After watching film of both teams, Scouts Inc. breaks down key elements of the Week 6 Patriots-Seahawks matchup.
• Force Seattle to throw the ball: New England head coach Bill Belichick is one of the best at taking away what an opponent does best. Look for the Patriots to crowd the box with extra defenders and do everything possible to limit the ground game of Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks. No team throws the ball less than the Seahawks, and only the Jacksonville Jaguars get fewer yards per passing attempt. If the Patriots can get Seattle into a lot of second- and third-and-long situations, they will have opportunities to come with a lot of disguised coverages and complicated zone schemes.
The Patriots have punted after three plays on just three of their 60 drives this season, a rate of 5.0 percent. That's the lowest three-and-out percentage in the NFL this season. The Seahawks have forced three-and-outs on 31.5 percent of their opponent's drives, the best rate in the NFL.
Stevan Ridley has run the ball 73 times against defenses featuring at least five defensive backs this season, most in the NFL. Ridley is gaining 5.3 yards per rush against such defenses, compared to 4.3 yards per rush against base 3-4 or 4-3 defenses.