Tomorrows game in Carolina versus the Panthers needs to be a turning point for the Seahawks. Seattle has managed to start the season off evenly at 2-2, and it’s time they start to blend together and tally up some wins.
Carolina has an explosive offense led by and electrical Cam Newton. Coming off of his rookie season last year, Newton is trying to prove it wasn’t a fluke, and he really belongs in Carolina. So far this season, Newton is off to a pretty good start. He has completed 68 passes on 107 attempts for 1013 yards, 4 of those going for touchdowns. Newton has also managed to throw 5 picks so far this year. Those stats aren’t too far off of what Russell Wilson in Seattle has manage to accomplish. Wilson has connected 60 times out of 100, amassing 594 yards, 4 TD’s and 4 interceptions. Both quarterbacks are mobile and can escape out of the pocket at any given time, making them both dual threats in or out of the pocket.
The Seahawks running game has been outstanding so far this year, as Marshawn Lynch is leading the NFL in yardage gained. Lynch has gained 423 yards on 92 carries. Russell Wilson, Robert Turbin, Leon Washington, and Michael Robinson all fill out the running core in Seattle, which has gained an average of 150.8 yards a game. In Carolina, DeAngelo Williams has been leading the way when Cam Newton isn’t running the ball, and leads the team with 167 yards on 42 carries. Carolina is averaging about 122 yards a game on the ground.
When Newton is firing the ball down the field, his favorite target is Steve Smith. Smith has caught the ball 17 times for 348 yards. Golden Tate(7 catches 113 yards)and Sidney Rice(12 catches 132 yards) are the top receivers in Seattle.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers has managed to pick off 3 passes, and sack the opposing QB 12 times. The Seahawks have managed to also pick off 3 passes, and they have sacked the other QB 12 times. Weird almost how identical these two teams really are. The Panthers have only forced 2 fumbles, where the Seahawks have forced 5 themselves.
All in all the Panthers and the Seahawks have played 5 different times. The Seahawks are leading the way with 3 wins, although all three of those wins were in Seattle. The two games that have been played in Carolina, Seattle has lost both of those games. The Seahawks are notoriously bad on east coast games. Pete Carroll has plans to change that, and he shipped off with the team on friday to get an early jump on things.
The Seahawks are getting a jump-start on their plans leaving early for Carolina. Hoping they pull out their first win of the season on the road against a 1-3 Carolina Panthers. Seattle has managed to stifle most of the opposing offenses and held it close for the offense to seize the opportunity. The two games Seattle has lost, the offense has been marching and put the ball into play for points. If the Seahawks are looking for a run at the playoffs, they have to fix that. Closing this game out should be the only thing on Pete Carroll’s mind right now.