Something has to give as the Patriots have scored less than 30 points just once this season -- in a Week 2 20-18 loss against the Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks' defense has kept the team in games, only giving up more than 19 points once this season, in Week 1 against the Cardinals.
Both teams are coming off of Week 5 wins. The Patriots beat the Denver Broncos 31-21 with running back Stevan Ridley racking up 151 yards and one touchdown. The Seahawks squeaked by the Carolina Panthers on the road as the Seahawks' defense harried quarterback Cam Newton into one of his worst performances in the NFL.
Usually known for their aerial attack, the 2012 version of the Patriots are one of the best rushing teams in the NFL, ranking third at 165.4 yards per game. The Seahawks are one of the better rush defenses in the nation, also ranked third with teams only averaging 66.6 yards per game against them.
The Patriots also throw out a strong rush defense, but their secondary has had issues and give up an average of 291.6 yards per game. But with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson behind the helm, the Seahawks have struggled mightily with their pass game, ranked second to last in the NFL with only 147 yards per game.
The Patriots have won four straight interconference road games, but the Seahawks are 4-1 in their past five home games. They have also held their first five opponents to 20 points or less for the first time since 1998. The Seahawks' defense will be tested by a high-powered Patriots offense looking to extend its winning streak to three.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, Oct. 14; 4:05 ET
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle
TV Schedule: CBS
Seahawks: 710 AM ESPN / 97.3 FM KIRO
Patriots: 98.5 The Sports Hub