Seahawks Find Some Balance, Toughness In Win Over Patriots
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Among the top Seahawks teams under coach Pete Carroll have been those that gradually improved during the season.
The latest climb of Seattle could be underway.
The Seahawks put together their balanced 60 minutes on both sides of the ball this year.
Not merely did Seattle (6-2-1) force Tom Brady to his first interception this season , but it kept him without a passing touchdown for the first time in 2016 and denied the Patriots an opportunity to tie the game using a goal-line stand in the final minute.
“It is one of the great challenges that a team along with a defense gets and we’ve had some bouts down there the last couple of weeks and our men just came through and hung in there and fought for every inch,” Carroll said.
Quarterback Russell Wilson has been outside the pocket at his best, making plays with his toes. Leg injuries have kept him at the pocket however he was effective 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 receivers.
Meanwhile, the Patriots (7-2) must regroup after suffering their first loss since Brady returned from his four-game “Deflategate” suspension this year. They’re still in command of the AFC East but are on the street the next two weeks against the 49ers and Jets.
“We spoke about it the last two weeks, this match was going to move all the way down to the last play. We knew it was going to be similar to the previous game,” security Devin McCourty explained.
“We knew both teams were going to fight, regardless of what happened in the game. They were likely to keep fighting and go blow for blow. We were prepared for this. But they simply made a few more plays than us that’s what decided the match.”
Seattle RB C.J. Prosise did not 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 includes with Christine Michael, Prosise helped market play-action moves late in the match and also forced the Patriots defense account for an excess man in crucial situations. That, in turn, opened up throwing lanes.
“I knew what I was capable of and it was only a matter of time. It certainly showed at the right time, a road game against the Patriots,” Prosise said. “I will go out there and do my job, and do what they tell me to do. When it’s blocking all week, then I’m going to block. This week they had me out making plays in the passing game, and running the ball. That’s what I was called upon to do this week, and that I did it.”
One thing which has been overshadowed because of the Patriots’ loss was how RB LeGarrette Blount continues to be in the offense of New England this year.
Blount tied his career-high with three rushing touchdowns, scoring on a level of runs along with a run. He finished with 69 yards on 13 carries.
INTERCEPTION STREAK ENDS
There are no longer any NFL teams that haven’t thrown an interception this year.
The Patriots’ streak of eight straight games with no choice came to an end with 9:20 left the next quarter. Brady danced at the pocket to buy some time down, but his pass intended for Malcolm Mitchell was very short and intercepted by DeShawn Shead.
To that point, New England had thrown 258 moves this season with no interception.
The Patriots had a chance to tie the 1960 Cleveland Browns for an NFL-record nine games with no interception.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said chunk safety will be an emphasis this week after his team had three fumbles on Sunday. They lost one, but it was costly when Julian Edelman had the ball jarred loose by Kam Chancellor after a catch. Seattle’s final score was set up by the play — a 15-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin from Wilson.
“That is definitely a problem. Our ball security isn’t what it needs to be,” Belichick said. “We have addressed it. Find a way to enhance it and we have to keep addressing it more. We can’t keep turning over the ball.”
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