Patriots vs. Seahawks: Will Russell Wilson Have a Big Game?

Todd PheiferAnalyst IIIOctober 9, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 07:   Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball against the Carolina Panthers defense during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks have a pivotal game in Week 6 when the New England Patriots visit CenturyLink Field. A win against the Pats would help Seattle keep pace in the NFC West while at the same time defeating a top-tier team in the AFC.

Will Russell Wilson lead the way through the air?

When you look at how these two teams have performed this year, this is potentially a game of contrasting strengths. 

The high-powered New England offense that has scored 165 points will face the stingy Seattle defense that has given up only 70. Unstoppable force. Immovable object.  

The 8th-ranked Patriots run defense that has been giving up 82 yards a game will try to stop the 6th-ranked Seahawks ground game that is averaging 140 yards per contest. Marshawn Lynch will have some work to do, though this seems to favor Seattle.

Something has to give. 

The particularly interesting battle is the Seattle passing attack versus the New England secondary. Of course, this is not exactly strength versus strength.

It has been well documented that Russell Wilson is not exactly racking up huge yardage through the air, which has resulted in the 31st-ranked passing game in the NFL. Wilson is averaging 147 yards per game, though he had a season-high 221 against a poor Carolina Panthers secondary.

How good is the Patriots passing defense? Bad. 30th in the NFL bad. They are giving up 291 yards per game. If Wilson was going to take advantage of anyone, this would be a good team to exploit.

Can Russell finally put it all together?

The reality is that Wilson may not need huge yardage to beat the Patriots. If Beast Mode goes for 100 yards, Russell avoids picks, and the defense can keep Tom Brady somewhat contained, a win is a very real possibility.

Still, a big game from Wilson could quickly catapult him from inexperienced rookie to NFL sensation.

This game has all the makings of a classic battle. Will the rookie quarterback take down the legendary Tom Brady?