PORTLAND, Ore. — (KOIN) Roughing the kicker. Unnecessary roughness. Playing until the whistle is blown. Football fans have heard from both the Buffalo Bills and the Seattle Seahawks about the controversial play Monday night, during which Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman jumped offside in an attempt to block a field goal and plowed straight through Bills kicker Dan Carpenter.
Sherman was not flagged on the play, but according to ESPN the league has slapped him with a $9,000 fine. It’s doubtful Sherman will care. He’s one of the most outspoken and brash players in the league. That’s what makes him so good.
Sherman and the Seahawks now turn their attention to the top team in the AFC, the New England Patriots. If they play the way they did against Buffalo on Monday night, they could be in some serious trouble. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll is looking for some way to kick start his stagnant running game. The Seahawks managed just 33 yards on 12 carries. But a closer look shows Seattle’s running backs accounted for just ten yards on eight carries. “We’re not happy with the whole thing. The running game isn’t where we need it. There isn’t any one aspect. We just need to do better in general and we’ve been talking about this a long time and we need to get something done here” Carroll said during his Wednesday news conference.
Playing at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro is always a tough proposition, but showing up as one-dimensional as the Seahawks have been lately could make for a long day for Seattle’s defense. The unit struggled on Monday night, especially on third down. “If you look, we’ve had 13 third or two or less in the last two weeks. That’s really hard to win like you’d like to on third down. We have to play better ball in earlier downs and then we just got to get off when we have a chance” Carroll said.
Seattle’s inconsistency on third down has led to several opponent drives of ten or more plays. “You just got to tackle well, be ready for quick passes and the occasional shot. He’s very creative on the way he manipulates the defense. He does a great job with his eyes” said Sherman when asked about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
The Patriots are 7-1 on the season. In just four games, Brady has thrown 12 touchdown passes and no interceptions.