After suffering back to back away defeats against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions, the Carolina Panthers return home to Charlotte looking to get back to their winning ways against the Seattle Seahawks.
This game is huge as far as the NFC playoff picture is concerned. A loss to Seattle, means both teams come out with a record of 6-5. This means the Panthers will be tied with not only the Seahawks, but the Cowboys and Redskins as well. Two of those teams holding the tie-breaker advantage over Carolina. If the Panthers are a serious playoff contender they need to prove it Sunday afternoon.
Coming off the tailed of a heart breaking defeat against the Lions by way of a failed two point conversion, Carolina has to gain some consistency on both sides of the ball this week against Seattle. Cam Newton and the Panthers offense have looked great at the start of games. They started the Detroit game with a 10 play, 90 yard drive, and started with a 9 play, 75 yard drive against the Steelers, both drives ending in touchdowns.
After that, the team has crumbled on both sides of the ball. The defense was in a “bend don’t break” mindset during the Detroit matchup as they gave up just 2 field goals during the 2nd and 3rd quarter. However, the offense stalling in both of those quarters and a botched is what would ultimately be there down fall.
Carolina simply has to do a better job keeping their foot on the gas this week and not allowing Seattle to stay in this game. Otherwise they will be making their job of getting into the playoffs that much harder.
The Panthers may be without wide receiver Devin Funchess as he is yet to practice this week. While Torrey Smith is also listed as questionable. Carolina will look to their young duo of D.J. Moore, who had a wonderful game against Detroit, finishing with 7 receptions, 157 yards and 1 touchdown, and Curtis Samuel who is also blossoming into his role on the team.