The Seattle Seahawks will welcome the New England Patriots to CenturyLink Field for Sunday Night Football!
Both teams are coming off victories in Week 1. Seattle unleashed Russell Wilson in Atlanta, letting him become more aggressive in the passing game, and he completed 31 of 35 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-25 Seahawks victory. Wilson tossed two touchdowns to Chris Carson, threw a deep ball to DK Metcalf for a 38-yard score on a fourth-and-5, and found Greg Olsen for a 7-yard touchdown, his first as a Seahawk.
As for the Patriots, Cam Newton led his new team to a 1-0 start and the early returns of the Patriots offense were mostly positive. Newton completed 15-of-19 passes for 155 yards and rushed 15 times for a game-high 75 yards and two touchdowns.
It’s a little early to make snap judgements about the possible outcome of the Week 2 matchup, because Week 1 was well... Week 1. Both teams passed their first tests.
Now, all eyes will be on the Seahawks and Patriots as they meet for the 19th time overall and first time since the Patriots fell, 31-24, in a Sunday Night Football game on Nov. 13, at Gillette Stadium.
Here’s what you need to know about the Week 2 matchup:
- The Patriots and Seahawks played 12 times in a 14-year span from 1980-93, but have played only five times since then (2004, 08, 12, 16 and in Super Bowl XLIX).
- New England holds a 4-3 record in games played at Seattle.
- The Patriots will travel to Seattle for the first time since a 24-23 loss at CenturyLink Field on Oct. 14, 2012.
- Pete Carroll vs. New England: 3-2 (2-1 as Seattle coach).
- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was head coach of the Patriots from 1997-99.
- Seahawks wide receiver Phillip Dorsett II played for NE from 2017-19.
- Tight end Jacob Hollister played for NE from 2017-18.
- Josh Gordon, who played for the Patriots from 2018-19, awaits reinstatement to rejoin Seahawks.
QUOTABLES: Pete Carroll in preparing for the new-look Patriots offense featuring Cam Newton:
“We do have a real good background with Cam, but we don’t know what they’re going to do with him. It’s only one game... They have been notorious for changing from one week to the next in how they approach their opponents and all, so we have to go into this game with a real wide-open look.”
Pats coach Bill Belichick on facing Russell Wilson:
“He’s very, very resourceful and has the ability to do so many things that if you take one thing away from him, he can still kill you doing other things. It’s the mark of a great player and he can make the other players around him better. He consistently does that with all of them. He’s problem number one.”
-- Seahawks: -200 -- Patriots: +170
-- Seahawks: -4 -- Patriots: +4 -- O/U: 45
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Sunday, Sept. 20
Where: CenturyLink Field | Seattle, Washington
Start time: 5:20 p.m. PT kickoff; live coverage begins at 4:00 p.m. PT with Football Night In America
TV channel: NBC
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[Listen to the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and NBC Sports Boston's Patriot Reporter Phil Perry]