Pivotal Seahawks for This Week’s Tilt
The Seattle Seahawks are set to start the regular season in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers, and it’s sure to be a doozy. While the Panthers lack the necessary to depth to keep up with the Seahawks, their top-end talent is something to behold and should provide an excellent early challenge as the Seahawks try to validate their status as NFC contenders.
Read past the jump for a look at some of the more important Seahawks heading into Sunday’s tilt.
G James Carpenter
Assuming James Carpenter makes it out of the first quarter unscathed, his role in this game could be of the massive variety. In an attempt to fix their porous run defense, the Panthers drafted Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short.
The pair is sure to be a disruptive force on the interior of Carolina’s defensive front for years to come, but one can only hope their start is delayed by a herculean effort from James Carpenter.
The Panthers also possess one of the best one-two punches at interior linebacker in the league with Luke Kuechly and Jon Beason. One would have to assume that at some point in the game one or both will be blitzing, and blitzing from the interior at that.
I’m not one to ever question whether Max Unger will hold his own, but Carpenter has yet to earn my faith.
FB Derrick Coleman
Coleman saw limited action in the pre-season as the team’s fullback and didn’t disappoint. His story has great, having battled through hearing impairment and actually being declared legally deaf.
I’m pulling for the young’un, and hope to see a huge statement game from Coleman in his first start as the club’s fullback.
CB Walter Thurmond
When the Seahawks released Antoine Winfield, I thought it meant that Walter Thurmond was taking over in the nickel corner spot. An injury to Brandon Browner later, and here he is, set to possibly start on the outside.
Luckily for Thurmond, the Panthers have serious depth issues at wide receiver, and their only competent one should be getting covered by Richard Sherman for the day.
— Liz Mathews 710 ESPN (@Liz_Mathews) September 6, 2013
That being said, Thurmond still could be starting and he’s still on the outside.
At some point he will be tested, and I can only hope he’s up to the challenge.
LB/LEO O’Brien Schofield
Schofield has impressed to this point, having played both the LEO and Sam linebacker positions in Seattle’s base defense throughout the pre-season.
His versatility will prove to be a huge asset for the Seahawks going forward, and it will be displayed early and often on Sunday.
Getting to Cam Newton is no easy task, but I’m more than confident in O’Brien Schofield‘s ability and feel like he could surprise a lot of people tomorrow.
QB Russell Wilson
For the first time in a long time, Russell Wilson looked human. Sure it was just the pre-season, but yeah, his wasn’t all that great.
For the first time this season though he’ll be playing for more than a quarter, and against the oppositions ones and twos to boot.
He’s missing Percy Harvin, but that’s something he’ll have to get used to anyway.
Whether he does it with his foot or arm, Wilson will be a pivotal player in the outcome on Sunday.
My hope, a positive one. Go Hawks!