“Lost One”

NFC Game Of The Week

New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks

Patriots: When Cam Newton was signed, I knew the job was his. For the first time, the New England Patriots have a versatile quarterback. Here’s the thing about New England that will always remain true. They will coach you to your strengths. In their opener last weekend against the Miami Dolphins, I saw flashes of the old Cam. Most importantly, he’s 100 percent. His running is one thing, but you can’t expect him to run the football 15 times a game as he did in week one. Eventually, they will have to open the offense up and allow him to take control with his arm. Even with guys opting out on defense, they were still strong in the win. On Sunday night, they will face a team they are all too familiar with in week two.

Seahawks: They looked sharp on Sunday. Especially on the offensive side of the ball. Russell picked up where he left off in 2019 it appears. In the opening win against the Atlanta Falcons, he completed 88 percent of his passes (31/35) and threw four touchdown passes. Russell Wilson is the Chris Paul of the NFL. I just see the leadership and the intangibles he brings to his team. When I watch D.K. Metcalf, I’m reminded a lot of Terrell Owens. It’s that build and how he moves with the ball in his hands. As for the defense, the Seahawks allowed 522 yards to the Falcons. Is it a cause for concern? Potentially but remember, we haven’t seen anything from anyone because there was no preseason. I think they can adjust though. They’ll play their first home game on Sunday night with New England in town.

Patriots X-Factor: James White– You saw what he did for Brady in all those years. He can do the same for Cam in due time. What I enjoy about his game is how he’s able to create mismatches all over the field. If the defense is playing man to man, get him in the position against a linebacker and he will handle the rest. Chemistry will be built between these two.

Seahawks X-Factor: Jarran Reed– It’s typical to fly under the radar when you play with bigger names. This guy is no slouch for the Seahawks defensive line. You talk about a huge force, that’s what he is. Jarran is a defensive tackle that creates havoc on the interior. Whether it’s stopping the run or bringing the quarterback down, he makes his presence felt.

Final Thoughts: Russell Wilson and Cam Newton. Both guys know each other very well. These quarterbacks will apply pressure on these defenses. Cam wants to make the best possible play with his feet. On the other hand, Russ is the king of improvisation on the field. I’m curious to see how both defenses will look to take down the opposing quarterback. New England must keep Russ in front of them. For example, he likes to extend plays. I’m setting the edges with containment. For Seattle, I’m making Cam throw the ball because he’s still not on par with these receivers. Get him out of his element.

Prediction: Seahawks 20 Patriots 17

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