PatsSeahawks: The Pick

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PatsSeahawks: The Pick

On Sunday afternoon, the Patriots will take the field in rainy Seattle, looking to make a statement; looking to further erase the memory of an unfortunate 1-2 start and continue to prove that they are who you thought they were. That theyre legitimate Super Bowl contenders, perhaps even a little better.

The truth is that there are more than a few things working against the Pats this week. Theres the fact that theyve traveled across the country. Theres the fact that Seattle has a tremendous home field advantage and an even better defense. Theres the fact that theyre up against former coach Pete Carroll which on second thought is probably a benefit. But the bottom line is that theres no real shame in losing in Seattle. Not this year, and not ever.

Of course, that won't curb our freak out if the Pats happen to fall, but thankfully, I don't think that will be a problem.

They're are favored by three and a half points on Sunday, which on the surface feels like a sucker's bet. It may be a sucker's bet below the surface, too. But if that's the case, then I guess I'm a sucker.

Yeah, I know. Seattle's defense is imposing and their homefield advantage will be huge. But you can say the same thing about the Baltimore Ravens and the Pats still dropped 30 points on them. But unlike Baltimore, Seattle doesn't have the firepower to keep up the pace. So while it might take the Pats some time to get settled in the uncomfortable atmosphere, they eventually will, at which point they'll leave the Seahawks in their dust.

Final Score: Pats 24, Seattle 10

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Ola Kamara scores twice as Crew beat Revs, 2-0

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Ola Kamara scores twice as Crew beat Revs, 2-0

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ola Kamara scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season and the Columbus Crew beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Sunday night to keep their playoff hopes alive. 

Columbus (7-11-11), which played in the 2015 MLS Cup, is ninth in the Eastern Conference, but only five points behind D.C. United for the final playoff spot. New England (9-13-9) is seventh, one point back. 

In the 42nd minute, Kamara slid a shot through the legs of defender Darrius Barnes and it got past a diving Brad Knighton. Kamara added a penalty-kick goal in the 84th after he was nudged from behind by London Woodberry. 

Kamara has scored five times in the last three games and leads all MLS newcomers for goals scored this season. He trails New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips by five goals for the MLS Golden Boot. 

Revolution forward Kei Kamara made his return to Mapfre Stadium after being traded from the Crew in May.