TALE OF THE TAPE

Week 5: Seattle Seahawks At Carolina Panthers

Seahawks
Panthers
Seattle Seahawks v Kansas City Chiefs
Carolina Panthers v New Orleans Saints
Quarterback
Russell Wilson is a solid prospect at the quarterback position and he has every chance to come through for head coach Pete Carroll. He did that – thanks in large part to the replacement refs – in the Week three win over the Packers. However, he struggled badly on the road as he threw three interceptions against the Rams.
Winner The pressure is on Cam Newton to build off of his rookie season and play even better in his second year. However, he is feeling the heat. Newton needs to come through with at least two good games in a row before that pressure is relieved. This would be a good game for him to come through.
Offense
The Seahawks can relieve the pressure on Wilson by giving the ball to running back Marshawn Lynch and letting him run between the tackles and burst outside. Sidney Rice should be a an impressive go-to receiver while Golden Tate has shown he will do anything he can to make his team successful.
Winner No team has more potential running the football than the Panthers. In addition to Newton running the ball on designed scrambles and quarterback draws, DeAngelo Williams can be explosive while Jonathan Steward is solid between the tackles. Steve Smith is still a positive as a versatile receiver and tight end Greg Olsen has excellent hands.
Defense
Winner The Seahawks want to impact the game with their ferocious defense. However, when they go on the road, that unit is not quite as nasty on the road as it is at home. Defensive end Chris Clemons is a game-changing player. He had four sacks in the Week Three win over the Packers.
Winner Head coach Ron Rivera teaches a very aggressive brand of defense and Charles Johnson got the message in Week Four against the Atlanta Falcons. The defensive end sacked Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan 3.5 times in Week Four. Rookie linebacker Luke Kuechly is a solid and instinctive tackler.
Special Teams
Winner The Seahawks have the potential to break any game open with their special teams. Leon Washington is a veteran return specialist who will take advantage of any mistake by the coverage teams. Steven Hauschka has made 7-of-8 FG attempts this season. He has good but not great leg strength.
The Panthers will have their work cut out for them on special teams because Washington is such a smart return man with excellent speed. Amazingly, Justin Medlock has only attempted one field goal this season. Punter Brad Nortman has a strong leg and he can place the ball inside the 20.

The Winner Is

Carolina Panthers v New Orleans Saints
Winner Panthers
3 out of 4

The Seahawks seem to be a much more timid team when they go on the road. While they have a very aggressive defense, it tends to show up much more prominently when they are playing in the Pacific Northwest. Cam Newton needs to get back on track with a great game here.

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: Miami Dolphins At New York Jets

    The Dolphins have played solid football throughout the season, and they had a fourth-quarter lead on the Broncos before getting hit hard in the final 15 minutes.

  2. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: Denver Broncos At Kansas City Chiefs

    Peyton Manning struggled during much of the Broncos’ three-game losing streak and for nearly a half in Week 12 against Miami, but the Broncos offense finally came together and Manning started dominating once again.

  3. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: New England Patriots At Green Bay Packers

    The Patriots continue to play sensational football as they took apart a good Detroit Lions team to stretch their winning streak to seven games.

See All Tales of the Tape
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,541 other followers