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08:02 AM ET 10.15 | The Patriots defense, as it turns out, is just what Russell Wilson and his supporting cast needed. Wilson nearly doubled his touchdown total -- five coming in -- in one game against the Patriots. The formula for being moderately successful defensively is fairly simple: don't give up big plays. It's the mantra of coach Bill Belichick. ... Yet the Patriots keep allowing them. And opponents know they are going to give them up if the Patriots don't develop a consistent pass rush that can't do more than spark up here or there. "Definitely," Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice said. "We studied film and the first thing we said was, 'We'll have opportunities to take passes down the field and all we had to do was take advantage of it.'"

The Boston Globe

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October 15, 2012  08:06 AM ET

Heeheehee.

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October 15, 2012  08:10 AM ET

Thought they addressed the defense in the last draft.... Guess not.

October 15, 2012  08:15 AM ET

The Patriots' defense has been suspect for a few years. They let a lot of veterans go and tried to replace them with bargain-basement players. It didn't work. This year they addressed the defense in the draft, but these players are young and need time to develop. How quickly that happens will determine how competitive the Pats can be, especially regarding the playoffs.

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October 15, 2012  08:21 AM ET

The Pats D made a rookie QB look like an All Pro yesterday. The Seahawks D forced an All Pro QB into making rookie like mistakes.

October 15, 2012  08:29 AM ET

"Pats' D gaining poor reputation"

Not with me. They've had a poor reputation for years.

What's getting me now is the poor play-calling when we've got the ball. Look, Bill, keep doing what's working. You can't go into a shell at the end of the 3rd quarter, just run the ball, get a couple of first downs and punt. You can't rely on this defense to stop anybody.

The Patriots need to keep the hammer down and run up the score. Up 13 in the 4th quarter isn't enough. Stick with the no-huddle, pass-first offense. Put some nails in the coffin for once.

October 15, 2012  08:31 AM ET

Guess that whole "Spygate" thing put a pretty good dent in Belichick's defensive prowess.....

October 15, 2012  08:47 AM ET

The Team has consintrated on Offense, this is what happens when you prepare to score more, they have to spend more time on Prepping their Defense. Seattle is a tough place to win a game!

October 15, 2012  08:48 AM ET
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Hey you Boston homers.Eat this:

Dole, great game yesterday. I "almost" gave up on Seattle in the 4th quarter. The refs sure like to protect Brady don't they?? There were a couple of late hit flags on the Hawks that were total Bull<hit!!!!

October 15, 2012  08:51 AM ET
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Seattle is a tough place to win a game!

This is true, but damn the Hawks tried to give the game to the Pats. Seattle took too many penalties.

October 15, 2012  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Dole, great game yesterday. I "almost" gave up on Seattle in the 4th quarter. The refs sure like to protect Brady don't they?? There were a couple of late hit flags on the Hawks that were total Bull<hit!!!!

On the other hand, they go after him for intentional grounding. The first one, at the end of the first half, should not have been called. He was not throwing the ball away to avoid the rush, as he had already escaped. Throwing the ball to avoid the rush is one of the requirements for an intentional grounding call. Throwing it away to stop the clock, which is what he did, is not in itself a penalty.

October 15, 2012  08:55 AM ET

Tough start for a team the media was saying could go 16-0 this season.

October 15, 2012  08:57 AM ET
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This is true, but damn the Hawks tried to give the game to the Pats. Seattle took too many penalties.

Pats worked hard to give the Hawks the game, too. Picks, drops, balls in the dirt. And the play calling?

Face it. The Pats were just better at giving the game away than the Seahawks were.

October 15, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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On the other hand, they go after him for intentional grounding. The first one, at the end of the first half, should not have been called. He was not throwing the ball away to avoid the rush, as he had already escaped. Throwing the ball to avoid the rush is one of the requirements for an intentional grounding call. Throwing it away to stop the clock, which is what he did, is not in itself a penalty.

The whole 'in or out of the pocket' thing is BS...Intentional grounding is just that, no matter where the QB is. The only time it should be allowed is immediately after the snap to stop the clock...and it wouldn't bother me a great deal if that were penalized as well.

October 15, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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"Pats' D gaining poor reputation"Not with me. They've had a poor reputation for years.What's getting me now is the poor play-calling when we've got the ball. Look, Bill, keep doing what's working. You can't go into a shell at the end of the 3rd quarter, just run the ball, get a couple of first downs and punt. You can't rely on this defense to stop anybody.The Patriots need to keep the hammer down and run up the score. Up 13 in the 4th quarter isn't enough. Stick with the no-huddle, pass-first offense. Put some nails in the coffin for once.

DD, good point. The Pats passing game was working pretty good, they should have continue to use it.

October 15, 2012  09:00 AM ET
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The Pats were just better at giving the game away than the Seahawks were.

Yeah, that's the whole story, right there!!! :-)

October 15, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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On the other hand, they go after him for intentional grounding. The first one, at the end of the first half, should not have been called. He was not throwing the ball away to avoid the rush, as he had already escaped. Throwing the ball to avoid the rush is one of the requirements for an intentional grounding call. Throwing it away to stop the clock, which is what he did, is not in itself a penalty.

If I remember that play correctly, Brady wasn't out of the pocket (the hash marks) and there wasn't a receiver in the area.

October 15, 2012  09:21 AM ET

That last TD pass of Wilson's was a good an illustration of the Pats' defensive shortcomings as one could ask for.
The receiver blew by his defender (a rookie) with a head fake to the corner post that also faked the safety who gave up on him too soon.
They played the replay twice and each time I was screaming "don't let him get deep" until my wife came into the room to see if I was ok.

 
October 15, 2012  09:23 AM ET

Pats haven't had a strong defense in four years. Bill has to answer for not pulling it together for that long.

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