PHOTO:Seattle Seahawks QB, Matt Hasselbeck (8), scrambles around end looking to find an open receiver (Getty Photo)
Preview: Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots:
In what many football fans dub as the match up of the week, the New England
Patriots (4-0) host the Seattle Seahawks (3-1) behind a defense hoping to rattle
former Boston College QB, Matt Hasselback, early with zone blitzes.
This wont be an easy task with Seattle having one of the top offensive lines in the NFL and stud RB Shaun Alexander (382 yds 5 tds) in the backfield.
The Patriots are coming off of a win against Miami last week that saw them break the NFL record for consecutive games won with 19 in a row. The Patriots were featured this week on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
The Seahawks suffered a devastating loss last week against St. Louis by allowing the Rams to come back from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter in an important NFC West battle. Seattle needs todays win to reestablish itself as the team to beat in the NFC and must not give up more ground to the Rams.
Patriots RB, Corey Dillon, who is averaging 5 yards per carry, will try to shake off a right foot injury suffered on a long run against the Dolphins at the end of last week's 24-10 win. If Dillon (417 yds 1td) can't stay in the game, RB Kevin Faulk, who has seen limited action this season due to a knee injury, will be called upon to carry the load with FB Patrick Pass.
Defensive Back Rodney Harrison was voted dirtiest player in the NFL in a poll of NFL players, in this weeks Sports Illustrated. The Patriots signed Harrison from the San Diego Chargers in 2003 making it possible to release longtime DB Lawyer Milloy at the start of the 2003 season. Milloy was holding out for more money.
WR Deion Branch (knee) will not play against Seattle, WR Troy Brown (shoulder)
could play, and while Tom Brady still has very capable receivers such as David
Patten and David Givens, the depth is definitely in question. Another question
in the receiver mix is the status of second-year speedster Bethel Johnson, who
last Sunday was benched for what team officials said was a lackluster week of
practice and poor knowledge of the playbook.
TE Daniel Graham leads all Patriot offensive players in touchdowns with 5 on 114 yards receiving.
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