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NFC West Player Analysis
Ben Doughty,, Staff Writer

Seattle Seahawks (vs New England Patriots)

QB Russell Wilson: Big time players step up in big time games. He'll bounce back from his worst pro performance and put this team in a position to repeat as champion. His biggest impact will be in the running game as New England will take away the down field passing game. ( 211 yds pass with 2 TDs and 1 Int; 42 yds rush )

RB Marshawn Lynch: Dan Herron is no Marshawn Lynch. New England is going to put their corners in man coverage and stack the box to limit his success. Seattle gets Right Tackle Justin Britt back after missing the NFC Championship. If the Seahawks can feed Lynch the ball 20+ times, they'll control the game. ( 89 yds rush and 1 TD; 2 catches for 22 yds )

RB Robert Turbin: The offensive struggles were the reason for his lack of touches last week. Seattle will find more success this week thus putting him back to his usual 7-8 carries. Don't be surprised if he makes a big play in the short passing game. ( 24 yds rush; 1 catch for 9 yds )

WR Jermaine Kearse: It isn't clear whether he'll draw Revis or Browner. Either way, it's an extremely tough matchup. Russell Wilson is a smart quarterback and isn't going to make the same poor pass decisions two weeks in a row. Look for an underwhelming production day from last week's hero. ( 2 yds rush; 4 catches for 56 yds )

WR Doug Baldwin: Revis on Baldwin makes the most sense so the bigger Browner can cover Kearse. The perceived weakness of this Seattle offense is the wide receivers and it will be the focal point of the Patriots to expose that. Baldwin has made some huge catches in critical situations this season but won't be as impactful on Super Bowl Sunday. ( 4 catches for 54 yds )

WR Kevin Norwood: ( 2 catches for 22 yds )

WR Ricardo Lockette: ( 1 catch for 11 yds )

WR Bryan Walters: ( 1 catch for 5 yds )

TE Luke Willson: If Seattle is to have success in the passing game, it will have to come from the tight end position. Wide Receivers will have a hard time getting open, so Russell Wilson will be forced to check down to his safety valve. Willson has proven himself capable of making big plays when needed and the Seahawks will need him. ( 3 catches for 43 yds )

TE Tony Moeaki: ( 1 catch for 14 yds )

PK Steven Hauschka: Don't expect another shut out from one of the best kickers in the game. Points will be at a premium because the Seahawks will try and let their defense win this one. ( 3 XPs, 2 FGs )

Def Seattle Seahawks: When Bill Belichick has two weeks to prepare, you can bet there will be some new wrinkles to face. Both Sherman and Thomas will be a 'go' albeit less than 100%. Seattle will have to get more pressure on Brady than they did against Rodgers or it will be a very long Sunday afternoon for Seattle. ( 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble )

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