Week 10: Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots Picks & Predictions

Check out which team the national media is picking to win this weekend's game between the Seahawks and Patriots.


Seattle (5-2-1) hits the primetime stage for a second week in a row, this time traveling to New England for a matchup with the AFC East-leading Patriots (7-1).

The Seahawks and Patriots have split the previous 16 regular-season meetings, with Seattle getting the win in the most-recent contest, a 24-23 victory in October 2012 at CenturyLink Field. New England, of course, topped the Seahawks the last time the two teams met, earning a 28-24 victory in Super Bowl XLIX to cap the 2014 season.

The Seahawks hold a 48-28-1 record in primetime games, a 19-13-1 record on Sunday night, and a 16-3-1 record in primetime games under head coach Pete Carroll. The club will look to improve on all those marks this weekend, with kickoff set for 5:30 p.m. PT on Sunday, November 13 at Gillette Stadium and national television coverage on NBC (channel 5 in Seattle).

Here's a look around the web at which side the national media is picking to win in Week 10:

Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com calls Sunday night's game the Seahawks' biggest challenge of the season, predicting a 27-24 Patriots win, "The Seahawks are in a tough spot here. They have to fly cross-country following a Monday night game, while the Patriots are coming off of a bye. Seattle's defense has played 244 snaps in the past three weeks, more than any team in the league. Getting off the field has been an issue as the Seahawks rank 26th in third-down defense. Offensively, their identity is changing, and Russell Wilson's arm might have to carry Seattle in a shootout. The Seahawks have held a lead or been within one score in the fourth quarter of 96 straight games, but this is their biggest challenge of the season."

Mike Reiss at ESPN.com sees a 23-16 New England win, "The Seahawks haven't lost a game by more than 10 points in the past five seasons, which reflects a level of physical and mental toughness that has earned the respect of Bill Belichick & Co. The 2012 game between the teams was a gem, with Wilson leading Seattle to 14 points in the final 7:21 in a 24-23 win. Similar to that game, this one should come down to the fourth quarter."

Chris Burke at SI.com says Seattle will have to be near perfect to win, predicting a 30-24 victory for New England, "This will be the best defense Tom Brady has faced since his return from suspension, and one that could because of scheme and personnel have a shot vs. the Martellus Bennett-Rob Gronkowski combo. But who knows where the Patriots will go. Two weeks of preparation left Bill Belichick a long time to game plan for this one. Watchability index: 10. The Seahawks could put to rest any concerns about their chances by winning in Foxborough. They'll have to be near perfect."

Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com has New England winning by 10, 27-17, "The Seahawks face a bad combination this week. It's a short week after a Monday night game with a long trip to face the league's best team coming off a bye. Good luck with that. The Patriots were rolling on offense before the bye and that will continue here. They will use a ton of quick short, passes to beat the Seahawks."

Peter Schrager at FOXSports.com thinks cornerback Richard Sherman will come up with a big play in a 27-24 Seahawks win, "Are these the two defining teams of this generation? Consider this: Since 2012, the Patriots have the NFL's No. 1 scoring offense (29.9 ppg), and the Seahawks have the NFL's No. 1 scoring defense (allowing 15.8 ppg). They've won two of the past three Super Bowls, and there are more personalities on each roster than most teams have had in their entire histories. The Seahawks offensive line is truly an area of concern, but I think they find a way to shock the Patriots in Foxboro. This won't make up for the way Super Bowl 49 finished, but it will do wonders in the NFC playoff picture. Richard Sherman has had as much success against Tom Brady as any other cornerback in the league. I think he finds a way to make a big play in this one, too."

Get to know the faces of the New England Patriots' offensive and defensive units heading into the team's Week 10 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks.

Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.com has the Patriots winning 33-20, "In the best game of the week, I look for New England to make a statement that it's the best team in the NFL."

Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com also has the Patriots winning, 27-20, "The Seahawks are finding their groove, and a win over the Patriots would be symbolic and potent and potentially the catalyst for another Super Bowl run. The only problem is that the Patriots are too good, too consistent, too relentless to fall victim to a team that may see again in Houston."

Elliot Harrison at NFL.com trusts the Patriots to win, 30-20, "Supposedly the Patriots didn't have full-time plans for Jamie Collins. OK, cool. So who performs his various duties now that he's in Cleveland? Who is going to check Jimmy Graham, or occasionally rush the passer in his stead? The reason I ask is because Graham is heating up, while Russell Wilson still seems not as mobile as we're used to. I trust New England here, though. The Pats, after all, are 96-24 in Weeks 9-16 since 2001. Good grief."

David Steele at Sporting News has New England coming away with a 31-27 win, "It doesn't hurt the Patriots that they come off a bye and play at home against a West Coast team that played on Monday night. It does pose a problem that Russell Wilson is playing this well while both injured and lacking any serious rushing game. It's not blasphemous to say that Jimmy Graham is playing tight end lately as well as Rob Gronkowski is."

Danny O'Neil at 710Sports.com predicts a 34-24 Patriots win, "The Seahawks haven't been this big of an underdog since they went on the road to play San Francisco in Week 6 of 2012, which was Russell Wilson's rookie year. Since that season, Seattle has lost only two games by more than eight points: a nine-point loss at San Diego in Week 2 of 2014 and a 10-point loss in Green Bay in Week 2 last year. New England is coming off a bye while the Seahawks played on Monday night in a game that went down to the very final minute. Everything adds up to a fairly convincing win for New England, but the Seahawks are the team that will bring more emotion into this game. Not only that, the Seahawks are a team that thrives on their emotion. Will it be enough on the road against the team considered by most to be the best in the league?"

All five writers at USA Today are taking the Patriots to win.

Seven of eight analysts at CBSSports.com have New England coming out on top.

Eight of nine experts at ESPN.com are picking the Patriots to win.

The Seahawks currently lead the all-time regular season record, going 9-8 in 17 matchups. They'll look to make it double digit victories on Sunday Night Football this Sunday, September 20 at CenturyLink Field. Game Center

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