Seahawks week two: 5 things to know about the Patriots
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks look to move to 2-0 on the season against the Patriots on Sunday.
The Seahawks are 1-0 on the 2020 season. But so are the Patriots. These two teams have played three times since Russell Wilson became the Seahawks quarterback in 2012 and Seattle is 2-1 in those games (yeah, 12s all know that should be 3-0). But lots has changed since the last time these two played in 2016.
Gone from the Patriots is Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. The Seahawks no longer have Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. Yet both teams are still good. To find out who is better so far this year, the Seahawks and Patriots will play in week two.
To get more information on the 2020 version of the Patriots and five things every 12 should know about New England, I asked five questions to Adam Weinrib of FanSided’s Patriots site, Musket Fire.
Thing to know number 5
12th Man Rising: As much as I don’t want you to have to address it for the millionth time, the subject is still important. What is it like for Patriots fans not to have Tom Brady at quarterback and why did the Patriots and Brady part?
Adam Weinrib: It’s still entirely bizarre that Tom Brady isn’t under center for this team, but it seems there’s also a bit of relief for all involved. Bill Belichick said it himself this week — for two decades, he’s woken up (probably at, like, 4 am), gone to work, and schemed for Tom Brady and Tom Brady alone.
It’s got to be a little refreshing to have an entirely different skill set at your disposal after winning repeated accolades for doing the same thing ad infinitum. He’s going to win games in a different fashion this year, and probably won’t be wrapping up nearly as many blowout victories by the end of the second quarter, but Cam Newton proved he can be an effective caretaker in Week 1.
If the person under center is winning, Pats Nation will forgive them quickly — and you’ve already seen the Boston media release their frustrations with Tom Brady now that it’s alright to criticize him again. We’ll miss him. He’s a legend. But there’s still another six-time champion roaming the sidelines.