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New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks, October 14, 2012: Fan Preview

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The matchup between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks will at the very least be a very interesting game. Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady has the passing game under control while the have a quality running back in Stevan Ridley getting the job done on the ground. Their defense has been adequate.

On the flip side the Seattle defense is arguably the best in the league but has an offense led by a rookie quarterback who has been average on a good day. Seattle has been especially difficult at home having defeated the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers at home. A win against New England would certainly have them thinking "playoffs" if they could get their offense in check.

Ultimately this is a matchup that either team can legitimately win, however the advantage still rests with the Patriots. The Seattle defense obviously good and CenturyLink Field is loud, but New England is a very talented balanced offense. It will be a fight to score points, but they will come. Unfortunately for Seattle, they simply do not have the offense talent that would make them a premier team. While the old adage states "defense wins ball games" reality states offense scores points and those who score the most points, win.

The matchup:

The New England Patriots will take on the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field located in Seattle, Wash. on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 4:05 p.m. EDT.

The standings:

New England enters the contest with a 3-2 record and in first place in the AFC East. They are 2-1 when playing on the road and are 2-1 against AFC teams this season.

Denver enters the contest with a 3-2 record and in fourth place in the NFC West. They are 2-0 when playing at home and are 0-0 against AFC teams this season.

The series:

The regular season all-time series record stands at 8-7-0-0 in favor of the Patriots.

Where to watch:

The game will be televised on the CBS network. Check your local television listings for broadcasts in your area.

Medical Watch: (PUP-physically unable to perform, IR-injured reserve, O-out, D-doubtful, Q-questionable, P-probable).

New England: Myron Pryor (shoulder, PUP), Jake Ballard (knee, PUP), Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring, IR), Spencer Larsen (undisclosed, IR), Will Allen (undisclosed, IR), Dane Fletcher (knee, IR), Brad Herman (Achilles, IR), Jeff Demps (leg, IR), Josh Barrett (undisclosed, IR), Jamey Richard (concussion, IR), Tracy White (foot, O), Steve Gregory (hip, O), Markus Zusevics (pectoral, O), Wes Welker (ankle, Q), Shane Vareen (foot, Q), Nick McDonald (shoulder, Q), Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion, Q), Dont'a Hightower (hamstring, Q), Logan Mankins (hip/calf, Q), Justin Francis (ankle, Q), Sebastian Vollmer (back/knee, Q), Sterling Moore (knee, Q), Brandon Bolden (knee, Q), Rob Gronkowski (hip, Q), Julian Edelman (hand, Q), Brandon Deaderick (ankle, Q), Aaron Hernandez (ankle, Q), Kyle Love (knee, P).

Seattle: Walter Thurmond (leg, PUP), Dexter Davis (hip, IR), Cameron Morrah (undisclosed, IR), John Moffitt (knee, O), Jaye Howard (foot, O), Clinton McDonald (groin, D), Marshawn Lynch (back, P), Max Unger (hip, P).

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Paul Rados is an avid New England Patriots fan and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @PSRados.

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