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New England Patriots Links 10/11/12 - Brady At Home On The Road

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New England Patriots Daily News and Links for 10/11/12

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Tom E. Curran points out some stats that show Tom Brady doesn't mind playing on the road.

Believe it or not, the Patriots quarterback has thrown more touchdown passes (166-142) on the road than at home, thrown for more yards (21,541 to 19,888), completes passes at a higher rate (64.1 to 63.8) and had a higher yards per attempt (7.72).

His road record? Absurd. 57-26. Of course, his home record is even more ridiculous -- 70-13 -- but the point is that a weekend away from Foxboro is not daunting to Brady.

"It's always nice when you take 53 guys on the road and you say, 'This is all we've got and this is all we need and this is what we have to do.' And see 70,000 fans, if you can keep them quiet or turn them on their own team. I think that's an exciting part for road teams, is to see if you can get them booing their own players."

Christopher Price gives us one NFC scout's breakdown of Patriots-Seahawks. Run defense is key for both teams.

"The Patriots have to control the line of scrimmage and gang tackle to stop Marshawn Lynch. He is a relentless and physical runner. The Seahawks have to and are going to run the football -- they need to run the football to make the play-action pass and the athletic ability of the quarterback a viable option. They must also cover up the passing windows by getting hands up in throwing lanes to affect his vision when he is in the pocket. When he gets outside the pocket, they must mug up on the wide receivers."

"It will be tougher for the Patriots to run the ball on Seattle than it was against the Broncos and Bills. Seattle’s front four is big and physical inside, and their linebackers can run. However, they can be exploited if you can get blockers on them. New England also must be alert for safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor in the run game as well. Both show up there often."

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  • Shalise Manza Young reports the Patriots' re-emphasis on the ground game has made an already-successful offense even more difficult to defend.
  • Karen Guregian notes Peyton Manning threw at CB Alfonzo Dennard at least five times Sunday, but the kid didn’t flinch and Manning never completed a pass.
  • Mike Reiss lists the Patriots practice players of the week for the three wins. Ryan Mallett earned recognition for his work imitating Peyton Manning in practice.
  • Field Yates passes along some quick-hit soundbites from Bill Belichick's Wednesday press conference.
  • Paul Kenyon reports Sunday's game features a rare matchup of the league's No. 1 rated offense against the No. 1 defense.
  • Jeff Howe details the worlds-apart differing coaching styles of Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll.
  • Christopher Price says Bill Belichick and the Patriots are ready to face the noise of Seattle.
  • Field Yates notes Tom Brady is looking forward to playing in a new stadium, and hoping to quiet the hometown crowd.
  • Mary Paoletti notes Deion Branch views his return to Seattle as a business trip.
  • Christopher Price notes Pete Carroll sees no other team in the NFL playing with the same approach, philosophy and tempo as the Patriots.
  • Tom E. Curran reports the Patriots had five players in for workouts on Tuesday, including WR Legedu Naanee.
  • Bill Reynolds understands but laments the secretive nature of Bill Belichick's Patriots.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Brandon Spikes is jacked up for Sunday's test against premier RB Marshawn Lynch; Aaron Hernandez practiced yesterday which might be a good sign for his availability against the Seahawks; After this weekend, the only stadium Tom Brady will not have played in is in San Francisco; Patriots had pre-draft conversations with QB Russell Wilson.
  • Michael Vega Patriots Notebook: Bill Belichick is impressed by the size and physicality of Seattle’s secondary; Deion Branch is looking forward to playing against his former team; Zoltan Mesko's "bottom-feeder" numbers are deceiving; Practice participation update.

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