Patriots vs. Seahawks: Things We Learned from Seattle's Upset of New England

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIOctober 14, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 14: Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll pats Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks on the head before a game against the New England Patriots at CenturyLink Field on October 14, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Russell Wilson will outplay Tom Brady to defeat the New England Patriots on Oct. 14, 2012. 

If someone told you this before the season, what would your reaction be? If you're human, you probably would have laughed hysterically.

Well, that happened Sunday, believe it or not, as the Seahawks upset New England in Seattle. What a wild and wacky year the NFL has had thus far. 

Here are some things we learned from Sunday's upset: 


Pete Carroll made the right decision to go with Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson has that "it" factor. He can go through a game stinking up the joint but will find a way to make that one play to decide a game.

Will he be a great quarterback in the league? Maybe, maybe not, but for this team, all he needs to be in his rookie season is a game manager who can make the occasional big play.

Right now, Wilson has proved he can get the job done through six games. And the best part: he will only improve as the season progresses. Pete Carroll made the correct call naming him the starter.


Seattle's defense with Wilson's game-managing ability can make the playoffs

Seattle is a playoff team in the NFL this year if they can continue to get unbelievable defensive efforts and Russell Wilson can protect the football like he did on Sunday.

We have seen Seattle's defense frustrate Aaron Rodgers and now Tom Brady. You can even throw Tony Romo in there if you consider him a Top 10 quarterback. Nevertheless, that's two great quarterbacks and a good quarterback.

Seattle is proving that they can compete with any team in the NFL on the defensive side of the ball. If they can get enough from Wilson—protecting the ball while making smart decisions and the occasional big play—they are capable of playing in the postseason. 


New England's pass defense is still horrendous 

One year after allowing New York to drive the length of the field to win the Super Bowl, New England's pass defense continues to receive deserved criticism. 

The pass defense has been flat-out horrendous, to put it kindly, and Sunday's showing was a prime example. 

Russell Wilson will be a good starting quarterback in the NFL. Some day. Right now he isn't much more than a game manager and that's fine.

However, with a 13-point fourth quarter lead against a rookie quarterback, New England (No. 28 in pass defense entering Sunday's game) allowed Wilson to throw two touchdown passes to win the game.


Wilson has only been over 200 yards one other time this season and that was against Carolina. On Sunday Wilson put up 293 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

He outplayed Tom Brady, believe it or not. That just happened. 


The NFL is wide open this year

Pittsburgh isn't that great right now, the Patriots are .500, Green Bay has struggled immensely, San Francisco got cracked twice this season, New Orleans stinks, Denver is struggling with Peyton Manning at the helm and so on and so forth.

It's ridiculous.

22 of the 32 NFL teams are .500 or worse, with San Diego having a chance to make it 23 tomorrow night.


There are only three teams in the AFC with a record above .500, with San Diego having a chance to make that two tomorrow night. 


Judging by the rest of the league, Seattle and New England are in a perfect position six games into the season.