Ross Jacobs has been an FFM correspondent on NFL games and NFL Draft matters for the past few years. He is going to be writing up some of his notes on various games he’s watching/studying this year. Typically, he will have written/submitted his work before mine, so this is a look at the same game with different eyes...and you can compare and contrast or find some new takeaways.
2020 Week 2 Analysis: Patriots @ Seahawks (By Ross Jacobs)
-This was a very exciting game, but I don't have a whole lot of takeaways from it. Both teams played very good offense, but couldn't stop anything on defense. The Patriots grabbed an early lead with a pick 6 after a Seattle pass bounced right off a receiver's hands to a Pat's defender. From there it was Seattle that played better overall and mostly controlled the game. The Patriots kept scoring to make it close and had a shot from the one yard line on the last play, but I feel like the Seahawks were definitely the better team and deserved to win.
-Russell Wilson is absolutely on fire, and I love that Seattle finally seems to be letting him throw early and often. Who would have thought that was a recipe for success?
-DK Metcalf gave Stephon Gilmore all he could handle this game. There's a lot of people wondering if Metcalf is emerging as a star, and I'm not sure how I feel just yet. He was certainly pretty impressive, but I haven't seen a “wow!” moment just yet. It may be coming. If I had to take a guess I'd say Metcalf could be a lesser Josh Gordon type receiver, a big, fast deep threat that is going to abuse corners 1-on-1. I don't think he's the next Julio Jones though.
-Give Cam Newton some credit. He's playing really good ball right now. This offense is really working for him. The playaction in particular seems to suit his game more than just straight drop back passing. There are still some occasional miscues, but that's to be expected considering how long he's been in the system. This should just get better and better as the year goes on.
-The problem with the Patriots this year is precisely what I outlined last week. They are going to go as far as their defense will carry them. They'll beat up lesser teams, but they're going to have a hard time hanging with really good offenses. The defense is just missing too many starters from last year, although right now it looks to me like lack of a pass rush is what's hurting them the most.
-Seattle is in a similar position. The defense isn't very good, but the offense is really cooking at the moment. I think they'll struggle against higher pressure teams a bit more, but if they continue to let Russell throw they have a chance. Too many of us have been dying for them to unleash him for years now, and it's a real shame it's taken them this long.
-Both of these teams look like they'll win around 9-10 games or so depending on the schedule. They are ok all-around, and can beat any team on any given day, but they probably aren't going to be major Superbowl threats.
-It's all about the QB for both teams. Cam is eating up all the rushing production for New England rendering his RB's essentially useless for fantasy, and Russell is finally going bombs away. Wilson is in the mix for top QB this year, but I have a feeling he might finish more 3-5 than 1 or 2.
-With Russell cooking up passing game goodness there's plenty of fantasy points to be had, but the trouble is he is so good at finding the open man that it's near impossible to predict who might have a big game. It seems like Metcalf could be settling into that #1 receiver role, so that's something to watch for.
-Good offenses should not fear these defenses in fantasy.