NEPD Staff Writer: Joon Lee
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Question for this weeks Twitter mailbag:
@DanMcG82: @iamjoonlee What’s going on with Ras-I Dowling? Can he really be worse than Arrington has been to this point?
This exact question has really puzzled me, as I talked about in the the first NEPD Google Plus Hangout/Podcast.
Kyle Arrington has been very unimpressive to me all season and has been since training camp. Arrington is consistently beat by wide receivers. Arrington’s interception total last season is a mirage, the majority of them came during unimportant times in the game and were unimportant to the outcome of the game.
Arrington has consistently not looked good this season and Dowling has still sat on the bench. To add to this, Sterling Moore has been very inconsistent this season as well. Last week, it became apparent that even rookie Alfonzo Dennard was above Dowling in the depth chart. While Dennard has a lot of potential, it really surprised me that Dowling was still on the bench. Dowling isn’t injured and he is a big physical corner, something that the Patriots do not have in the secondary at the moment.
I have no answer for you as to why Dowling isn’t playing. I’ve been clamoring for Dowling to get more playing time for weeks.
Let’s Take a Look at This Week’s Injury Report
Out: Safety Steve Gregory (hip), Linebacker Tracy White (foot) Questionable: Running back Brandon Bolden (knee), Defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick (ankle) , Wide receiver Julian Edelman (hand), Defensive lineman Justin Francis (ankle), Tight end Rob Gronkowski (hip), Tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle), Linebacker Dont’a Hightower (hamstring), Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion), Left guard Logan Mankins (calf/hip), Offensive lineman Nick McDonald (shoulder), Cornerback Sterling Moore (knee), Running back Shane Vereen (foot), Tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back/knee), Wide receiver Wes Welker (ankle), Probable: Defensive tackle Kyle Love (knee)
Safety Steve Gregory is out for the second straight week. Expect to see more of rookie Tavon Wilson, who has looked awfully impressive thus far. The pick of Wilson was widely panned by many draft analysts, but Wilson has been an excellent safety in the Patriots secondary. Expect running back Brandon Bolden, Rob Gronkowski, Dont’a Hightower to play in the game on Sunday. Also expect Aaron Hernandez to slowly get back into the game plan against the Seahawks.
This will be the toughest task for the offense this season. The Seattle Seahawks defense is especially tough. The offensive lines will have a huge task at hand with one of the toughest defensive lines in the league and a very big and physical secondary that will give challenge to Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker.
On the bright side, Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are duds. This is a team that brought in Terrell Owens to try out for their team in training camp. While Russell Wilson may become a good quarterback in the future, he isn’t a good one right now, especially with the fact that he has no weapons to throw to. It will be crucial for the Seahawks to get Marshawn Lynch going against the Patriots for the Seahawks to have any sort of offensive success.
The keys to the Patriots will be for the Patriots to stop Lynch and to chop down against the tough Seattle Defense.
Prediction: 21-13 Patriots