By Jeremiah Delgado
Well, the election is finally over and whether you are happy with the results or not things can go back to normal for now. The NFL is hoping for that after seeing their ratings plummet week after week and this week’s Sunday Night Football game could actually save their ratings this season.
Sunday’s matchup will feature a rematch of one of the most exciting Super Bowls of all time. The New England Patriots are going to take on the Seattle Seahawks in Foxborough, MA and it’ll be filled with plenty of subplot.
The first being what will the ratings look like now that the election is over. The signs have been pointing to the election as reason for these poor ratings and we can all finally see if that is the case or if it’s just the NFL pointing fingers.
It just so happens that this rematch will take place on the same network that got the call during Super Bowl 49 and the same announcers will be calling the action. NBC is going to play host to this matchup with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth getting the call. We have all seen the replay of the infamous interception by Malcom Butler, but just for good measure here it is one more time.
The chess match between Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick is going to be a fun one to watch as these two coaches are truly polar opposites with two teams that play different styles of football.
The Seahawks like to physically beat up on their opponent with hard hits on defense and bruising runs on offense. New England likes to bend but not break on defense and finesse on offense.
After a loud Monday night game, Richard Sherman will look to be even louder against Tom Brady. His fingerprints were all over the game against the Buffalo Bills and he’ll get some help in the secondary with Kam Chancellor returning to action for the game.
Russell Wilson is coming off of his best game of the season posting 282 passing yards with three total touchdowns and that should be encouraging for the offense because they are going to have to keep Brady off the field. This is going to be a different game from the last time they played because there are a few different players on each side, or lack there of.
The Seahawks have now become a more pass-heavy team with the addition of Jimmy Graham. Doug Baldwin has turned into one of the best receivers in the league, but the offensive line for Seattle is abysmal and there is no Marshawn Lynch to help out a struggling running game.
New England just got rid of Jamie Collins and before the season got rid of Chandler Jones. Their front-seven will look vastly different from the last time these two teams met. And of course, the Patriots will now have Martellus Bennett joining Rob Gronkowski at tight end.
The Patriots also look like they are on a mission to embarrass every single team in the league. Their offense is clicking on all cylinders and is going to be tough to stop even for this defense, especially if Brady can keep up his interception-less season.
In summary, this game is going to be a contender for game of the year on paper. The NFL better hope it does not somehow flip the other way around and turn into a disappointment on national television. This might be the last shot the league has to get their ratings right.
Jeremiah Delgado is a fan of the Jets, Yankees and Knicks. He doubts he will, but hopes to live long enough to see the Jets or the Knicks win a championship.
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