Posted: 10/4/2012 7:24 PM
After watching film of both teams, Scouts Inc. breaks down key elements of the Week 5 Seahawks-Panthers matchup.
Seattle needs to eliminate mental mistakes: The Seahawks lead the NFL in pre-snap penalties. They get more false starts, encroachments, and the like than any team in the league, and these are mainly mental mistakes that can be eliminated. When you put yourself in first-and-15 or more very often, you force your offense to come up with too many explosive plays. Seattle does not have the kind of explosiveness on offense that gives it a chance to recover from too many negative down-and-distance situations.
• Carolina needs to stick with the run: The Panthers have one of the strongest tandems of running backs when Jonathan Stewart is healthy. Stewart returned to action in the Week 4 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, and with the running skills of quarterback Cam Newton along with starting running back DeAngelo Williams they will want to be on their game as they face one of the league's better run defenses. This is apt to end up being a game of field position and time of possession, and the ability to move the chains with a strong ground game will be key.
• Seattle will be physical on the perimeter: The Seahawks have one of the best secondaries on the NFL with rare size to go with an extremely physical style of play. Their cornerbacks are bigger than most safeties, and strong safety Kam Chancellor is bigger than some linebackers. Look for cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman to play a lot of press coverage as they try to get their hands on Carolina's receivers and disrupt them on their release as well as throw off the timing between the receivers and their quarterback.
• Home QB: Newton is going through some of those sophomore blues where things aren't happening quite as easily as they did last year. He has been extremely mercurial in his play this year with poor performances followed by good games. He is extremely athletic with a cannon for an arm and the ability to make all the throws necessary at this level. He can extend plays with speed and athleticism and make throws on the move, but he's leading defenders with his eyes too often. His game management is still developing and needs improvement.
• Away QB: Russell Wilson is an undersized rookie with electric skills but is making rookie mistakes at times. The offensive coordinator has limited what he asks of Wilson, who has thrown fewer passes than any other starter in the league and is being asked to be more of a game manager. He can extend plays with foot quickness and speed but has a tendency to force too many throws. He still needs some work on his decision-making process as well as his skills when it comes to reading coverages.
• Key positional battle -- Seahawks' DEs vs. Panthers' OTs: Seattle has explosive and extremely active defensive ends who are giving the Seahawks a top-10 pass rush with 12 sacks through four games. Chris Clemons, with five sacks, has developed into a quality rusher who provides non-stop action along with nice counter moves. Rookie Bruce Irvin is starting to show why the Seahawks used a first round pick on him and has two sacks. Carolina has one of the league's better pass blockers on the left side with Jordan Grossalong with massive Byron Bell on the right side. They will be severely challenged this week.
• Featured player: The Seahawks are much better when playing on the West Coast and in front of their own fans and will be fighting the odds as they travel cross country to play in Charlotte. The ground game behind running back Marshawn Lynch has a chance to be the deciding factor as they face one of the league's weaker run defenses. Lynch is a dynamic runner who may get more yards after initial contact than any other back in the league.
• Film room nuggets: After a slow start, rookie DE Irvin has started to show why he was Seattle's first-round pick. He is explosive coming off the edge and has a burst as he turns the corner but still needs to work on developing counter moves. ... Newton is a very gifted athlete with all the physical tools to play the game at a high level but needs to show that he has the mental and emotional maturity to be the leader on offense. ... Steve Smith is still an elite wide receiver. He has lost a step, but few receivers do a better job of going to the ball and competing for every pass.
Last edited 10/4/2012 7:28 PM by kepickle
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Posted: 10/4/2012 10:42 PM
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Posted: 10/4/2012 11:16 PM
Posted: 10/5/2012 7:26 AM
Jackofalltrades1977 wrote: I'm not worried.---------------------------------------------
Last edited 10/5/2012 7:27 AM by Carolinafan85
Posted: 10/5/2012 3:41 PM
Carolinafan85 wrote: Jackofalltrades1977 wrote: I'm not worried.---------------------------------------------didnt you say that about the Bucs in week 1 also with this team, I would be worried about us playing Duke
Posted: 10/5/2012 8:37 PM
Jackofalltrades1977 wrote: Ugh, English...They're the last ranked offense in the league, I'm not worried.No, we have the lowest ranked passing offense in the league, not the worst offense overall. Our running game is pretty good. Currently, we're struggling with an undersized but talented rookie QB, and a bunch of under-performing receivers. Lots of drops and blown routes. If the passing game ever gets going, we'll have a pretty good "O". Alot of us Seahawks fans would like to let our expensive back-up Matt Flynn have a shot, but coach says he's injured (something that Flynn has denied). We think coach is lying. Hoping for an exciting, injury-free game! Kinda like 2006! (Though, there were a few injuries in that one...)
Last edited 10/5/2012 8:47 PM by BlueThunderrr
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