2. Seattle Seahawks (AWAY – Week 2)
Since Pete Carroll arrived in 2010, the Seahawks have gone 100-59-1 during the regular season. Only the Steelers (102-57-1), Packers (102-56-2), and Patriots (125-35-0) had better overall winning percentages during the past decade (2010-2019).
Part of what has made Seattle so special under Carroll is their dominance at home. The Seahawks have gone 57-23 over the past 10 years while playing at Qwest Field/CenturyLink Field. That translates to a 71.25 winning percentage at home, which trails only the Patriots (84.7%), Ravens (75%), and Packers (74.7%) for the top marks this past decade.
The Patriots and Seahawks have met twice in the regular season during Carroll’s tenure. Both games were wins for Seattle: a narrow 24-23 home win in 2012 and an impressive 31-24 road win in 2016.
Of course, the only meeting that really mattered was the one that came right in the middle of those two: Super Bowl XLIX following the 2014 season. The Patriots famously won that game 28-24 on the heels of Malcolm Butler’s goal-line interception off Russell Wilson.
The all-time series between Seattle and New England is tied at nine games apiece (including the Super Bowl, which was obviously played at a neutral site). The Patriots have hosted the Seahawks 10 times and gone 4-6 in those games. The Seahawks have hosted the Patriots seven times and gone 3-4.
Seattle might not be as dangerous a team as they were back in 2013 when they won a world championship over Denver or in 2014 when they narrowly lost to New England in their second straight Super Bowl appearance, but they’re still a force to be reckoned with under Carroll.
The defense, in particular, isn’t what it used to be, but a strong argument could be made that the offense is better than ever. Or at very least: Russell Wilson is better than ever.
The Patriots should have their hands full with this one.