New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks Matchup Preview (9/20/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
We get a rematch of the 2015 Super Bowl on Sunday Night Football, but a lot has changed since then. The Legion of Boom is gone, and the Tom Brady era is over. Instead, we get a matchup with Cam Newton and Russell Wilson. The offenses of these two teams are completely different if Seattle’s Week 1 performance is a warning shot to the rest of the league that they are letting Wilson cook. New England and Seattle are both coming off Week 1 wins, but Seattle is the team with a bit more hype. However, Newton looked like the one of old where he led a run-heavy offense. This might be the week where we have to see the Patriots throw the ball a bit more, which was the big question mark heading into the season. Seattle are four-point favorites at home. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, September 20th, 2020
Time: 8:20 PM ET
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
TV Coverage: NBC
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New England Patriots: Julian Edelman (Q), N’Keal Harry (Q), Adam Butler (Q), Brandon Copeland (Q)
Seattle Seahawks: Phillip Dorsett (P), Rasheem Green (Q), Cedric Ogbuehi (Q)
New England Patriots Analysis
The Patriots grinding out a 21-11 win against Miami in Week 1, where they played just about as we’d expect. They ran the ball a total of 42 times and threw just 19 times. They put up 357 total yards, but that will be tough to duplicate against a better defense in Seattle. The worst case scenario is that Seattle is able to put up some points on this defense, which forces New England to throw more than 19 times. While Newton completed 15 of those passes for 155 yards, they were not exactly pushing downfield. Julian Edelman led the team in targets with six, while N’Keal Harry saw six. After that, it was just James White to see more than one target. Edelman also saw limited snaps which we will get to in a moment. Newton was the leading rusher with 75 yards and two scores.
If you are looking at snaps for fantasy football, the Patriots snap counts will be of concern. But this is how they will likely operate over the next few weeks. Edelman played just 58% of the snaps which was a bit odd, as there was no real explanation as to why that was. Damiere Byrd and N’Keal Harry played the most snaps, going over 80%. As for the running backs both James White, Rex Burkhead, and Sony Michel played exactly 19 snaps, while J.J. Taylor played nine snaps.
Seattle’s defense isn’t quite as good as it used to be, as they ranked 16th against the pass and 23rd against the run. While I referenced being a tougher matchup, it is compared to Miami in Week 1. They looked good through three quarters with a few turnovers against the Falcons that they caused and most of the points against were in garbage time. I value Seattle’s defense higher than some in this spot because the Patriots skill position players have been a real problem for their roster.
New England Patriots Depth Chart
Seattle Seahawks Analysis
The Seahawks got off to a quick start against the Falcons in Week 1, scoring 14 first-quarter points. They would finish with 38 as the Seahawks took advantage of an Atlanta defense that was not ready for Russell Wilson. For the most part, the defense held Atlanta in check as they moved the ball more so in the fourth to get 13 of their 25 points. Wilson played out of his mind this week, completing 31 of 35 passes for 322 yards and four scores. They were not as run-heavy as prior seasons and in fact, the backs were not really successful on the ground. Chris Carson caught two passing touchdowns but didn’t see the field a ton. As expected, Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf led the team in targets with eight apiece. Both had over 90 yards but it was Metcalf who had the touchdown.
Chris Carson handled the workload a lot last season despite his fumbling issues. He had offseason hip surgery which was a concern, and that potentially might have been a reason for lesser snaps because this game was in handle He played just 45% of the snaps where Carlos Hyde and Travis Homer took up the rest.
Russell Wilson will have a tough task against this secondary. They ranked top-three against the pass last season and are already in the same boat for 2020. However, Week 1’s matchup set them up very well to do so. The Patriots run defense might be a little bit exploitable this season given they lost a few names. Chris Carson’s usage will be interesting to follow in this game and could be telling for how they use him over the first half of the season.
Seattle Seahawks Depth Chart
Betting Corner: Seahawks -3.5
Spread: SEA -3.5
Moneyline: SEA -200 / NE +170
New England heading into Seattle is an interesting game because it is really the first test to see how this Patriots team can do against other top teams in the league. Miami isn’t someone to measure a team’s worth against. Seattle is. Generally, this is a tough place to play, but a bit easier with no fans. The Seattle spread started at 4.5 in most spots but has moved down to -4 and -3.5. This isn’t a bad spot for Seattle because I do expect them to win and the spread is certainly doable. The offensive firepower Seattle has is greater than the Patriots and this is a game where that can show, even against the Patriots defense. I really question the Patriots offense in being able to put up points when needed. The game last week was more a style of how they can win those grind it out the type of games.
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Daily Fantasy Picks
This game isn’t on any of the main slates but it will be offered in a few of the minor ones and then the showdown slates. This game doesn’t really scream fantasy potential given the Patriots defense is still very good and then the offense is just too split up being run-heavy. The running backs all played limited snaps and then ran run plays over 60% of the time. In any slate that includes this game, I would be fading it. There is just no interesting matchup to even take a chance on in a week with plenty of wide-open fantasy games. Now for the showdown, the Seattle wide receivers are still in play because they have Russell Wilson throwing to them and the volume will be there. It isn’t a great matchup but I like them more than Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry. Both team’s running backs were basically split into thirds for a workload and that is a buzzkill for fantasy.