Q&A…Seahawks week 1 matchup vs. Carolina Panthers

Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves

By now you have heard many times that the Seahawks are quite a common pick to represent the NFC in the Superbowl.   The Seattle Seahawks have truly become the NFC darlings of many so-called NFL experts.

While I remain ever optimistic about the first Lombardi trophy coming to the Emerald City, one indisputable fact can’t get out of my head.

They still have to get into the playoffs first.

And, they have to get the regular season off on the right foot with a win on the road against a tough customer, the Carolina Panthers.  5 questions with a “yes” will lead to the Hawks to a win in week 1.

Can the defensive Line contain Cam Newton?

Definitely not playing:  Chris ClemonsBruce Irvinand Jordan Hill.

Your guess as to whether they play or not is as good as anyone’s right now:  Cliff Avril, Tony McDaniel and Brandon Mebane.

Red Bryant

Can the defensive Line contain Cam Newton

Looks good to go:  Michael Bennett

Our hope rests with:  Red Bryant, O’Brien Schofield, and Benson Mayowa.

As bleak as the injury condition of our D line looks like right now, I don’t think we need to worry about how many sacks we get on Cam Newton.

We just need to contain him and make him throw the ball.

I really believe that’s the key to stopping the Panthers.  Make Cam throw the ball.  If he breaks contain and runs, this game could turn into a shootout.

Can Kearse returns kicks?

Percy Harvin is out in case you have been in a cave for the past month.  Carroll and company is not going to re-sign Leon Washington despite his release from New England

The guy that is going to get a shot is wide-receiver Jermaine Kearse.

Kearse had a nice preseason that include a beautiful 107 yard kickoff return against Denver.  The problem I have with that return is that Kearse did it against a bunch of guys that are now asking you if you want paper or plastic.

A big part of Seattle’s game last year was Leon Washington, and not just scoring TDs on returns, but also giving the offense a short field.  I believe Kearse will rise to the challenge and fill this void.

Can Seattle establish the run against the Carolina D?

Without a doubt the biggest surprise out of the pre-season was the release of fullback Michael Robinson.  This was the guy that lead the way for Marshawn Lynch so consistently and effectively the last several years.

Now that job belongs to Derrick Coleman.

Derrick Coleman - your new starting FB Seattle.

Derrick Coleman – your new starting FB Seattle.

I still question this Pete Carroll decision.  It’s now up to Mr. Coleman to prove me wrong and Carroll correct.

Can the Seahawks’ secondary contain Steve Smith?

Steve Smith is now how old?  A hundred and what?


And you wondered why I want Cam to throw the ball.  The Panther wide outs have virtually no chance against this secondary.

Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Walter Thurmond, Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman will have Smith, Olsen, Hixon, Ginn & LaFell on lockdown.

Can the Seahawks stay on the right side of the turnover battle?

There are going to be some younger, inexperienced hands touching the ball on offense this year.  Derrick Coleman, Jermaine Kearse, and Stephen Williams cannot put the ball on the ground.

None of them did so in the preseason so I think it’s safe to assume they’ll do alright in this regard.

It’s going to be up to our linebackers, lead by Bobby Wagner, KJ Wright and the Legion of Boom to force the ball out when Carolina gets past our injury ravaged defensive line.

They’ve done it consistently until now and I have no doubts about that continuing.

Early lines have the Seahawks by 3.  I think they cover it easily.

My early Seahawks vs. Panthers Week 1 Prediction…Seattle, 31-17.


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