Bold predictions for the Seattle Seahawks in their Week 2 meeting with the Patriots.
In Week 1, Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks picked apart a vulnerable Falcons secondary. After the 38-25 win, Seattle turns its attention to the 1-0 New England Patriots. Bill Belichick’s team decimated Miami last week behind Cam Newton’s renewed legs and a suffocating defense.
However, the Seahawks have a personnel advantage against New England and should advance to 2-0 this coming Sunday.
If things go in Seattle’s favor, we could see some of these bold predictions come to fruition.
5. Seattle’s tight ends combine for 120 yards
Outside of Tampa Bay, the Seahawks have the best tight end room in the NFL. This offseason, the team reached a one-year deal with former Pro Bowler, Greg Olsen. The veteran and future broadcaster joined a depth chart already featuring Will Dissly, Jacob Hollister, and Luke Willson.
Except for Willson, all of Seattle’s tight ends got involved on Sunday. Olsen led the unit with four catches for 24 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Dissly caught both of his targets for eight yards, and Hollister made one reception for nine yards. That’s an unimpressive start for a tight end room featuring multiple starting-caliber players.
In Week 2, the Seahawks face a defensive backfield featuring Stephon Gilmore and J.C. Jackson. Both players intercepted passes last week. If those cornerbacks take away Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf, the tight ends should thrive against New England’s decimated linebacking corps. The Patriots lost Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy to free agency, while Dont’a Hightower opted-out of the season entirely.
Fans should keep a close eye on how Seattle manages the Dissly-Olsen dynamic throughout the season. Olsen is only around for one year, while Dissly could become a long-term solution for the Seahawks.