Ten Facts You Should Know About the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The Seahawks have played the Panthers five times in the last four years, and are 4-1 in those games
These two teams have largely been made up of the same players over the past four years, and have clashed almost as often as division foes during that time. More relevant than any game the Panthers played against the rest of the NFL, or the game the Seahawks just played against the Vikings, is how these two teams have fared when facing each other. Seattle has been the Panthers’ nemesis.
Carolina has played just 4 teams with winning records this year, and two of those teams were 9-7 (Houston, Washington)
Amassing 15 wins against any level of NFL competition is a terrific accomplishment. Still, the Panthers played the fourth-weakest schedule in the league this year, per TeamRankings.com. Give Seattle six games against the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers instead of the Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers, and make Carolina play in the NFC West, and the two teams records would probably be identical. The best teams the Panthers played this year were the Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans and Washington Redskins. Facing that kind of schedule and then having to face a team as talented and proven as the Seattle in the playoffs is going to be a little playing catch with your dad, and then having Randy Johnson take his place.
The Seahawks were without Bobby Wagner, Jordan Hill, Frank Clark, Jeremy Lane, Marcus Burley, and Brock Coyle in the first game
The team that will travel to Carolina will be different than the team the Panthers faced in October. Six players, including All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner and starting corner Jeremy Lane, did not play against the Panthers in the last game. K.J. Wright was forced to play out of position at middle linebacker, and Kevin Pierre-Loius started at Wright’s customary weakside spot. How well did that go? Pierre-Louis did not get more than 13 snaps in a game the rest of the year, including games when other starting linebackers were hurt. The team turned to Mike Morgan instead. Marcus Burley is probably the least impactful of the players who were absent before, and he is still a great special teams player and sometimes nickel corner. Brock Coyle is such a key special teams player that the team used their injured reserve with designation to return later slot on him this year.
Bruce Irvin has 7 sacks in 4 career games against Cam Newton and the Panthers, including 2 sacks this year
Over 25% of Bruce Irvin’s career sacks have come against Cam Newton. In fact, he has had at least 2.0 sacks in every game against Carolina except for the playoff game last year when he had just one.
Cary Williams does not play for Seattle anymore
Go back and watch the fourth quarter of the Panthers comeback against Seattle. Newton wisely found a weakness in the defense with the name “Williams” on his jersey, and targeted him relentlessly. That crack in the defensive foundation has been patched and sealed. Since removing Cary Williams from the team, the Seahawks have allowed just a 64.6 passer rating to opposing QBs after allowing 87.4 before.
The Panthers are missing two of their top three CBs
Charles Tillman and Bene Benwikere are both out for the rest of the year due to injury. Tillman was lost in the very last game of the season and Benwikere was lost in mid-December. Cortland Finnegan and Robert McClain step in. Both were street free agents a few weeks ago. The chances for communication breakdowns in the secondary are increased when adding this many new players to the mix this late in the season.
Carolina has played only one game this year where they failed to force a turnover, and that was against Seattle
The Panthers are tops in the league in turnover differential, powered largely by their sizable lead in takeaways. They have done a terrific job at taking the ball from opponents and giving their offense a short field, which has led to many of their blowouts. Seattle is among the best in the league at protecting the ball, and was the only team to keep the Panthers from feasting on turnovers this year.
Cam Newton’s passer rating after 3 quarters in the first game was 15.5
The man who is almost certain to win the MVP trophy was 8-21 (38%) for 107 yards 0 TD and 2 INT through three quarters of the first game against the Seahawks. His career passer rating against Seattle is just 71.5, with more interception (5) than touchdowns (4). Yes, he had a great fourth quarter picking on Williams, but it seems generous to assume that one quarter is a better predictor of what we will see on Sunday than his other 19 quarters against the Seahawks.
The Panthers have only trailed one team at halftime, and at the end of three quarters this season: the Seahawks
New Orleans, and what some statistics show was the worst defense in the history of football, led the Panthers at halftime and ultimately lost 41-38. Atlanta led the Panthers after three quarters, and become the only team to beat them. Seattle was the only team to lead all the way until the fourth quarter. In fact, they led until just a few seconds remained on the clock.
Carolina has faced just one Top 5 defense and one Top 5 offense: the Seahawks
The last Top 10 offenses to face the Panthers defense were the New York Giants and the Saints. The Giants scored 35 points while gaining 406 yards, and the Saints scored 38 points and totalled 334 yards. The last Top 5 offense the Seahawks played scored 6 points and gained 232 yards.
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Alex Morgan is Gone and Portland Thorns Fans are to Blame
The face of U.S. women’s soccer, the cover girl of EA Sports FIFA 16, and one of the most recognizable athletes in all of sports, Alex Morgan, is no longer with the Portland Thorns, and it’s all your fault. Because of your relentless support and record-setting attendance, Portland was able to give in to the request of its most recognizable player, sacrificing star power in favor of gathering more talent and potential to make the Thorns a better team. Much better.
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Let’s face it. You are a billionaire and while you don’t like to lose money, you own the Trail Blazers and the Seahawks for the fun of it and the thrill of competition.
You’ve obviously succeeded with the Seahawks (though I still don’t care).
And while your 25-year track record with the Trail Blazers is much more middling, the fact that the Trail Blazers remain in Portland owes much to you. In other words, your sports legacy in Seattle is secure in Seattle and probably intact in Portland, save another “Jail Blazers” stretch.
But if you want to cement your legacy in Portland – and have a blast doing it – bring the Coyotes here.
Oregon’s Football Uniforms No Longer a Joke
It didn’t happen overnight, and it didn’t happen solely because, but Oregon’s uniform revolution kick-started a metamorphosis of previously ugly ducklings into a sports nation of flourishing fowl. The Ducks of today are not the Ducks of 20 years ago, and the punchline they were due to the innovative route they chose to take has become the road more travelled for everyone else trying to catch up. They’re winning at an unprecedented rate, generating revenue at an unprecedented level, and attracting attention from prospects from unprecedented regions of the country. It isn’t and accident and it isn’t a joke anymore.
It appears the Ducks are the ones laughing now.
Marcus Mariota Selected #2 Overall to Tennessee
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While at Oregon he was the perfect role model. He was never seen doing anything he wasn’t supposed to do. He even made weekly visits to the Boys and Girls Club located in Eugene, Oregon. The only hiccup on his record was when he got a speeding ticket during the season. Yet, he paid it off immediately and accepted that he was in the wrong. This is something that Duck fans desperately needed to see after witnessing Jeremiah Masoli, Cliff Harris and Colt Lyerla not live up to their full potential because of poor decisions made off the field. To many Duck fans this is what made Mariota so special.
Jerome Kersey Passes Away at 52
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Since his retirement from the NBA Roy has found another way to stay involved with the game that has brought him plenty of success.
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