I think the Panthers will win the game 25-17, Here are my reasons:
The Seahawks have 3 DEs who are not playing. Their defense relies on pressure. Give Cam time and you will lose. To offset the lack of pressure, the Seahawks will send pressure via the LBs and DBs. Cam, on the other hand, is being groomed this week to look away from Steve Smith. Olsen, Lafell, and others will have good games.
Russell Wilson threw the ball fewer than any other NFL QB. When play action is working, he is effective. However, the offseason was not kind to Wilson because his film has been studied. In Carolina, the front 7 is a bit better than last year, something everyone outside of the Carolinas seems to ignore. Take Lynch away from Wilson and let him beat you with his arm. It won't happen.
Panther weaknesses are exaggerated. People are mocking the talent in the secondary. Thomas and Norman were small school standouts so nobody knew how they will be. However, take .4 seconds away from the QB (front 4) and your secondary gets much better.
Special teams. We have a kicker who seems to have resolved his accuracy issues and can hit a FG from 65 if needed and a returner who can score from anywhere in 10 seconds or less.
Seattle has Percy Harvin on the shelf and oft-injured Sidney Rice is banged up. Are Tate and Kearse going to beat us? No more than Lafell and Ginn (WR) are going to beat Seattle. The chemistry issues between Wilson and these young WRs there will surface under Hardy pressure.
I PRAY that we were holding back offensively during the preseason. Seattle has no way of knowing what to expect from us offensively.
While Seattle feels entitlement, the Panthers are feeling desperation. They are playing and coaching for jobs.
Seattle hosts SF next week. The Panthers travel to Buffalo. Could they be looking to Week 2?