Seattle Seahawks (1-0)
vs. New England Patriots (1-0)
5:20 p.m. | CenturyLink Field | Seattle
TV: NBC | Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: NFL Game Pass
Live updates; Seahawks vs. Patriots
Fans, business owners bemoan a Seahawks home game without its usual atmosphere
Eighteen minutes before the Seahawks host the New England Patriots at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, a man in a blue Shaquill Griffin jersey walks along Occidental Avenue on the west side of the stadium.
“I’ve got two tickets for sale!” he shouts, at no one in particular.
Then, with his flowing brown hair flapping in the breeze, he lets out a booming laugh.
Inside Gantry Public House across the street, Farshid Varamini gets the joke.
But he might not find it funny.
Read more here.
Adam Jude's third-quarter impressions
He’s cooking, all right
If not for the pick-six in the first quarter — a pass that, no doubt, should have been caught by Greg Olsen — we might be talking about this as one of Russell Wilson’s all-time great performances.
Wilson has four touchdown passes through three quarters, the first time in his career he’s had back-to-back games with four passing touchdowns. Through three, he is 17 for 20 for 234 yards and a QB rating of 134.2.
Wilson’s third touchdown pass to David Moore had a completion probability of 6.3%, making it the second-most improbable catch in the NFL the past two seasons, according to ESPN’s Next Gren Stats.
That’s the exact same catch probability — 6.3% — as Wilson’s touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett against the Rams at CenturyLink Field last night.
Indeed, Wilson continues to make the improbable routine.
Picking on Newton
The Seahawks have struggled at times trying to slow New England’s up-tempo offense, but Quinton Dunbar got his first interception as a Seahawk — and the first Patriots turnover of the night — when he picked off Newton in the third quarter.
That set up Wilson’s fourth TD pass, this one to rookie Freddie Swain for a 21-yard score.
Bob Condotta's halftime impressions
The Seahawks are suddenly depleted in the secondary with Quandre Diggs ejected and Marquise Blair out with a knee injury.
That has Lano Hill playing free safety and Ugo Amadi the nickel.
Amadi responded with a nice play to stop a third down late in the second quarter to force what turned out to be an unsuccessful New England field goal.
But expect the Pats to try to target those two as the game wears on.
Much was made last week of Seattle’s 35-20 pass-to-run ratio.
As coach Pete Carroll said would happen, the Seahawks went to the running game more against a Patriots team known for its stout secondary.
Russell Wilson threw 16 passes while Seattle had 15 runs (three were Wilson scrambles on what looked like called passes).
Chris Carson, who had just six carries against Atlanta for 21 yards, had eight for 26 in the first half.
After a pretty clean game last week in the opener at Atlanta the Seahawks saw the penalty bug come back to bite them in a big way in the first half.
Seattle had three false starts alone in the first two quarters on the way to seven penalties for 53 yards.
A holding on Duane Brown proved especially critical in helping to kill the Seahawks final drive of the first half.
Seattle had six penalties for 46 yards in the opener.
Seahawks down two safeties
The Seattle defense suffered significant personnel blows in the first half when free safety Quandre Diggs was ejected late in the first quarter for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New England receiver N’Keal Harry, and then his replacement -- Marquise Blair -- went down with a knee injury.
Blair was injured early in the second quarter and immediately ruled as out for the rest of the game.
Blair was injured when he came up to make a stop on New England running back Sony Michel. Teammate K.J. Wright arrived a second or two later and appeared to be whipsawed into Blair’s leg.
Blair immediately grabbed his knee as he fell to the turf.
After a few minutes being tended to on the field he then was helped straight to the locker room.
After Diggs was initially injured, Blair came in to fill his spot at free safety, with Lano Hill then coming in for the nickel package -- Blair’s primary role.
When Blair left, Hill took over as free safety and Ugo Amadi was used in the nickel.
Diggs was ejected for a hit on a fourth-and-3 play on a slant pass where Harry held on to a pass from Cam Newton for a 13-yard completion on the second-to-last play of the first quarter.
Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs ejected for hit on Patriots receiver N'Keal Harry
The Seattle defense suffered a significant personnel blow when free safety Quandre Diggs was ejected late in the first quarter for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New England receiver N’Keal Harry.
The hit came on a fourth-and-3 play on a slant pass, when Harry held on to the ball for a 13-yard completion on the second-to-last play of the first quarter.
Marquise Blair replaced Diggs at free safety, and then in the nickel defense, Lano Hill came in to play safety with Blair moving to nickel.
Adam Jude's first-quarter impressions
Welp, that wasn’t an ideal start for the Seahawks.
Duane Brown, the Seahawks’ veteran left tackle, limped off the field after the second play of the game with an apparent leg injury. Not good.
The next play: Russell Wilson’s pass for tight end Greg Olsen in the left flat deflected off Olsen’s hands and bounced right to New England safety Devin McCourty, who returned the interception 43 yard for a touchdown. Patriots 7, Seahawks 7.
This is more like it: After the turnover, the Seahawks marched 75 yards in 13 plays, chewing 8:12 off the clock, to tie the score on Wilson’s 4-yard TD pass to Tyler Lockett.
Brown, after being checked by trainers, returned early in the second drive, leading a stalwart series for the offensive line, which gave Wilson plenty of time in the pocket.
Outside the interception, Wilson went 6-for-6 for 50 yards, and he had two rushes for 27 yards.
Quandre Diggs, the Seahawks’ starting free safety, was ejected late in the first quarter after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Patriots receiver N’Keal Harry.
That’s a significant loss for the Seattle secondary. Marquise Blair took Diggs’ place at free safety.
Pregame protests similar to last week
The protest of players before the game for the anthem was similar to the opener at Atlanta.
Jamal Adams again stood with his right fist raised.
It looked like about 10 players sat, two kneeled and about 10 or so stayed in the locker room.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has said players will have free reign to express themselves as they wish for the anthem. Players are protesting social injustice and police brutality.
Phillip Dorsett again inactive, won’t play against his former team
Seattle’s six inactive players for Sunday’s game included receiver Phillip Dorsett II, out for a second week with a sore foot that has plagued him since the middle of training camp.
Dorsett practiced on a limited basis earlier in the week leading to hope he would be able to play. But he did not practice Friday, and that foreshadowed that he would be unable to play. Dorsett played for the Patriots the last three seasons.
Seattle’s other inactives were running back DeeJay Dallas, linebacker D’Andre Walker, defensive end Rasheem Green, offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi and defensive end Alton Robinson.
Green (stinger) and Ogbuehi (pec) were each listed as doubtful for the game.
Dallas and Robinson, each rookies, were also inactive last week.
There was some thought Robinson might be active with Green out. But Seattle on Saturday elevated defensive tackle Anthony Rush to the active roster from the practice squad, and he was among the team’s 48 active players.
Among the Patriots inactives was running back James White, whose father, Tyrone, was killed in an auto accident Sunday, according to Fox Sports 640 in Miami.
Tyrone White was a captain in the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Receivers Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry are active for the Patriots. Each was listed as questionable on the final injury report.
Report: Seahawks would like to extend Carroll’s contract ‘sooner rather than later’
Turns out, Pete Carroll may have meant it literally when he told reporters who cover the New England Patriots he’s on a “five-year plan” when it comes to his coaching career.
According to a Sunday morning report from Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network, Carroll does indeed want to coach at least five more years and he and the Seahawks are working on an extension of his current contract, which runs through the 2021 season.
Read more here.
What to watch for when the Seahawks face the Patriots in Week 2
The oddest thing about Sunday night’s Seahawks-Patriots game will be the lack of fans as the two teams play in an empty CenturyLink Field with piped-in crowd noise.
It’ll be the first of at least three home games for Seattle at the CLink without fans.
Also odd, from a strictly football standpoint — the Patriots come in as four-point underdogs.
Take a closer look at Sunday's game here.
Seahawks may have to be more balanced against Patriots, but Russell Wilson will still be at the center of it all
The last time the New England Patriots played in Seattle, Russell Wilson was a still-unproven rookie, starting just his sixth NFL game.
In his previous two games, he’d combined for five interceptions and just one touchdown, and if there was ever a time in his Seattle career when anyone might really have doubted him much it was in that stretch.
But on a rainy October afternoon, the legend of Wilson — which until that point consisted mostly of the fluky Fail Mary pass to beat Green Bay — began to truly grow.
Read more here.
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