Seahawks vs. Panthers NFL Week 5 Preview

By Jake Coburn
Seattle Seahawks - Russell Wilson

The Seattle Seahawks are coming off a terrible performance in a loss last week to the St. Louis Rams but will have to put that behind them quickly as they go on the road to face the Carolina Panthers.

The biggest concern is in the Seahawks offense that has been absent the last two weeks as they come up against a Panthers team that is capable of putting up a lot of points.

The offense will still have to go through the league’s rushing leader in Marshawn Lynch who will have to have a big game on the road to get his team a win. Lynch will have to frequently make it into the secondary and break long runs to keep the Carolina offense off the field.

Along with Lynch, rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has to cut down on the mistakes he makes before he not only loses another game for Seattle, he might also lose his starting job as well.

The Seahawks passing game has been so ineffective that the team has a higher total of rushing yards than passing. Seattle cannot have a successful season by only running the ball nor can they count on their defense to hold every team to under 10 points to win.

The offense needs to come alive against the Panthers especially in the passing game and if Wilson can’t do that this week, it might be time for a switch at the quarterback position.

On the defensive side of this for Seattle, they will have their hands full stopping an explosive offense led by second year quarterback Cam Newton. Newton has the double threat of either throwing the ball or being just as effective tucking it and running for the first down.

The defense will have to be on their toes and always keying on Newton as he makes his first move.

Aside from Newton, the defense will be facing a tough running back in DeAngelo Williams whose speed and agility is enough to put any defense behind him. The Seahawks have the second best run stopping defense in the league but that will be tested this Sunday.

The key to a road victory for Seattle will be getting the offense going after it has been almost nonexistent the last few weeks along with shutting down Newton on the ground and keeping him out of a rhythm. If Wilson can show his leadership and successfully move the ball the Seahawks have great chance to win but if he can’t, there might be a new face under center.

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