The Patriots-Seahawks rivalry has at all times been a dramatic one, and Sunday’s matchup was a testomony to that.
From Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore’s scuffle with DK Metcalf in the course of the third quarter, to go coach Invoice Belichick’s decision to not name a timeout within the final 29 seconds of the sport, the sport was on the road (the one yard line, to be actual) when quarterback Cam Newton discovered himself seeking to run it in for a landing.
Regardless of a valiant effort by Newton, he was “stuffed” by a stable Seahawks protection on the aim line, leading to 30-35 loss for the Patriots. Newton was important of himself after the sport, including that the Patriots have the potential to be a very good group however merely “fell quick” to an opponent that got here able to compete.
“They watch movie, they in all probability [saw] us final week have plenty of success within the run recreation, and so they had a plan,” Newton stated. “Make no mistake about it, the Seattle Seahawks [are] a fantastic soccer group. We’re a fantastic soccer group as nicely, and it was nice for us to type of see the place we type of fared out and we simply fell quick.”
The overall consensus amongst specialists, nonetheless, is that the Seahawks introduced the warmth and Sunday’s loss was a instructing second for the Patriots, each offensively and defensively.
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“It’s too early to inform simply what this loss to Seattle foretold, however the Patriots know extra about themselves than they did once they received on the airplane to the Pacific Northwest on Friday afternoon,” wrote NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E Curran. “Simply as final week’s win in opposition to Miami was graded on the curve as being, nicely, advantageous. A begin. Good however not trigger to interrupt out the sheetcake within the breakroom. This week’s loss must be graded on the curve…
The Patriots received lit up on the bottom (Seattle rolled up 154 yards speeding) and that’s one thing they’ll have to shore up in a rush…However the constructing blocks seem like in place for them to get higher over there.”
Right here’s what different NFL specialists are saying:
Ryan Clark, ESPN: “I felt like I hopped within the DeLorean and we have been within the second half of 2015 when these two dudes [Newton and Wilson] have been the very best two quarterbacks on earth and Cam ended up profitable the MVP…That is what everyone stated: Can Cam Newton create some kind of passing recreation, not solely down the sector however outdoors the numbers with these weapons that the New England Patriots have?”
“I stated very early on when he was signed that this offense could possibly be higher if Cam Newton was wholesome than they’d have been with Tom Brady, and that’s precisely what we noticed final night time. It was time to make a play, and so they put the ball in Cam Newton’s palms.
“Josh McDaniels, Invoice Belichick — they’ve by no means had a man like this. They’ve by no means had Superman. So what they did? They performed the damsel in misery and stated, ‘Come save me’ and so they gave the ball to Cam. And I’ve no situation with that. The New England Patriots are going to be all proper as a result of Superman has returned.”
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: “As a result of the Patriots finally had an opportunity to win the sport with a closing play from the Seattle one, the choice to not name the timeout will draw much less consideration than it might have. As a result of Invoice Belichick is the coach who didn’t name the timeout, the choice to not name the timeout undoubtedly will draw much less criticism and scrutiny.
“Think about the response if somebody not thought to be the best coach of all time had executed one thing like this. Think about the response if somebody not thought to be the best coach of all time defined the failure to name timeout with 22 seconds of claiming nothing apart from, ‘Yeah, nicely.’
“It’s not possible to know whether or not utilizing the timeout would have resulted in a win. Nevertheless, most coaches would gladly take first and 10 from the 13 with 29 seconds on the clock and no timeouts over first and 10 from the 13 with 9 seconds and one timeout. Belichick may have had the previous, he settled for the latter, and the truth that all he may say in response was ‘yeah, nicely’ is the closest he’ll ever come to admitting a mistake.”
Phil Perry, NBC Sports Boston: “May the Patriots have trotted out a unique bundle of gamers onto the sector for that do-or-die second? Possibly. May they’ve referred to as for a cross from that heavy set the best way they did earlier within the recreation? Certain.
“However the actuality of the scenario is that the Patriots had one-man goal-line wrecking crew at quarterback. They’d a play that hadn’t but failed. However they have been out-executed in the meanwhile of reality.”
Karen Guregian, Boston Herald: “Given the Dolphins are rebuilding, and the Seahawks are a well-established group, with a quarterback in Russell Wilson who Invoice Belichick primarily referred to as the very best participant within the recreation, this outing revealed extra important intel on the Patriots.
“Did they cross the litmus take a look at? Not fairly, however let’s simply say shedding doesn’t solid a pall on the season. If something, there have been loads of encouraging indicators in the course of the nail-biting 35-30 loss at a fan-less CenturyLink Discipline. The hole between the Patriots and the Seahawks has been established. And it’s not a lot.
“What was most regarding concerning the loss? All week lengthy, Belichick preached about Wilson’s greatness, particularly his effectiveness in throwing the deep ball. There’s nobody higher.
“And even in opposition to the Patriots’ vaunted secondary, with all of the warnings delivered about what Wilson does finest, the Seahawks quarterback nonetheless hit the lengthy ball — and it price the Patriots.”
Chad Finn, Boston.com: “In the event you completely should have one thing to fret about this morning, the Patriots’ protection has some areas of concern. The Seahawks, who don’t precisely have a Shaun Alexander or Curt Warner of their backfield lately, averaged 5.1 yards per rush, gaining 154 yards on the bottom. That’s not going to get it executed. I’m much less alarmed by the 5 landing passes Russell Wilson dropped on them contemplating no less than three of them got here on throws perhaps one or two different quarterbacks within the league could make. The Patriots didn’t even maintain the Seahawks to a three-and-out till early within the fourth quarter.”
Jeff Howe, The Athletic: “It was a testomony to Newton that the Patriots even had an opportunity on the finish, in order that must be encouraging from a broader perspective. Newton moved the ball with relative ease when the Patriots busted the brakes off the offense…
“It wasn’t a typical Patriots defensive efficiency, whether or not it was Stephon Gilmore, who gave up a 54-yard landing reception to DK Metcalf, or Jason McCourty, who was in protection for landing catches by Tyler Lockett and David Moore, or only a large-scale basic breakdown throughout Freddie Swain’s straightforward 21-yard landing reception. Wilson, who was hit arduous on three of his landing passes, saved making performs to maintain the strain on Newton and the Patriots all through the night time…
“When given the possibility to open it up, Newton flew up and down the sector in opposition to a proficient Seahawks protection. The Patriots will want extra of that in opposition to AFC powers just like the Chiefs and Ravens.
“And now that they’ve seen him do it, the Patriots have a greater understanding of how a lot weight they will placed on Newton’s shoulders.”
Eric Rueb, Providence Journal: “Seems like N’Keal Harry isn’t almost as unhealthy as Tom Brady made everybody suppose he was. Sunday’s 35-30 loss to Seattle nonetheless hurts within the standings, however plenty of good got here out of it for the New England Patriots.
“Maybe the most important improvement was that Harry, the Patriots’ 2019 first-round draft decide, seemed like he’s able to blossom enjoying with Cam Newton after spending final yr in Brady’s doghouse.
“Harry performed his finest recreation as a professional in opposition to the Seahawks, ending with eight catches for 72 yards. Not a foul efficiency when you think about he opened his night time by almost getting decapitated.”
Bernd Buchmasser, SB Nation’s Pats Pulpit: “This technique of “figuring it out” could have been born out of necessity given how the sport went, nevertheless it did present that Newton and the Patriots offense are definitely able to enjoying a unique recreation than final week’s. For one, they actively stretched the sector: New England had 13 cross performs of greater than 15 yards in opposition to the Seahawks, after having simply three of them versus Miami one week earlier than. The group additionally tried to go up-tempo with a purpose to make life arduous for Seattle’s protection.
“The outcomes could not have at all times been fairly — the Patriots turned the soccer over as soon as and on the finish of the day scored simply three offensive touchdowns — however Newton and firm performed some good complimentary soccer, particularly with the sport on the road. Alongside the best way, he confirmed some stable chemistry together with his cross catchers as nicely.”