Patriots vs Seahawks [Preview]
New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks — 4:05 P.M.
CenturyLink Field, Seattle
Despite some tough losses this season, New England (3-2) seems to have regained its offensive prowess. The NFL’s top-ranked offense has scored 113 points in its last three games. Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady could be challenged by a Seahawks’ defense that is the league’s stingiest, allowing just 258.6 yards per game and yielding 14.0 points per contest. With the league’s 31st-ranked passing offense gaining just 147 yards per game, Seattle (3-2) must hope that rookie quarterback Russell Wilson can keep from turning the ball over to the New England defense. Seahawks’ running back Marshawn Lynch, whose 508 rushing yards rank third in the league, should help control the clock.
Tight end Aaron Hernandez was one of three Patriots to miss practice on Friday. He was listed by the team as questionable for Sunday. Hernandez hasn’t played since injuring his right ankle against Arizona in the home opener September 16. He did return to practice last week, but didn’t play against Denver. He has practiced this week. The Patriots ruled out for Sunday two who did not practice; Safety Steve Gregory (hip) and linebacker Tracy White (foot). Thirteen others are listed as questionable.
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