Round Table: The Patriots Win If…

The Patriots are playing in Seattle today, which is unfamiliar territory for Tom Brady.  Finish the sentence:  The Patriots will win today if they…

Jason: …create turnovers and play tough in the red zone. The Seattle D is strong at home, so I'm not expecting the offense to put up a ton of fireworks. The defense will need to show up if New England is going to escape with a win.

Stephen: …handle Seattle's defensive line. Their group ranks as a top-3 unit. It's fast, physical and versatile. Red Bryant is a guy the Patriots went after in the offseason and is a beast as a 323-pound run-stuffing defensive end. Chris Clemons and rookie Bruce Irvin are lightning-quick pass-rushers who could give mammoth offensive tackle Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer fits because of their ability to bend around the corner. Brandon Mebane, Jason Jones and Alan Branch are a load to handle along the interior. This is definitely the best group the Patriots will have faced thus far, and New England will only come out on top if they can stifle Seattle's super group.

Derek: …Keep Brady off the turf.  If Brady gets sacked eight times like Aaron Rogers did in his trip to the Northwest, it's going to be a long, ugly day for the Patriots.  The O-line has to protect #12 and allow him to work his magic with Wes Welker, Gronk, and Lloyd.  If Brady has time to throw, this should be an easy win for New England.  However, the flipside is that getting Brady the time he needs to throw isn't going to be easy at all.

Derek Hanson

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Doctor by day, blogger by night, Derek Hanson is the founder of the Bloguin Network and has been a Patriots fan for more than 20 years.