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(Eds: With AP Photos.) By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Vince Lombardi, not to mention Woody Hayes, would love what the 49ers, Patriots, Texans, Chiefs and Giants have been doing recently. It might be longer than three yards and a cloud of dust, but those teams have run to daylight enough to make the ground game viable in the NFL again.
Only Kansas City has been losing among those five teams showing a strong commitment to the run. And for the others, particularly the Patriots and Giants, the balance provided by successful rushing attacks can only make their prolific passing games even more dangerous.
Nowhere is that more stark than in New England, where during the Tom Brady era that's now in its 12th season, only very early on when Brady replaced the injured Drew Bledsoe was Bill Belichick's bunch not a passing team. As Brady developed into a championship quarterback and superb passer, the Patriots' devotion to the run waned.
Not so in 2012. New England ranks th...
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Wow, this might be the best Brady video of all time. And it’s the perfect way to pass a Saturday afternoon.
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots offense won't be facing just 11 members of the Seattle Seahawks defense Sunday.
It will be closer to 70,000.
The Patriots all week have been pumping loud music through the speakers during practices to prepare for the hostile and rowdy Seattle fans set to pack into CenturyLink Field, one of three current NFL stadiums Brady has never played...
Bold Prediction No. 1:New England quarterback Tom Brady has spoken with his dermatologist and was advised by Dr. Maakpretti that the cool, moist Seattle air is good for his dry skin. Therefore, Tom Terrific will not be wearing make-up during the game, but he will find Welker, Hernandez and "Gronk" in the end-zone - three passing TD's against a very strong Seattle pass...
With Tom Brady under center and a thriving ground game, the New England Patriots' offense is clicking on all cylinders.
In contrast, while the Seattle Seahawks haven't moved the ball with much consistency, their defensive unit ranks as arguably the best in the league.
Something has to give Sunday when the high-scoring Patriots square off against a stingy Seahawks team looking...
QB Tom Brady
I’m dialing back my enthusiasm for Brady’s fantasy prospects this week because Seattle’s defense is solid, particularly on the back end. The one area I could see the Pats exploiting is the Seahawks’ sub packages by keeping them on the field with the hurry-up, but that’s not enough to make me project more than 260 and 2 scores. Shallow leaguers might be...
Here's one of the more interesting story lines for this game. I've already said that this Seattle game will be the biggest test for this Patriots offense. It's the best measuring stick we'll have for if this offense is really balanced or not. I can't wait to see how the Patriots can handle this Seahawks defense in a hostile environment. It's not only because...
Wes Welker causes all sorts of problems for opposing secondaries with his play on the field. Off the field, however, he's been known to cause himself a few problems with his sense of humor -- one that sometimes doesn't mix well with head coach Bill Belichick's stern ways.
Welker recently made a comment about Belichick, which the receiver claims was nothing more than...
Just as the New England Patriots appear to be firing on all cylinders both offensively and defensively, now they must travel to Seattle to face not only the 11 Seahawks on the field, but the "12th man" in the stands. CenturyLink Field is known for being one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL, and this will be a new challenge for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who missed...
"Let's go." Those were the words Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley emphasized in discussing his No. 1-ranked defensive unit taking on the No. 1-ranked offense when the New England Patriots travel west to face his team on Sunday. Bradley knows that the Patriots have good players and a good scheme on offense, led by one of the best quarterbacks in...
New England Patriots @ Seattle SeahawksNew England: The Patriots come off an impressive ripping of Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Sunday Night Football in Week 5, and now fly across the country to take on the most formidable defense they’ve faced yet. If there’s any QB in the league that can actually score good points against the Seahawks defense in Seattle, it’s Tom...
Week 6 NFC West Matchups + Previews
PATRIOTS vs. SEAHAWKS (Oct 14 4:05 PM ET)
Russell Wilson had over 200 passing yards for the first time in his career in Seattles (3-2) last game and he may have to go to the air in this game. Marshawn Lynch is the big gun for the Seahawks on offense, but he will be facing a solid New England run defense while their pass defense is one of the...
Through five games, the New England Patriots led the league in points per game with 33.0 and yards per game at 439.4. But the way New England gained those yards was different than in recent years. The Patriots were ninth in passing yardage with 274.0 yards per game, down from second in 2011 with 317.8 yards per game. But the Patriots were third in rushing yardage with 165.4 yards...
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This matchup will be one of the best for the entire weekend as we have the top rated offense against the top rated defense.
The Patriots are slowly recovering from all of their injuries (Julian Edelamn, Aaron Hernandez) and it hasn’t mattered a whole lot with the way Tom Brady has played late...