Three burning questions for Panthers against Seahawks
What will the wideouts look like?
By all accounts, the Carolina Panthers wide receiving group will look a little bit different on Sunday. With Devin Funchess listed as doubtful and Torrey Smith still battling a knee injury, other players may have to pick up the slack offensively. In some cases, those players have been picking up the slack for most of the season, so Sunday should be no different.
Players like running back Christian McCaffrey and tight end Greg Olsen will have to have big games moving forward. Those two are certainties to be a part of the offense. The burning question here is, how exactly will all play out? Will guys like D.J. Moore, Jarius Wright, and Damiere Byrd step up and have big days on Sunday?. Chances are, they probably will have to if the Carolina Panthers are going to beat a tough Seattle team. As Brandon Scott alluded to in his piece, Curtis Samuel may also have to have a big game on Sunday. We know that he has the potential to do so, but he has not shown that yet in the professional ranks.
If there is one certainty, it is that quarterback Cam Newton gives the Panthers a good chance to win no matter who goes out there at receiver. If there was one thing that I would be worried about, it would be the chemistry between Newton and the receivers. Hopefully if Funchess cannot go, the rhythm and timing between quarterback and receivers will be relatively seamless. At the moment, we don’t know what the wideouts will look like, so that leaves it as a burning question. How they do will probably determine whether Carolina gets a win on Sunday.