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Enemy Reaction 2020: New England Patriots

NFL: New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks were a yard away from losing their first home opener under Pete Carroll and their third home game in a row for the first time since 2008. Thanks to Bobby Wagner, Lano Hill, and LJ Collier, the Seahawks defense made sure Cam Newton wouldn’t cross the goal line. It’s very early in the 2020 NFL season but this is the frontrunner for best game of the year and it will be hard to beat.

After last week’s hiccup, Coral was running smoothly for Week 2 and as such this is the first traditional Enemy Reaction of the Coral era. Let’s get to it!

Opposition game thread comments are courtesy of Pats Pulpit. As always, we’re in the left side of the shot.

Devin McCourty scores on a pick-six thanks to Greg Olsen flub (7-0 NE)

Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett strike right back (7-7)

Cam Newton easily scores from a yard out (14-7 NE)

DK Metcalf beats Stephon Gilmore for the tying touchdown (14-14)

David Moore gives Seattle the lead for the first time (21-17 SEA)

Quinton Dunbar picks off Cam Newton (21-17 SEA)

Freddie Swain gets his first NFL touchdown (28-17 SEA)

Cam Newton throws it to Jakob Johnson on clever design, but two-point conversion is stopped (28-23 SEA)

Russell Wilson lofts one to Chris Carson for his fifth touchdown pass (35-23 SEA)

Patriots answer with another Newton touchdown (35-30 SEA)

Cam Newton DENIED! Seahawks win! (35-30 SEA Final)

Post-Game: Cam Newton showed something in loss (Ian Logue, PatsFans)

Speaking of Newton, this game gave us a glimpse of the fact that it’s not just his legs that make him dangerous. He proved Sunday night that he certainly has the ability to keep the team in the game with his arm. He completed 30-of-44 for 397-yards and a touchdown, including a perfect 6-of-6 on third down. His lone miscue of the night was an interception in the third quarter where he threw a bit too far inside on a sideline throw and was picked off. That ended up being the difference because Russell Wilson took Seattle down the field and scored on the ensuing drive.

It’s tough. As good as Newton was, he needed to be absolutely perfect because Wilson ultimately was. The Seahawks QB made his one mistake in the first series of the game, which saw him get picked off thanks to the football glancing off his receiver’s hands into the alert arms of Devin McCourty. McCourty took the ball 43-yards the other way for the touchdown and gave the Patriots the early 7-0 lead.

But Wilson was flawless from there. He missed just 7 passes all night and finished 21-of-28 for 288-yards and 5 touchdowns. He was so good that the Seahawks didn’t face a third down once during the third quarter, and faced just three in the final quarter as Seattle scored three touchdowns in the second half.

Yet, Newton did about as much as anyone could have hoped. Despite the interception, he was 23-of-33 (70%) for 312-yards and a touchdown in the final two quarters, including 4-of-6 in the red zone. It was Edelman and N’Keal Harry who carried much of the load for New England as they kept fighting back, with Edelman catching 171 of his 176 yards over that span. Newton saw his number get called on the final play of the game but was upended for a 1-yard loss, which kept them from finishing off what would have been an unbelievable road win. Still, he deserves credit for a solid effort on a night where he faced an opposing QB who simply made a few more plays.

Either way, anyone who had doubts about Newton got a glimpse of what he’s capable of. With quite a bit of football left to be played, it’s definitely something for him to build off of.

Post-Game: Stephon Gilmore getting punked by DK Metcalf was a bad look (Jerry Trotta, Musket Fire)

What wasn’t entirely encouraging, however, was the performance from New England’s defense, which surrendered a whopping 35 points and allowed Russell Wilson to throw for five touchdowns. To be more specific, it was pretty humbling to watch cornerback Stephon Gilmore get owned by Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf.

That was a simple (albeit powerful) curl route from Metcalf and he absolutely bamboozled Gilmore on it before lowering his shoulder and carrying him for an extra six yards. We’re used to the All-Pro CB making opposing receivers look like the inferior player, but that just wasn’t the case in this game.

In fairness to Gilmore, it’s not like he was getting torched all game as he conceded just four receptions to the Seahawks star. However, Metcalf managed 92 yards and a TD on those catches and the eye test proved that he got what he wanted when lined up against the reigning Defensive Player of the Year.

Gilmore was simply no match for the Ole Miss product, who absolutely torched him on a deep route for a 54-yard touchdown in the second quarter that brought the Seahawks back even.


On top of that, Metcalf completely crushed Gilmore in the run blocking game and it actually resulted in sideline skirmish when the two kept going at it after the play. It was obvious Gilmore was agitated after getting manhandled physically.

Opponent audio recap: Patriots broadcast with Bob Socci and good ol’ Scott Zolak (via Sports Radio KJR)

Post-Game Video: The Seahawks are a damn good football team (NBC Sports Boston)

Enemy Preaction: Dallas Cowboys

A fun game that unfortunately had some terrible long-term outcomes in terms of injuries to Bruce Irvin and Marquise Blair. Up next are the Dallas Cowboys, who have not impressed defensively but do have a lot of offensive talent to make this a competitive game. Let’s see

Thanks for reading and go ‘Hawks!