The Seattle Seahawks were faced with an incredibly tough task Sunday night: beat the coming-off-a-bye New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.
Well, the Seahawks answered the bell. They beat New England, 31-24, recording a goal-line stand in the final minute to seal the win. Russell Wilson threw for 348 yards and three touchdowns, C.J. Prosise had 153 total yards, and Doug Baldwin found the end zone three times. It was, in short, a great win for Seattle.
Brady Quinn, however, isn’t quite sure what to make of it – or better yet, which side to focus on.
“I don’t know if it told me so much about the Seattle Seahawks as it did maybe about the New England Patriots and some of their struggles defensively,” the former NFL quarterback said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Some of the (Seattle receivers were) running wide open. Maybe (the Patriots) struggle versus a team that has a tight end (like that) – not that there’s many like Jimmy Graham, but an athletic tight end like that – and then a wide receiver who can stretch the field and get open (against) man-on-man coverage like Doug Baldwin. So I think it exposed a couple things.”
Of course, perhaps that’s what happens when a team gets rid of some of its best defensive players, including Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins.
“I think you look at the front seven and you say, ‘They couldn’t really get pressure in the first place,’” Quinn said. “Maybe they miss Chandler Jones. Maybe they miss Jamie Collins. He’s a good blitzing linebacker when he lines up off the edge. That was something that seemed apparent to me considering the struggles of the Seattle Seahawks offensive line. It almost looked like the offensive line came together. I actually think they’ll be tested this week versus the Philadelphia Eagles defensive front. Maybe we’ll find out more then. But that game told me more about the Patriots than I think it did about the Seattle Seahawks. The one thing you noticed about the Seahawks is Russell Wilson seems to be getting healthier. He seems more comfortable and confident moving around in the pocket (and) outside of the pocket.”