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AFC East Player Analysis
Mike Rumsey, FantasySharks.com, Senior Staff Writer

New England Patriots (vs Seattle Seahawks)

QB Tom Brady: This will be Brady's toughest task this season. Seattle finished the regular season with the number one passing defense. If New England's offensive line has issues protecting Brady he will be in for a long afternoon on Super Bowl Sunday. ( 206 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 4 yds rush )

QB Jimmy Garoppolo: ( 18 yds pass; 2 yds rush )

RB LeGarrette Blount: They will be force feeding Blount the football, but it will be tough going against Seattle's rushing defense. ( 54 yds rush and 1 TD; 1 catch for 10 yds )

RB Shane Vereen: Since Blount's arrival, Vereen hasn't been an integral part of New England's running game. Expect more of the same in the Super Bowl as he will see limited work in New England's passing game. ( 22 yds rush; 3 catches for 31 yds )

RB Jonas Gray: With only four rushing attempts in two playoff games Gray is currently an afterthought in New England's running game. ( 28 yds rush; 1 catch for 3 yds )

RB Brandon Bolden: Bolden's main role is as a special teams player. With Blount, Vereen, and Gray in the mix and Seattle's stout rushing defense, Bolden won't see significant work out of New England's back field in the Super Bowl. ( 7 yds rush; 1 catch for 2 yds )

WR Brandon LaFell: If Sherman's still limited with an elbow strain, LaFell will have a chance. With another week before the Super Bowl, Sherman will have plenty of time to heal which will not bode well for LaFell. ( 1 yd rush; 5 catches for 50 yds )

WR Julian Edelman: Edelman suffered a hip injury but returned to the AFC Championship game. He's been Brady's main target through the playoff run but he will have a much tougher task against Seattle's pass defense in the Super Bowl. ( 3 yds rush; 8 catches for 78 yds )

WR Danny Amendola: Aside from the divisional game against Baltimore, Amendola hasn't been an integral part of New England's passing offense. Expect more of similar results in the Super Bowl as Gronkowski, Edelman,and LaFell will see the majority of Brady's attention. ( 3 catches for 27 yds )

WR Brian Tyms: ( 1 catch for 3 yds )

TE Rob Gronkowski: Gronkowski did find the end zone against the Colts, but Indianapolis limited his receptions and receiving yards. Seattle will try to contain him, but Brady will be looking for him often in the Super Bowl and Gronk always gets his. ( 5 catches for 67 yds and 1 TD )

TE Tim Wright: Wright has disappeared during New England's playoff run. With Gronkowski receiving all of Brady's attention nothing is left for Wright out of New England's passing game. ( 2 catches for 18 yds )

TE Michael Hoomanawanui: Hoomanawanui continues to play a limited role in New England's passing game. Expect more of the same as he will be counted on to block when New England faces Seattle. ( 1 catch for 9 yds )

PK Stephen Gostkowski: He's been racking up the extra points through the playoff run. New England won't hesitate to use him if the offense stalls within his range. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def New England Patriots: Even with extra time to prepare they will be in for a tough task trying to contain Wilson and keeping Lynch off the field. Still, it's the 'big game' and they will come prepared as every Bill Belichick team does. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT )



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