Opponent Overview: Seattle Seahawks

What do Panthers fans need to know about the Seattle Seahawks? Here is a quick overview of how the Seahawks have fared this season as well as a few key players on both sides of the ball.

Seahawks’ Season Recap

What once look liked an unbeatable force has looked rather average the past couple of weeks. The Seattle Seahawks entered this season as a Super Bowl Champions and looked very strong to start the season going 3-1 over the first four games.

Recently, they have not looked very dominant with a loss at home to Dallas in Week 6 and a two point loss to the St. Louis Rams last week. This team now finds themselves in unfamiliar territory, currently sitting in third place in the NFC West.

 

Seahawks Offense

Total Offense: 357 yards per game (15th in the NFL)

Rushing Offense: 153.3 yards per game (2nd in the NFL)

Passing Offense: 203.7 yards per game (29th in the NFL)

Points: 26.5 points per game (8th in the NFL)

The offense is led by QB Russell Wilson, who has been playing on another level and the losses are no fault his own. Over the past three games, he has had two 100-yard rushing games, seven total touchdowns (four passing, three rushing) and only one interception. The rushing yards by Wilson, along with Marshawn Lynch, is a big reason this offense is second in the NFL in rushing.

The question mark in this offense is the wide receivers especially now that they are without Percy Harvin, who was traded last week to the New York Jets. Doug Baldwin is the clear number one but after that are a number of younger, unproven players like Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood.

 

Seahawks Defense

Total Defense: 324 yards per game (8th in the NFL)

Run Defense: 85.5 yards per game (6th in the NFL)

Pass Defense: 238.5 yards per game (15th in the NFL)

Points Against: 23.5 points per game (19th in the NFL)

Takeaways: 5 (29th in the NFL)

This is a talented defense, with playmakers at every level, and really doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses. They play a 4-3 defense and on the defensive line they are strong up the middle with defensive tackle Brandon Mebane. They also have two defensive ends (Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril) that can get after the quarterback.

At linebacker, they are led by middle linebacker Bobby Wagner who is in his third season in the NFL. Next to Wagner is weakside linebacker Bruce Irvin and strongside linebacker K.J. Wright. Wagner and Wright are excellent tacklers and have combined for 95 tackles through six games.

The secondary is the group that gets the most publicity. The Legion of Boom is led by the outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman but Seattle’s safety duo is what makes this secondary very good. Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas are very tough to beat and are both heavy hitters at the back end of this defense.


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