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Patriots vs. Seahawks: How they match up

Patriots vs. Seahawks: How they match up

Patriots pass offense vs. Seahawks pass defense Not a good matchup for the Patriots. The Seahawks get a good pass rush with four players and can drop seven into coverage, allowing the “Legion of Boom” secondary to work its magic. Receiver Brandon LaFell is big and physical, and will have better luck against corner Byron Maxwell than wideout Julian Edelman will against All-Pro Richard Sherman. The most dangerous receiving weapon, and Seattle’s biggest defensive challenge, is tight end Rob Gronkowski. He’ll see a lot of big, thumping safety Kam Chancellor, with the fleet Earl Thomas patrolling the back end. EDGE: Seahawks Patriots run offense vs. Seahawks run...