Seahawks vs. Panthers: Some things to love and hate from Sunday

Good start

The Seattle Seahawks kicked off their 2013 campaign today as they took on the Carolina Panthers and walked away with a 12-7 victory. It was a tough, hard fought battle which ended up being a battle of defensive wits, in which the Seahawks came out the victors.

It may have been ugly, but it was a good start to a run to the championship.

There were lots of good things and lots of bad things that can be pointed out. It’s still early, though, don’t be too rough on em.

Love ’em

Doug Baldwin

Doug Baldwin needed this game. While we don’t doubt what he’s capable of around here, we wonder if he will go back to 2 years ago and make a big impact in the offense. After a day like today, he is off to a good start, leading the team in receiving and almost surpassed the 100 yard mark.

Baldwin had 7 catches for 91 yards. I named him in my Seahawks with the most to prove earlier this week.

It seems he read it.

Russell Wilson

Russ, Russ, Russ.  He did it again.

While you won’t hear anyone gawk and praise his numbers, Russell Wilson had a silently GREAT day. He effectively found receivers between the coverage and used his legs in the backfield to extend plays and move the ball. He had great vision and put the ball where it needed to be.

Wilson was 25 of 33 for 320 yards and a touchdown on the day.

Jermaine Kearse

Jermaine Kearse only had 2 catches but they were big catches, including the touchdown. For him to pull that ball out of the air from over the defender was something a magician would do. This was someone I was excited to see start for the team to see what kind of impact he may have.

Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks

Jermaine Kearse roped in the only touchdown of the game for Seattle

We found out today. He had 2 grabs for 49 yards and the lone Seahawk touchdown.

Hate ’em


It seems year in and year out the Seahawks battle the Raiders for who in the NFL can commit the most penalties in a season. It needs to stop. At the onset of last season, the team had a big penalty problem. This year seems to have started the same.

This needs to stop…period.

The team had 9 penalties for 109 yards, including penalties that either killed their drives, extended Carolina drives and I think one even took us out of field goal range.

Offensive line

While Russell Wilson was only sacked twice in the game, he was under fire the entire time. He was constantly being helped up off the ground after plays and wasn’t able to get really comfortable in the pocket.

Not only that, but the running game suffered in a big way. That was partially the loss of Michael Robinson (in my opinion), but it was also because the line was ineffective and had difficulty blocking players or opening holes for ball carriers.

Pass Rush

Or lack thereof. I realize the pass rushers are demolished by injury right now, but we were promised a better pass rush, damn it! The fact that a linebacker the team signed in the 3rd week of preseason got the only sack of the game for the Seahawks is not a good thing.

Regardless of what we saw, the Seahawks won and you can’t ask for anything other than that. Next week the 49ers come to town.

Time to get back down to business.


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