25 in their last game, allow just 16.5 points per game – second in the NFL.
Seattle has really been struggling this season on offense and now they’ll get tested with one of the better ones they’ll see all season. I don’t care how good Seattle’s defense is, Tom Brady will scorch them. I’m not betting against New England right now, especially when I’m only giving up a touchdown at home.
Pick: Patriots -7.5