Newton was the league MVP a year ago, and Wilson led all quarterbacks with a 110.1 passer rating. With Britt out, Seattle struggled with protection and the Bucs sacked Wilson six times. Newton has been sacked 27 times in 10 games; he was sacked 33 times all last season. After losing in the Super Bowl last season to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, they were expected to bounce back with a strong 2016 season.
"It was great", Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said, per Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com. This happening twice in a row? If the wall can stay up in front of Wilson enough to give him some time to throw, he will be tossing into one of the league's worst pass defenses in Carolina.
The player to watch, or possibly not watch, on the Panther defense is the linebacker Kuechly.
"It's pretty simple", Wilson said, "we've just got to find ways to make plays and we will".
Power Rankings: Who are the pretenders and who are the contenders? The Los Angeles Rams also lost to drop 4-7, meaning nobody gained or lost ground in the NFC West. Many of those key injuries have come along the offensive line where the Panthers have been mixing and matching lineups more out of necessity than production. The Panthers have put both starting center Ryan Kahil and his backup, Gino Gradkowski, on injured reserve.
Everyone knows that the weakness of this unit is its offensive line. It was Carroll that wanted John Schneider alongside him as general manager, as he looked to turn the franchise from a moderately successful division competitor into one of the top teams year on year.
The Carolina Panthers will take on their rival, the Seattle Seahawks Sunday night in what is sure to be a slugfest.
Seattle also have not forgotten being eliminated by the Panthers in the post-season last January. They now are No. 1, giving up 17.0 points per game.
In six matchups since the 2012 season including two showdowns in the playoffs, these teams have ended the game separated by a single score in five contests, levelling each other in defensive affairs in the first four games, and then exploding for 105 combined points during their two games in 2015. We like the Seahawks to cover the spread in this game. Seahawks lead National Football League in scoring defence, giving up 17.0 points per game.
Obviously the Seahawks do not lose very often. The Seahawks are nearly as bad (27th) at running the ball; Thomas Rawls is the starter mostly by default with promising C.J. Prosise (scapula) injured. Seattle played without safety Earl Thomas, corner DeShawn Shead, Bennett and Britt. He's still probably the best running back on their team. Seattle is much healthier for this week's game.
PANTHERS WR Ted Ginn had 4-115 receiving on 10 targets, including an 88-yard TD catch, in Week 12 loss. What's more unsafe, a team with nothing to lose or a team with everything to lose?
Since the teams first met in the Wilson-Newton series, the Seahawks have a 4-2 edge on the Panthers, with Carolina sweeping last year's two games.
Still, Seattle's offensive effort in the 14-5 defeat was a bit troubling.
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