It's not Friday, but we tackle a few more readers' Patriots questions, including some Seahawks-specific ones pertinent to tonight, here:
PATRIOTS VS. SEAHAWKS
- Curran: Pats may have to 'plaster' Seahawks
- Lewis would give Patriots a new threat
- Key for Patriots' D is . . . Gronk?
- Curran's game preview
- Patriots-Seahawks game notes
what to expect from Dion Lewis on Sunday and the rest of the way?— Macka (@TwittahDave) November 10, 2016
TC: The first part of the question will kinda determine the second part. I would imagine a measured workload for Lewis on Sunday night. If he touches the ball more than 10 times I’d be surprised because – even if he’s feeling great as the game goes on- it’s important to see how he responds after the workload he’s given and then have it expanded based on that.
how do you think the #Patriots will cover Graham? With Baldwin all around the field while trying to keep Wilson in the pocket...— Luis Garcia-Moreno (@Luis_GMFS) November 10, 2016
TC: Based on the last time they saw Graham in 2013 when he was a Saint … I can’t tell you. Here’s the thing – not only was Aqib Talib their best cover guy he was their biggest cover guy. Now their biggest cover guy is Eric Rowe followed by Logan Ryan. But the smaller Patrick Chung is very good at getting after tight ends. Meanwhile, their best cover guy is Malcolm Butler. I can see Doug Baldwin getting specific attention from Butler and then combo work on Graham with a safety over the top.
If Dion Lewis plays this weekend how do you envision the spread of RB snaps given Seattle's defense?— DocFlynn (@jessdeede) November 10, 2016
TC: I don’t think this will be a run-heavy game plan. More than the Super Bowl because the Patriots have a better identity in the running game this time but still plenty of sub-offense with James White on the field first and then Lewis getting some spot duty as he eases back in.
which player do you think is the biggest key to second half improvement on defense?— Conor Thomas Foley (@ConorAKAFrank) November 10, 2016
TC: I’m going off the board here Conor with Rob Ninkovich. Missing the first four games and coming back from the triceps injury had him playing at less than what he usually does. And he was outstanding during training camp. If he gets back to that level and chips in at both defensive end and at the linebacker level, I think he can be a real key. Also, Jabaal Sheard needs to make more steady impact. Not sure if it’s scheme, deployment, playing time or performance that’s holding him back from being the impact player that I imagined he’d be.
how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood #Patriots— Jason Lindsey (@lindsjay23) November 10, 2016
TC: Jason, tough one. It really depends on how much wood is at said woodchuck’s disposal when he starts chucking. Sky’s the limit, really.
Will the Pats win? Not my best question. #FridayBag— Edward Ingraham (@Whofan70) November 10, 2016
TC: Ed, I’m going off the board this week and saying … no.
TC: Game plan will dictate it and if defenses are going to spend more time bodying up Edelman or concentrating on Gronk and Martellus Bennett, you could see the numbers rise. But it’s really dependent on what defenses do as opposed to the Patriots coming into a game and saying, “Let’s get it to Hogan a ton today.”
Odds we see 2 RB, 2 TE, 1 WR formation when Lewis comes back?— The NY Olive (@Thundersnacker) November 10, 2016
TC: I don’t think the offensive scheme will be altered too often. When it’s two backs, those are normally going to be fullback James Develin and running back LeGarrette Blount. If Blount’s on the field with a sub back like White or Lewis I’d expect them to be lined up on the perimeter as opposed to a classic two-back set.
will the pats have an answer for Jimmy Graham now that Collins is gone? How do they handle him?— Tommy (@Tommy_Cote) November 10, 2016
TC: Hey Tommy, I hit this a little earlier but just to circle back, Collins wasn’t usually a guy that was devoted to checking one player all over the field. That is – in the rare instances it’s used – Malcolm Butler.
Defensively, BB typically ID's 1 area or player to stop, who is it 4 Hawks this week?— jimderochea (@jimderochea) November 10, 2016
TC: Two things. Stop Doug Baldwin. Don’t let the rush go past Russell Wilson. Nobody past him creating opportunities for him to step up or scramble.
#FridayBag With Collins gone who's going to be the spy on Wilson?— gillwho? (@sarim0t0) November 10, 2016
TC: Hey Sarim, it will be a group effort as opposed to spying Wilson, I imagine. I suppose Barkevious Mingo would be the best answer if there were to be a second-level guy devoted to Wilson but the more likely scenario is nobody spying but the entire front-seven responsible for keeping his running lanes covered up.
Will the D really miss Collins?— Jason Meserve (@jmeserve) November 10, 2016
TC: The Jamie Collins that was a Pro Bowler? They missed him all year. The guy who played against Houston? They’ll miss him. The Jamie Collins they got so often this year? They won’t miss too badly because he was an average player prone to breakdowns and big plays.