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The Carolina Panthers are hosting the Seahawks this Sunday in what will be a match up of two teams that are mirror images of each other. The Panthers have a potent offense and a defense that is inconsistent at best. Seattle has been inconsistent on their offense, while their defense has become quite formidable.
Motored by tough running Marshawn Lynch, Seahawk offensive issues surround rookie Russell Wilson. 3rd round pick, Wilson, has had limited success at the NFL level so far. Wilson is undersized but possesses excellent mobility. His deficiencies offensively can be blamed partially on conservative play calling.The inconsistent play of Wilson has had several fans pining for recently acquired free agent Matt Flynn to take the helm offensively. As if being a rookie quarterback in the NFL is not difficult enough, Wilson has dealt with Flynn looking over his shoulder. Flynn has handled this situation professionally by staying quiet and allowing things to work out on their own. Despite the success Flynn had in Green Bay, in relief of Aaron Rogers, Head Coach Pete Carroll has continued to show faith in Wilson.
Defensively Seattle is a force to be reckoned with. Led by young linebackers, K J Wright and Bobby Wagner, this unit has gelled and become the 2nd ranked overall defense. Seattle’s stout performances against potent Green Bay and Dallas offenses validate this impressive ranking. The Packers and Cowboys scored a paltry 19 points combined against this defensive unit.
Just like Carolina, Seattle has been an up and down team. Both teams are looking for a win in this game to get back on track. The Panthers will have their work cut out for them and the run game will be an essential part of cracking the Seattle defense.
This game will be close. I think the team that wins the field position battle with come out the victor. I have the Panthers taking this one 20-13.