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Carolina Panthers Trail Seattle Seahawks 10-7 at Halftime

After a tough first half of football, the Carolina Panthers trail the Seattle Seahawks 10-7 at halftime. Brandon Croce highlights the key points and takeaways after two quarters of football.

      • The Carolina Panthers were determined to get their run game going against the Seattle Sehawks. The offense started the game with 14 rushes compared to only five passes and Mike Shula and company tried to throw in a couple of wrinkles to get this run game going. The team had four different players carry the ball, including two runs by Philly Brown. The runs to the outside helped open the middle of the field up a little more for Stewart to work who ran for 44 yards on 10 carries.
      • The concern for this offense though has to be if they can protect Cam Newton. The Seahawks pass rush has done a good job of getting to Newton and collapsing the pocket. The Seahawks had a sack on the first drive and even had a second one early in the first drive but was called back due to defensive holding. The Panthers' offensive line has been vastly improved this year and Newton hasn't been sacked more than two times in a game this year.
      • With the lack of protection, Newton has not been able to do much through the air, starting the game 4 of 12 for 46 yards and one interception. The team is going to have to figure out a way to get this passing game going to keep the Seahawks honest if they want to keep having the success they are running the ball.
      • On the defensive side of the ball, the pass rush has started to come alive as Kawann Short and Wes Horton registered sacks and rookie Ryan Delaire providing a nice speed rush from the outside that is disrupting the pocket. The one thing they will have to be concerned about though is containing Wilson, who already has 40 rushing yards thanks in large part to a 24-yard run. 
      • The most important thing the Panthers will need to remember in the second half though will be composure. This has been a very chippy game almost from the opening kickoff and there has been plenty of pushing and shoving at the end of the play. The Panthers have done a good job of not getting flagged and it will be important not to give away yards on costly penalties.

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