Panthers vs. Seahawks NFL Week 5 Preview

By Mike Samuels
Kim Klement-US Presswire

The Carolina Panthers will be at home this week in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium facing the Seattle Seahawks and former NC State and Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson.

The Panthers have fallen to a 1-3 record and the Seahawks come in at 2-2. This will be an interesting matchup between two very mobile quarterbacks that have big arms.

The Panthers played well last week against the Atlanta Falcons, but they made too many mental mistakes in the final minutes of the game. All they had to do was hold on to the ball and victory was theirs.

QB Cam Newton and his offense are going to have to do the same types of things that they did last week against the Falcons. Newton needs to utilize his running game with RB DeAngelo Williams and FB Mike Tolbert to open his passing game with weapons, TE Greg Olsen, WR Steve Smith and WR Brandon LaFell. RB Jonathan Stewart also provides solid running coming off the bench.

Defensively FS Haruki Nakamura has to tighten up his defense. He was burned twice last week.  LB Jon Beason and CB Chris Gamble more than likely will not start due to injury. LB Luke Kuechly will have to stay on his game and keep hitting people. Kuechly is probable to move into Beason’s spot in the middle.

CB Captain Munnerlyn might be pulling double duty also running back punts.  WR Armanti Edwards will also be there also.

QB  Wilson and his offense will attempt to continue moving the ball. He has a big weapon in WR Golden Tate, who was involved in the controversial call on the last play against Green Bay. Wilson also has WR Sidney Rice. RB Marshawn Lynch is probable for the game on Sunday.

Defensively CB Marcus Trufant has back issues and is questionable for Sunday. DT Brandon Mebane is probable and DT Jaye Howard is out for Sunday.

If the Panthers plan to make a playoff run this is a must win game.  If they play mistake free football they have a very good chance to win the game.

The key for Seattle to win would be Wilson having a great game. Carolina will give him a run for his money.

Mike Samuels, Carolina Panthers Columnist, Twitter @NFLPANTHER_ROAR and

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