NFL PREVIEW: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-0) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-0)

WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2020 // 8:20 PM ET // CENTURYLINK FIELD // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 9-8

STREAKS: Seahawks have won past 2

LAST GAME: 11/13/16: Seahawks 31 at Patriots 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/14/12: Seahawks 24, Patriots 23

 

PATRIOTS NOTES:

QB CAM NEWTON completed 15 of 19 passes (78.9 pct.) for 155 yards & 100.7 rating & rushed for 75 yards & 2 TDs last week in NE debut, his 7th career game with 2+ rush TDs, tied for most all-time by QB. Became 1st QB with 60 career rush TDs in NFL history. Completed 25 of 30 passes (83.3 pct.) for 256 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 110.6 rating & rushed for 63 yards in his last game vs. Sea. (11/25/18 with Car.). • RB SONY MICHEL rushed for TD last week. Has 85+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC. Had 5 rush TDs in 8 road games last season. RB JAMES WHITE aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Has 446 scrimmage yards (111.5 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 4 on SNF. Since 2016, leads all RBs in rec. TDs (20) & ranks 2nd in catches (278) & rec. yards (2,406). • WR JULIAN EDELMAN had 5 catches for team-high 57 yards last week. Has 16 catches for 208 yards (104 per game) & TD in 2 career games vs. Sea., incl. SB XLIX. Aims for his 7th in row vs. NFC West with 7+ catches, incl. postseason. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 110+ rec. yards. WR N’KEAL HARRY had career-high 5 catches for 39 yards in Week 1. • CB STEPHON GILMORE had INT last week, his 7th since 2019, most in NFL. Had 4 INTs in 8 road games last season. CB J.C. JACKSON had 2 PD & INT in Week 1. Has 4 PD & 2 INTs in his past 3 on road. S DEVIN MCCOURTY had 5 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT. S ADRIAN PHILLIPS led team with 9 tackles & had INT last week.

 

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

QB RUSSELL WILSON completed 31 of 35 passes (88.6 pct.) for 322 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 143.1 rating in Week 1, tied for the 3rd-highest single game comp. pct. (min. 35 atts.) in NFL history. Has 30,056 pass yards & 4,022 rush yards & joined HOFer STEVE YOUNG as only players in NFL history with 30,000+ pass yards & 4,000+ rush yards. Had 19 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 105.6 rating in 8 home starts in 2019. Has 641 pass yards (320.5 per game) & 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.5 rating in 2 career games vs. NE. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with 3+ TD passes & 120+ rating. • RB CHRIS CARSON had 66 scrimmage yards (45 rec., 21 rush) & 2 TD catches last week. Has 100+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB CARLOS HYDE had rush TD in Sea. debut in Week 1. • WR TYLER LOCKETT led team with 8 receptions & had 92 rec. yards last week. Had 7 rec. TDs in 8 home games last season. WR DK METCALF had 4 catches for team-high 95 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. TE GREG OLSEN had 60th career rec. TD in Sea. debut last week. • S JAMAL ADAMS had 12 tackles, sack & 2 TFL in Sea. debut in Week 1. Had INT-TD in his last game vs. NE (9/22/19 w/ NYJ). LB BOBBY WAGNER had 7 tackles & 2 PD last week. Has 10+ tackles in 4 of his past 5 at home. S QUANDRE DIGGS had 2 PD & INT in Week 1. Has 4 INTs in 6 games with Sea. S MARQUISE BLAIR had 7 tackles & FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with FF. DE BENSON MAYOWA had sack in Sea. debut last week.

 

FINALLY:

The Patriots and Seahawks have met just once since New England defeated Seattle in Super Bowl 49, a 31-24 win for the Seahawks at Foxborough in 2016. This will be the first game in NFL history in which both teams will have a head coach aged 68 or older (Pete Carroll, 69 and Bill Belichick, 68).

The Patriots defeated the Dolphins, 21-11, at home in Week 1 avenging their Week 17 loss from last season. New England has won eight straight games against the NFC, including its Super Bowl 53 win over Los Angeles, dating back to a loss to Detroit in Week 3 of 2018.

The Seahawks won at Atlanta, 38-25, in Week 1, despite allowing 506 yards of total offense to the Falcons. That was the fourth game since 2015 in which the Seahawks have allowed 500+ total net yards and still won (4-0). No team in the NFL has more than two such wins over that span and only Tennessee (1-0) has also not lost such a game.

Cam Newton passed for just 155 yards in his Patriots debut but he also led the team with 75 yards rushing on a game-high 15 carries. Newton has been his team’s leading rusher 36 times in his career, tied with Randall Cunningham for the most such games by quarterback in the Super Bowl Era (since 1966).

Russell Wilson completed 31 of 35 passes (88.6 percent) for 322 yards and four touchdowns and a 143.1 rating. Since the start of 2018, Wilson has a passer rating of 110.0 which ranks third in the NFL behind Drew Brees (115.3) and Patrick Mahomes (110.4; minimum 300 attempts).

Six Patriots rushed for 20 or more yards against Miami, including quarterback Cam Newton, wide receiver Julian Edelman and four different running backs. The last time a team had six or more players rush for 20+ yards in the same game was the 1986 Bears on December 7 versus Tampa Bay.

 

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Mike Holmgren SIRIUS: 81 (NE), 83 (Sea) | XM: 226 (NE), 225 (Sea)