Maybe it's because we barely got any X's and O's discussion from the media over the last 2 weeks, but I feel like Seattle's defense isn't getting enough respect for what they are. I don't need the results of this game to know they're already an all-time great group. Packers had FIVE (!!) extra possessions w/ a better overall offense than NE and still couldn't put that game away. Questionable coaching decisions aside, that's a testament to how their level of play is on a different stratosphere than everyone else. It's ain't just the LOB either, they are a machine from top to bottom.
On paper, the Seahawks are a bad match-up for the Pats.
NE is a gameplan team and it's very simple for today. If they can't effectively run the ball vs. this group, it's certain death. There's no other way around it.
Not only will Brady struggle, but I think it's sort of inevitable. They don't have a legit receiver that can take the top off and their bread & butter is intermediate routes, which Seattle is crazy good @ defending. NE gets Bryan Stork back (huge) and they'll need an inconsistent o-line to keep Brady upright. If he gets constantly harassed and planted on his ***, he'll start seeing ghosts and they're ****** just like in every postseason L since '07.
They're gonna need other groups to step up and alleviate responsibilities from the offense. Either special teams or defense needs to make plays and force turnovers. TOS and the field position game is gonna be crucial.
I'd really like a nice clean game w/ no controversies or injuries. No more unnecessary bull ****, just pure football.