The Seattle Seahawks went into Foxboro and upset the New England Patriots. It appears they’ve turned the corner and ready to assert their dominance over the NFC.
There is nothing quite like a road win against a very good team. That is exactly what the Seattle Seahawks gave us tonight. The invaded Foxboro and upset the Patriots 31-24.
In case you happen to have amnesia, this was a rematch of Super Bowl 49. The result of that game was heartbreaking and PTSD inducing. Tonight, the script was flipped, and the Seahawks came away with the win.
Here are my five takeaways from tonight unexpected win:
1. Red Zone worries
The Seahawks only punted twice, once in each half. They scored on every other possession. That’s good, but four field goals after getting inside the red zone is worrisome.
The problems were different each trip too. One was a Jermaine Kearse drop, one was a bad Wilson throw, one was a terrible route/effort by Kearse, and on the final one the offense forgot to block anyone on three straight plays.
Of course, they actually scored a TD once, but the refs decided CJ Prosise didn’t make it in for reasons that are unfathomable. They then proceeded not to overturn the call on replay because there wasn’t a good camera angle.
The lack of targets for Jimmy Graham on those trips is a bit concerning, but it is easy to see why they didn’t happen. Bill Belichick is a master of taking away an opponent’s best offensive player, and it was clear that he schemed to take away Graham tonight.
With the Patriots working to take away Graham, someone else needed to step up and make a play. Too often, that didn’t happen tonight. This is something the Seahawks have to fix.