|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1.2||2-1||0-3||18.0||9.0||290.7||(5.1)||1.0||12.7||6.7||283.3||(4.9)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||17.5||7.5||17.7||31:06||34-151||(4.4)||15-25||60.0%||131||(5.2)||59-281||(4.8)||(16.1)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||19.2||8.5||18.4||30:09||27-111||(4.1)||19-33||59.0%||204||(6.3)||60-315||(5.3)||(16.5)|
|Offense Road Games||14.5||5.0||18.5||31:43||33-147||(4.4)||17-29||59.3%||139||(4.7)||63-286||(4.5)||(19.8)|
|Defense (All Games)||14.5||7.5||18.0||28:53||21-63||(3)||21-36||58.9%||213||(5.8)||57-276||(4.8)||(19)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||18.9||9.4||18.7||30:11||23-78||(3.4)||23-36||64.3%||235||(6.4)||59-312||(5.3)||(16.5)|
|Defense Road Games||19.5||11.5||16.5||28:17||23-59||(2.5)||18-33||55.2%||210||(6.3)||57-269||(4.7)||(13.8)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||0.2||1.2||0.0||12-3||28.0%||1-1||50.0%||2-66||(37.7)||2-16||(7)||9-74|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.5||1.5||2.1||14-5||34.1%||1-1||63.1%||2-52||(24.4)||20-2||(8.7)||7-59|
|Stats For (Road Games)||2.0||0.5||2.5||-1.0||12-3||28.0%||0-0||0.0%||2-101||(50.5)||3-25||(8.5)||9-72|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.5||1.2|| ||13-5||43.1%||0-0||100.0%||2-41||(20.5)||2-17||(6.9)||8-78|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.2||0.6||1.9|| ||13-5||37.2%||1-0||46.6%||2-42||(23.3)||24-3||(9.6)||7-62|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.0||0.5||1.5|| ||11-4||34.8%||0-0||100.0%||1-16||(16)||2-27||(11)||8-69|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1.2||2-1||2-1||23.3||11.7||398.0||(6.9)||2.3||31.0||16.7||439.0||(6.6)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||20.0||8.7||20.5||26:31||27-122||(4.5)||18-28||64.0%||252||(9.1)||55-374||(6.8)||(18.7)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.8||11.8||21.8||31:49||29-132||(4.6)||22-34||64.8%||271||(8)||63-402||(6.4)||(16.9)|
|Offense Home Games||21.0||10.5||22.5||26:43||30-139||(4.6)||16-26||62.3%||255||(9.6)||57-395||(6.9)||(18.8)|
|Defense (All Games)||27.2||15.7||23.2||33:29||28-135||(4.9)||25-37||66.7%||259||(6.9)||65-394||(6)||(14.4)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||26.7||13.6||20.8||30:43||23-90||(3.9)||24-39||61.6%||274||(7.1)||61-363||(5.9)||(13.6)|
|Defense Home Games||31.5||16.5||25.5||33:17||28-144||(5.1)||29-43||68.6%||301||(7)||71-445||(6.3)||(14.1)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.2||1.0||2.2||-1.5||10-4||38.1%||0-0||0.0%||3-71||(23.7)||2-16||(8.1)||5-46|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.3||0.8||2.1||2.9||12-5||37.6%||1-0||60.0%||3-72||(22.7)||18-2||(8)||7-58|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.5||1.5||3.0||-2.0||10-5||47.6%||1-0||0.0%||4-99||(22)||1-7||(7)||3-28|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.0||0.7|| ||13-6||44.4%||0-0||0.0%||2-39||(19.4)||1-13||(8.8)||3-28|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.2||1.2|| ||13-5||37.9%||1-0||88.9%||3-78||(25.4)||14-2||(8.1)||6-49|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.0||0.0||1.0|| ||13-7||51.9%||0-0||0.0%||2-36||(18.2)||1-18||(12)||3-30|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SEATTLE 19.8, CAROLINA 22.5|
|9/30/2012||@ ST LOUIS||13-19||L||-2.5||L||39||U||34-179||17-25-140||3||27-75||17-31-211||1|
|10/7/2012||@ CAROLINA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/14/2012||NEW ENGLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/18/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/28/2012||@ DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/4/2012||MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|9/9/2012||@ TAMPA BAY||10-16||L||-3||L||45.5||U||13-10||23-33-291||2||36-130||16-24-128||0|
|10/7/2012||SEATTLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/21/2012||DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/28/2012||@ CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/4/2012||@ WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|SEATTLE: The Seahawks are well-versed in zone blocking after a year under current offensive line coach Tom Cable, one of the best zone-blocking coaches in the game. They play a lot of two-tight end and three-receiver sets and do a lot of inside zone runs with Marshawn Lynch, who will continue to get a mammoth workload. Change-of-pace back Leon Washington will occasionally spell Lynch on passing downs, taking about a third of the reps, and rookie Robert Turbin is expected to be used on only a handful of snaps as long as Lynch is able to remain healthy. Seattle is run-heavy near the goal line: Lynch will again have a huge role in the red zone, as Seattle was one of four teams to run it more than 60 percent of the time in goal-to-go situations. The Seahawks run a West Coast offense similar to the one QB Matt Flynn played in at Green Bay. Seattle uses a lot of three-WR sets, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was able to open things up for slot receiver Doug Baldwin. Split end Sidney Rice is more of a perimeter threat in this offense, and Golden Tate has a chance for an increased number of targets at flanker. Tight end Zach Miller ended up being a bit redundant with Baldwin in the middle of the field, which is why his numbers were down. Miller's contributions are not expected to increase now that he'll be splitting reps with Kellen Winslow. Although their 2011 leading tackler LB David Hawthorne is now in New Orleans, the Seahawks should remain an above-average defense. They finished fourth in the NFL with 22 interceptions (Brandon Browner had six) and made huge improvements in both yards allowed and scoring defense in 2011. One of the reasons was the play of DL Chris Clemons, who after floundering for several different teams has found a home in Seattle with back-to-back 11-sack seasons'there's little reason to believe the explosive DE won't reach double figures again in 2012. Safety Kam Chancellor is an elite in-the-box run-stuffer who even plays some linebacker on passing downs. He's also good enough in coverage that he's not a liability when opponents decide to pass the ball. Chancellor forms one of the NFL's best young safety tandems with Earl Thomas, who draws comparisons to Troy Polamalu due to his athleticism and exceptional instincts. |
|CAROLINA: While the Panthers are extremely run-heavy, that shouldn't be confused with being conservative. Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski implemented a unique running game that is traditional about two-thirds of the time, with the rest of the playbook being option plays for Cam Newton. Their running back rotation is tough to figure out, as last year DeAngelo Williams started, Jonathan Stewart played more reps, but Williams had more carries. The Panthers insist that Mike Tolbert will primarily be a fullback, though he'll surely play in some single-back sets. The Panthers are content to let Newton create in the red zone, as he was by far their most often-used weapon deep in opponent territory (10 more red-zone carries than Carolina's running backs combined). Chudzinski's offense is rooted in the big play, which is why it suits Newton so well. Besides giving him some space to improvise, Newton's first read is almost always Steve Smith downfield, and he'll force throws to him. While Brandon LaFell became more involved in the offense, especially after overtaking Legedu Naanee late in the year, Newton rarely got past his second read, which was to come down to Greg Olsen in the middle of the field or whichever back is in the game. Expect LaFell to be more involved as Newton grows more comfortable running the offense in his second NFL season. Carolina ranked 27th in scoring defense and 28th in total defense in 2011, and still needs a ton of work. But selecting LB tackling machine Luke Kuechly ninth overall was a nice upgrade'with Kuechly and Jon Beason at linebacker, Charles Johnson will be freed up to do what he does best, which is rush the quarterback. Expect at least a dozen sacks and an uptick in tackles this coming season. Also expect more from Greg Hardy, who saw a rise in his tackle numbers from 2010 to '11, and his sack total should jump with Carolina expected to abandon the hybrid 3-4 the team employed at times last year. Beason will likely play the weak side, as he did in 2010. Charles Godfrey, who has excellent range for a strong safety, should once again anchor the secondary. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (SEATTLE-CAROLINA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Seahawks-Panthers Preview* ===========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Cam Newton is apologizing for a mistake that likely cost the Carolina Panthers a victory last weekend, but there is no quarterback controversy for coach Ron Rivera's team.
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll could be faced with one soon if rookie Russell Wilson can't limit his errors.
Newton and the Panthers will try to avoid a third consecutive loss when the Seahawks go for their first win in Charlotte in three tries Sunday.
Needing two yards for a game-clinching first down last Sunday at Atlanta, Newton fumbled on a third-down run that was recovered by teammate Mike Tolbert. Rivera decided to punt with 1:09 left instead of giving Newton another chance, and the Falcons responded with a 77-yard scoring drive that dropped Carolina (1-3) three games back of Atlanta for the NFC South lead.
"You have to protect the football," Newton said following the 30-28 defeat. "That was a key focus going into this game, and I fumbled. There's a lot of guys that are trusting the ball carrier, and I was the ball carrier that particular play to get the job done. And I dropped the ball."
Newton is definitely off to a slow start, but Rivera's best option is to keep giving the ball to the 2011 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Carroll said earlier this week that Wilson is the best option for the Seahawks (2-2), but after the third-round pick was intercepted a season-high three times in last Sunday's 19-13 loss at St. Louis, there have been questions about the availability of newcomer Matt Flynn, who was nursing a sore elbow during the preseason when he lost the job to Wilson.
"Matt's ready to play. We just don't know what's going to happen when he gets a lot of work. He might be all right, we don't know that, but we have not taken him there yet," Carroll said. "But no, he's ready to play in every game and he's ready to go in the very next play if we need him."
That might come sooner rather than later if Wilson doesn't improve on third down and in the red zone. The Seahawks are already limiting his attempts - their 100 are the fewest in the NFL - so it's critical that Wilson make the most out of each one. He has a 45.4 passer rating on third down, and he's 8 for 19 with a touchdown in the red zone.
Seattle, whose 523 passing yards are the fewest in the league, is last in the NFL in red zone TD efficiency at 27.3 percent.
"This is a very hard part of the game for all young quarterbacks, this red zone and third down," Carroll, whose team is 14 of 50 on third down, told the Seahawks' official website. "It always has been. That's where it gets most difficult and we need to get better in both those areas."
Carolina, meanwhile, has reached the end zone a league-best 72.7 percent of the time when it reaches the red zone, with six of those eight TDs coming on the ground.
The Panthers' running attack - Newton and DeAngelo Williams lead the team with 167 yards apiece - racked up 199 last Sunday, but Carolina will face a Seattle rush defense that's second in the NFL giving up 62.8 yards per game.
If Carolina can't get anything from the running game, Newton might not have much time to find wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Greg Olsen as the Seahawks have 10 sacks in the last two games.
The Panthers had a franchise-record seven sacks last Sunday, but their secondary has struggled of late. Rivera is contemplating a switch at free safety after Haruki Nakamura was involved in all three of Atlanta's touchdowns last week as well as a 59-yard pass that set up the Falcons' winning field goal.
"We're going to evaluate different combinations and what those possibilities can be," Rivera said.
Whoever starts in the Panthers' secondary should be prepared to help with run support as Seahawks back Marshawn Lynch is the NFL leader with 423 yards.
Seattle is the league's only team with more rushing yards (603) than passing.
Lynch ran for 83 yards and three scores the last time these teams met, a 31-14 Seattle win Dec. 5, 2010. Carolina posted a 13-10 victory in the Seahawks' last visit Dec. 16, 2007.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 4:41:17 AM EST|