The Panthers believe they've found a pass rush. Now they just need to shore up their secondary.
Despite Carolina's 12 sacks on the season - including a franchise-record seven against Atlanta last Sunday - the defensive backfield remains an issue.
The Panthers are giving up 259 yards passing a game. And they allowed Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to throw for 369 yards and three touchdowns in a heartbreaking 30-28 loss, including a 59-yard completion to Roddy White to set up the game-winning field goal.
''We need a game where as a collective group where we play four quarters,'' said defensive end Charles Johnson, who had 3 1/2 sacks against the Falcons. ''We need to be good on third-down situations, create turnovers and in the red zone. And we can't give up the big play. Every week it's something different with us.''
They may get just the break they need Sunday when they host not-so-pass-happy Seattle.
Led by rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seahawks rank last in the league...