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Keys to Victory - Seahawks at Panthers

Oct 03 2012 07:04 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
After a much improved game against the Falcons, fans are wondering which Panthers team will show up on Sunday. I am not ready to give up on this 1-3 team But lets face it, Seattle is also 1-3 team. Lets not count their win against Greenbay and the worst officiating call in years.

This is a very winnable game, here is how.

The Seahawks have a fantastic running back in Marshawn Lynch. Lynch is leading the league in rushing yards per game at 105. Throw in the fact that the Panthers run defense ranks 25th in the league will be trying to stop him and you can pretty much assume Marshawn will run for over 100 yards on Sunday..... but that's ok!

Lynch ran for 118 yards against St Louis, and lost the game 19-13. However, he only ran 20 times.

The Seahawks trailed the entire second half of the game. Once the Seahawks are playing from behind and forced to throw the ball, they put the game in the hands of their 5'10 rookie QB. (He is listed at 5'11 but that's being generous). That QB threw 3 picks last Sunday.

So this week the Panthers job is to make the Seahawks play from behind.

Seattle allows the second fewest points and yards in the NFL. YIkes,

Taking a closer look, their weakness appears to be stopping third down conversions, where they rank 24th in the league.

To win this game, the Panthers must put themselves in manageable 3rd down situations and do what they have not been good at so far this season, convert them. Firstly, this means play a perfect game in terms of penalties. Holding calls and false starts will definitely lose this game for us. Secondly, you are not going to go sideline to sideline on this group rushing the ball. They have the speed to shut down the option. Oh, and the wildcat? Tear it out of the playbook and burn it.

Play them straight up and win the battle in the trenches. A healthy Jonathan Stewart should be able to pick up some yards in this game. I don't expect Deangelo to do much against them unfortunately.

In short, the offense must take a slow methodical approach in this game. Field goals can beat this offensively inept Seahawks team, a big change from playing the Saints, Giants, and Falcons. There won't be many home run 20+ yard plays. Run the ball and complete underneath passes that the defense gives you. Yes, I know this goes completely against Chudzinski's philosophy, but I for one am hoping he will make this one game exception.

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Carroll (in todays Seattle paper) saying he's sticking with Wilson for the start Sunday, over Matt Flynn....which means gobs of people wearing NCSU shirts pulling for the 'Hawks.....Hope I'm wrong. Cats are pizzed.....

Carolina 31
Seattle 17
#1 Key To Victory.......

GO FOR IT WHEN THE FUGGIN GAME IS ON THE LINE!!!!!!!

Carroll (in todays Seattle paper) saying he's sticking with Wilson for the start Sunday, over Matt Flynn....which means gobs of people wearing NCSU shirts pulling for the 'Hawks.....Hope I'm wrong. Cats are pizzed.....

Carolina 31
Seattle 17

i got this little suspicion that at the last moment flynn will get the ok to start....or if things aren't going their way that wilson will get pulled and flynn will step in.
i'm not really crazy about that at all but we really don't have a good record against backup or replacement QBs.

#1 Key To Victory.......

GO FOR IT WHEN THE FUGGIN GAME IS ON THE LINE!!!!!!!



And if we didnt make that 4th &1, what would've been said. We put them on the one yard line. The odds were against the Falcons getting down field.

And if we dudnt make that 4th &1, what would've been said. We put them on the one yard line. The odds were against the Falcons of getting down field.

what was the guarantee that we would put them on the 1?

next sunday is going to be a 3 hour long marshawn lynch highlight reel.


from rotoworld...

Coach Pete Carroll said Marshawn Lynch "continues to just be rock solid for us."

So far, the Seahawks are thrilled with their $31 million investment. Due in part to an inept passing game, they've run the ball 56 percent of the time overall and 66 percent on first downs. Despite that predictability, Lynch is averaging a healthy 4.59 yards per carry and leads the league in rushing yards. He figures to pad his stats in a dream matchup against the Panthers Sunday.


some of you have way too much faith in stopping a guy who's only goal is to not be stopped.

what was the guarantee that we would put them on the 1?



There wasn't. But if you don't make the converion, you would be giving them the ball near mid-field. If you punt they have to drive farther with less time. Hindsight is 20/20. Looking back on the result we souldve went for it. But if we would've went for it and didn't make it, everyone would be screaming we should've punted.

from rotoworld...



some of you have way too much faith in stopping a guy who's only goal is to not be stopped.

what does his goal have to do with anything?

what does his goal have to do with anything?


as if there are any running backs who have a goal of being stopped anyway.

And if we didnt make that 4th &1, what would've been said. We put them on the one yard line. The odds were against the Falcons getting down field.


Your saying our 6'5" QB cant get 1 yard? Quit playing the what if game...... When you need a win, the ball shouldnt be in the other teams hands.
lynch is leading the league in rushing yardage but is 2nd in the league in carries. 4.6 yards per carry, but 4.0 or less in two of them.

point is, with that many carries he should have that many yards.

even with that...he's pretty much their whole offense. the damage he can do is minimal if the panthers offense is clicking and the defense shuts down at least wilson and the passing game and there is nothing scary about that passing game.
Week 1, "Vincent Jakcson" is gonna burn us". Wrong.

Week 2, "Jimmy Graham is going to be dunking on our goal post all day". Only did it once.

Week 3, everyone got burnt.

Week 4, "Julio Jones is gonna but rape Josh Norman's little anus LOL" Wrong.

Week 5, "Marshawn Lynch won't be stopped cuz it's his goal!"
I'm sure somwhere in the Seattle Tacoma metro area there's Seahawks fans saying: "Man..Carolinas going to be out for blood. After what happened in Atlanta, they'll be unstoppable!".....And so it goes. BTW we stop Lynch, we stop the 'Hawks.
Everyone knocks the Seahawks win against GB because of the officials, yet fail to mention how tough the Seattle defense is. They were all over Rogers that game and IIRC they 8+ sacks. They held that offense to 12 freaking points and Seattle has the best secondary you've never heard of.

Seattle 17
Panthers 13
We had one decent game in run D against Doug Martin...we've been getting completely gashed by average running backs...Michael turner averaged 8 yards a carry and he's supposed to be washed up
Guys I hate break it to y'all but they aren't going to stop Lynch. What on earth makes u believe that they will?

Let Lynch get his just don't let anyone else beat you. Defense has to get turnovers in this game or it will be another long week for the huddle and the Fire Rivera list grows longer.

Everyone knocks the Seahawks win against GB because of the officials, yet fail to mention how tough the Seattle defense is. They were all over Rogers that game and IIRC they 8+ sacks. They held that offense to 12 freaking points and Seattle has the best secondary you've never heard of.

Seattle 17
Panthers 13



Very possible, unfortunately
yeah, but everyone has been all over rodgers this season. That packers o-line is in shambles.
That Seattle defense is insanely good. Holding the Packer to 12 points is one thing, but they've been consistently good all season really.

They allow:
14.5 ppg (2nd)
275.8 ypg (2nd)
213 passing ypg (9th)
62.8 rushing ypg (2nd)

Luckily their offense is WELL BELOW average (bottom 5). Really all we need to do is stop Lynch and spy on Wilson a little bit. Easier said than done considering our run defense is the worst in the league imo.

Also I heard that Nakamura is starting :/ not sure how I feel about that.

Everyone knocks the Seahawks win against GB because of the officials, yet fail to mention how tough the Seattle defense is. They were all over Rogers that game and IIRC they 8+ sacks. They held that offense to 12 freaking points and Seattle has the best secondary you've never heard of.

Seattle 17
Panthers 13


The Seahawks have yet to face a QB like Newton.

P.S. Carolina's D had 7 sacks against a pretty good Falcon O line.

Carolina 31
Seattlel 17
Yeah, official Panthers twitter says Martin isn't starting and Nakamura will be.

https://twitter.com/Panthers
Been reading online that the Wilson hype is fading and there is sentiment to start Flynn.

Wilson will probably have a breakout game here.
Their QB is 5'10

D-Line just needs to get their hands up, make it hard for him to see the passing lanes. If we don't get at least two picks sunday it will be a travesty.,

The Seahawks have yet to face a QB like Newton.

P.S. Carolina's D had 7 sacks against a pretty good Falcon O line.

Carolina 31
Seattlel 17


Lol look what they did to Rogers.

All it will take us for Cam to throw a pick and that's ball game.

Lol look what they did to Rogers.

All it will take us for Cam to throw a pick and that's ball game.


I agree. Cam has got to take care of the ball in this game. I think it's honestly going to be a game of possessions. Got to stop Lynch, get pressure on Wilson, and we CANNOT turn the ball over.