Panthers vs. Seahawks: Halftime Notes

The Carolina Panthers should feel very fortunate that they are only down 14-10 to the Seattle Seahawks after a sloppy, mistake-filled first half. These are some notes and observations from the first half.

  • The Panthers should feel lucky that they are only down four points going into the half. They had two fumbles hit the ground that were not able to be recovered by Seattle, an interception late in the second quarter that would have taken away the Panthers’ field goal as time expired (which they had to kick three times due to penalties). Even with all those near misses, the Panthers (specifically Cam Newton) had a fumble and an interception in that half. The Panthers offense needs to do a better job of protecting the football if they hope to upset Seattle.

 

  • The Seattle Seahawks have been winning the field position battle which has helped them control the tempo of the game. The Carolina Panthers have had an average start to their drives at their own 16-yard line. Even without the Seahawks drive that started at the Panthers 28-yard line after the fumble is not included, their average start is at their own 31-yard line.

 

  • Aside from the 63-yard touchdown pass by Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse, the Panthers defense has shut down the Seahawks, especially the run game. The Seahawks had the most rushing yards in the NFL this season but in the first half today they have a total of 21 yards on nine carries. The Panthers defensive line has done an excellent job, even without defensive tackle Star Lotulelei in the middle.

 

  • The Panthers’ run game though has done an excellent job, minus the ball security, in the first half with a balanced attack between Jonathan Stewart, Cam Newton and DeAngelo Williams. Those three have combined for 77 yards rushing on 19 carries and averaging over 4.5 yards per carry. In the second half, the Panthers need to lean heavily on the run game to move the ball.


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