Pats Nation: Week 10 vs. Seahawks Recap
This was a hell of a football game. With all of the terrible teams in the league, and the disaster known as Thursday Night Football, it was good to see two talented, well-coached teams go to battle on Sunday Night Football. I give the Seahawks credit; they had every reason not to win this game. No Michael Bennett, just played on Monday Night Football, on the road after traveling across country, facing a Tom Brady that has been flames so far this season, and they managed to come out with a victory. Gotta give credit where credit is due. Not only that, but Pete Carroll took a cheap shot at his old team the next day in the media, saying that New England's crowd was less than stellar to put it nicely. And you know what? He was 100% right.
I re-watched Sunday night's game, and the first thing I noticed was how damn quiet it was. This isn't the Foxboro crowd that I've been used to hearing over the years. To be fair, this fan base expects to at least make it to the Super Bowl every single year, so they aren't as rowdy over a regular season game. But keeping that in mind, this is a Super Bowl rematch against one of the league's best teams, you HAVE to show up and make things difficult for them with our defense on the field. Russell Wilson honestly didn't even have to use a silent snap count if he didn't want to, I could hear him loud and clear. The crowd is obviously quiet when the Pats' offense is on the field, but my guess is they aren't loud when we're on defense because there isn't much to cheer about.
What is exciting about watching your team's defense rush 2 and 3 at the QB and drop 8-9 into a zone coverage? What is exciting about your coach trading away 2 Pro-Bowl defensive stars when we finally got out of the doldrums of having a shitty defense from 2009-2013? What is exciting about watching your team give up huge rushes to a team that is near the bottom of the barrel when it comes to rushing yards per game? Shit, I'd be quiet if I was out there too. Maybe I'm being tough on them, because we are 7-2 at the end of day and Seattle is a great team, but like Ty Law said, the defense needs to "have some damn pride". It's not a lack of talent; it's completely all about the scheme. I don't know how many mobile QB's we need to see have success against us before Belichick and Patricia realize rushing 3 and dropping 8 DOESN'T WORK!
I watched Russell drop back behind his makeshift offensive line, which has been getting steamrolled the entire season by other teams, and pick apart our secondary. The worst part is it's not even completely their fault. I must have seen Doug Baldwin running wide open for 75% of the game, it's no wonder he scored 3 TD's. The one bright spot on the defense consistently all season has been Malcolm Butler. That man can ball. If we don't pay him, I don't think Bill is willing to pay anyone. Oh yeah, Trey Flowers told Jabaal Sheard to hold his spot on the bench and came up big with two sacks. So there's that too.
Brady's game was eh, and I have no idea why McDaniels didn't throw the ball more. Yes, Blount had 3 TD's, but if I remember correctly he only had something like 70 yards. Brady threw the ball only 32 times as opposed to the 50 times he threw it in the Super Bowl, and you see how that game turned out. This is the first time in forever Brady didn't throw a TD all game, and I think we tried to get too cute on offense and force the issue of running the ball. Brady also has a problem with staring down Gronk too much. Not only did it almost get him killed by Earl Thomas (he'll miss next game), but he missed a wide open Martellus Bennett a couple of times that would have resulted in a TD. Again, Seattle is a great team, but we should have won this game easily. It was them with a goal line stand this time around. We're on to San Francisco.