In my story today, Seattle tight end Zach Miller is finally being used more in the Seahawks passing game this season. Miller is second on the team with 12 catches for 150 yards through five games.
He finished with a career-low 25 catches in 2011 – his first in Seattle –after averaging 57 catches a season his first four years in the league with Oakland.
“Some of it is getting out in the pass game more,” Miller said of his re-emergence. “Some of it is just kind of developing a relationship with Russell and him finding me. And we have another year in the offense, so that’s helped as well, too.”
Former NFL linebacker Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle writes that the Seahawks defense will face another tough test with Tom Brady coming to town. Wyman: “A lot of questions will be answered on Sunday. But remember this, Seahawks fans: even the 2000 Ravens defense hit a few road blocks. That season, that defense that led Baltimore and its 16th-ranked offense to a Super Bowl title gave up 421 yards to the Jaguars and 524 yards to the Jets. If Brady does get loose on this defense, I promise you the sky won’t fall.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune, Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times and KJR’s Hugh Miller and Mitch Levy discuss Seattle’s upcoming contest against New England in this audio link.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com checks in with rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin, who’s using his life experience to reach out to at-risk youth in the Seattle area going through similar experiences.
ESPN’s Mike Sando notes that Seattle offensive tackle Russell Okung is tied for the second-most penalties in the league with seven, while Breno Giacomini is tied for fourth with six.
Doug Kretz of Scouts Inc. previews the Seattle-New England matchup. He believes that the Patriots will crowd the box and force Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson to beat them through the air. He also expects a key positional battle to be New England receivers Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker against Seattle’s corners. Kretz takes New England, 27-24. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss and former New England linebacker Tedy Bruschi take a blow-by-blow look at the Seahawks-Patriots contest. Bruschi likes the Patriots in a rout, 30-13, while Reiss goes with a hotly-contested 23-20 New England win.