Find Some Balance, Toughness In Win Over Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Among the best Seahawks teams under coach Pete Carroll have been the ones that gradually improved during the season.

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The Seahawks put together their most balanced 60 minutes on either side of the ball this year in Sunday night’s 31-24 win over the New England Patriots.

Not only did Seattle (6-2-1) induce Tom Brady into his first interception this year , but it kept him without a death touchdown for the first time in 2016 and refused the Patriots an opportunity to tie the match with a goal-line stand at the final minute.

“It’s one of the great challenges a team along with a defense has and we have had any bouts down there the last few weeks and our men just came through and hung out there and fought for every inch,” Carroll explained.

Quarterback Russell Wilson has generally been outside the pocket at his best, making plays. Leg injuries have kept him at the pocket however he was powerful in maintaining the Patriots’ defense guessing.

Wilson was sacked three times but passed for 348 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, completing passes to seven different receivers.

Meanwhile, the Patriots (7-2) must regroup after suffering their first loss since Brady returned from his four-game “Deflategate” suspension this season. They are still in command of the AFC East but are on the road the next two weeks against the 49ers and Jets.

“We talked about it the last two weeks, this game was going to go all of the way down to the last play. We knew it was likely to be like the previous game,” security Devin McCourty said.

“We understood both teams were planning to fight, no matter what happened in the match. They were going to keep battling and go blow for blow. We’re prepared for it. However they simply made a few more plays than us and that’s what decided the match.”

PROSISE’S IMPACT

Seattle RB C.J. Prosise didn’t get in the end zone Sunday, but his 17 carries for 66 yards and seven catches for 87 yards — both season highs — played a huge role in opening up the Seahawks crime.

Sharing carries with Christine Michael, Prosise made the Patriots defense accounts and helped market passes in the match. That, in turn, opened up throwing lanes for Wilson.

“I understood what I was capable of and it had been only a matter of time. It certainly showed at the ideal time, a road game against the Patriots,” Prosise explained. “I’m going to head out there and do my job, and do what they tell me to perform. When it’s obstructing all week, I’m likely to block. This week they had me outside running the ball, and creating plays in the passing game. That is what I had been called upon to perform this week, and I did it.”

BLOUNT FORCE

1 thing which was overshadowed due to the Patriots’ loss was successful RB LeGarrette Blount continues to be in New England’s offense this season.

Blount tied his career-high with three rushing touchdowns, scoring on a par of 1-yard runs along with also a 13-yard run. He finished with 69 yards on 13 carries.

INTERCEPTION STREAK ENDS

There are no more.

The Patriots’ streak of eight straight matches with no pick came with 9:20 left the quarter. Brady danced at the pocket to buy some time on first down, but his pass intended for Malcolm Mitchell was very short and intercepted by DeShawn Shead.

To that point, New England had thrown this year to 258 moves with no interception.

The Patriots had an opportunity to tie the 1960 Cleveland Browns for an NFL-record nine matches with no interception.

FUMBLE PROBLEMS

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said chunk safety will be an emphasis this week after his group had three fumbles on Sunday. It was costly when Julian Edelman had the ball jarred loose by Kam Chancellor after a catch, although they dropped you. Seattle’s final score was set up by the play — a 15-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin from Wilson.

“That’s definitely a problem. Our ball security is not what it needs to be,” Belichick said. “We have addressed it. We obviously need to keep addressing it more and find a way. We can not keep turning the ball over.”

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