Panthers vs. Seahawks Halftime Notes

The Carolina Panthers looked like a division leading team in that first half and lead the Seattle Seahawks 6-3 at halftime. Here are a few notes from the first half.

  • The Panthers offense looked much improved from a week ago. The playing calling was more balanced with the Panthers relying much more on the run (20 rushing attempts vs. 10 passing attempts). This desire to establish the run has been missing this year with the Panthers only running the ball an average of 25 times per game this year.

 

  • The Panthers offense has done everything right in the first half except put it in the end zone. All three of their drives had nine or more plays; they held the ball for over 18 minutes in the first half but were only able to muster six points. The Panthers have had a number of missed opportunities. In the first quarter, Kelvin Benjamin dropped a catchable ball in the end zone and Carolina had to settle for a field goal. Then their final drive of the half, Newton and Jonathan Stewart bobbled the handoff on a read option that resulted in a fumble in the red zone.

 

  • This has been an impressive defensive performance through the first 30 minutes of this game. The Panthers have held Seattle to three points, 22 rushing yards and 88 passing yards. There is a fire that was missing last week and this defense is flying to the ball carrier. The defense looks like they are out to prove something today.

 

  • Welcome back, Josh Norman. After missing the last two games, Norman has four tackles in the first half, a fumble recovery and an interception at the end of the first half in the endzone. The interception at the end ensured Carolina would go into halftime with the lead. 


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