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Keys to Victory - Seahawks at Panthers

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You know what really scares me about this game?

The read option will work and it probably will against Dallas, which means it'll continue to be the base point of our offense

I'm not sure it's going to work as well as you think. Their defense is pretty quick, they'll be able to make up ground fast and it'll make their job stopping the option easier.

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Agree with everything Zod, If we stop: Marshawn Lynch and get an early lead, I think we can pull this one out.

I don't expect Cam to have a big day passing, but he could have a huge day rushing, seeing that every pass play everyone will be blanketed (great secondary) and he will already be on the move (great pass rush)

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cam makes the wildcat completely unnecessary.

we have never been good at it. i really don't understand why now we insist on running it.

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I keep thinking they're trying to set up a pass play to Cam to get him on the edge against much smaller DBs, but they never do it.

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i'm not even all that worried about lynch. i think he'll run all over us, but that's all they have.

we just need to get out ahead of them by more than one TD and then just kick FGs.

get ahead and then just swarm their midget QB and shut him down.

seahawks have an offense that can't come back from a real deficit.

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cam makes the wildcat completely unnecessary.

we have never been good at it. i really don't understand why now we insist on running it.

I've gotten to the point that I facepalm every time I see that stupid formation. If we never ran it again I wouldn't be upset.

Takes the ball out of our best playmaker's hands and we rarely do anything spectacular.

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i guess the only thing that worries me about the seahawks is their defense.

if our offense is clicking, though, it will be more than able to get a decent enough lead that the seahawks can't come back from.

their defense looks kind of stingy against the run. 3ypa and they've only allowed 2 rushing TDs all year, but teams haven't been running on them all that much. 21 carries per game on average so far but they have played teams that just aren't all that good at running the ball and who just don't do it that much so i think a lot of that is just they haven't been challenged much against the run.

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The read option works in college for two reasons:

1. All but the very top 10% of college players are far slower than their NFL counterparts.

2. The hash marks in college are farther apart (40' between) and the wide side of the field is much larger, allowing for more room to extend the play. NFL hashmarks are so much closer (18'6" between) to the center of the field that an overload rarely works- it's difficult to go unbalanced, and the read option requires an unbalanced blocking scheme- someone needs to pull.

The read option will not work against the Seachickens- their defense is very fast, even more so than the rest of the league where the read option is quickly becoming the Panthers achilles heel.

Marshawn Lynch gets stronger as the game goes on and is very well known and respected for usually getting more yards late than early in games. Only if they're behind does his running take a back seat, but if they need to kill clock, he's the workhorse that will pound out first down after first down.

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for all the fear about lynch, i know he was a TD beast last year but this year he's only gotten into the endzone twice and he is the extent of all their rushing TDs.

he may pile on the yardage but even at that, it's because he's got a poo-ton of carries so far. he hasn't had less than 20 carries in a game, but he's only had over 5 ypa once and that was last week against the rams. also one of his TDs came last week against them, but they had already let 5 other rushing TDs happen prior to that.

against green bay he only got 3.9 ypa (and they are 4.4 ypa on average) and against zona he only got 4.0 ypa.

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Lynch's stat line against our 2010 defense

Lynch Car 21 Yds 83 Avg 4.0 td 3 lg 22

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