With New England and Seattle both winning their respective games in Week 1 against Miami and Atlanta, both teams had something to prove heading into week 2. In the end, Seattle came out on top after a last-second stop on defense defeating New England 35-30.
After his performance against Miami, Cam Newton threw for 397 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception with a passer rating of 94.6 while completing 30 out of 44 passes. On the ground, Newton had 11 carries rushing for 47 yards, and 2 touchdowns.
Unlike last week against Miami, Bill Belichick, and Josh McDaniels wanted Cam Newton to use his arm mainly throughout the entire game and not his legs. With that said, Newton looked promising throwing the ball driving New England down the field all game long, Newton did have success running the ball as well but it was his arm that did the damage today and not his legs. In the 4th quarter, Newton drove New England down the field ending up extremely short of a touchdown on the last play of the game.
Outside of Newton, the running game was nonexistent all game long losing James White due to personal reasons did not help at all. Even though the running game was nowhere to be found, the Wide Receivers came up big time for New England.
Julian Edelman had a spectacular game, with 8 receptions for 175 receiving yards and averaging 22.4 yards per catch. The 175 receiving yards were a career-high for Edelman. Outside of Edelman both Damiere Byrd, and N’Keal Harry made their presence known offensively with both players having 72 receiving yards. Harry was key on the last drive of the game helping Newton drive down the field with 3 receptions for more than 10 yards on the final drive.
After lighting it up against Atlanta last week, Russell Wilson kept the momentum going throwing for 288 Yards, 5 Touchdowns, 1 Interception while completing 21 out of 28 passes, and a 132.2 passer rating. On the ground, Wilson rushed for 39 yards on 5 carries while averaging 7.8 yards per run.
Although Newton had more rushing yards and passing yards than Wilson, it did not matter at the end of the day, Wilson picked up the win, and having 5 passing touchdowns came a long way. Through the entire game, Wilson was unstoppable outside of the first drive, he made it a tough time for the New England defense and it showed the entire game.
Even though Wilson put on a show, he had a lot of support from his Wide Receivers and Running Backs. DK Metcalf led the way for Seattle receiving wise with 4 receptions for 92 yards, 1 touchdown, and averaging 23 yards per reception. Outside of Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, David Moore, and Chris Carson were also key contributors. Chris Carson made it a tough day for New England to stop the run rushing for 72 yards averaging 4.2 yards per rush on 13 carries.
Both defenses had a tough time keeping the offense from scoring resulting in a shootout between New England and Seattle. At the end of the day, the Seattle defense came up big at the clutch moment stopping Cam Newton on the one-yard line at the end of the game.
After losing against Seattle, New England is home in Foxboro against the Las Vegas Raiders. Las Vegas is playing the New Orleans Saints tonight on Monday Night Football
After a win against New England, Seattle is on the road heading to Dallas against the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas is coming off a comeback against the Atlanta Falcons where the team scored 15 points with less than five minutes left allowing to win the game 40-39.
Photo Credit: Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times
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