Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports previews the Seahawks-Panthers upcoming contest on Sunday. Kirwan said he talked with Seattle head coach Pete Carroll this week, and that defensively the Seahawks are concerned about Cam Newton and his ability to run the Wildcat offense, along with his ability to pull the ball out on play-action and throw deep.
Kirwan also says that Carroll would like Russell Wilson to play with the efficiency of San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith. Kirwan likes Carolina in a close game, 2-16. Check out the video below.
Derek Stephens of ScoutingTheHawks.com ranks Seattle’s rookie class after four weeks, and has quarterback Russell Wilson at the top of the list. Stephens: “The pre-throw decision-making process and information-deciphering are what he needs to gain consistency in, and everything else will fall into place. Considering these criteria, Wilson’s progressions have become more rapid, and his reaction to pressure has become more positive in terms of sliding and keeping his eyes down field. The rest should fall into place if he’s given the time necessary to fully acclimate.”
NFL playbook previews the Seahawks-Panthers game in this video link.
Brian Burke, writing for The New York times Fifth Down Blog, gives Seattle a 21 percent win chance at Carolina. That’s the least amount of any team this week.
ESPN’s Mike Sando notes if Seattle can beat Carolina on Sunday, it will be the first time all four teams in the NFC West are over the .500 through Week 5 since the NFL realigned into eight four-team divisions in 2002
Mike Freeman is the only CBS Sports expert picking Seattle this week.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks’ defense went back to school to prepare for Cam Newton and the read option.
Doug Kretz of Scouts Inc. believes one of the key issues for Seattle when they take on Carolina is eliminating the mental mistakes and pre-snap penalties. He likes the Seahawks over the Panthers 21-20. You have to be a ESPN Insider to view this.
Bill Simmons of Grantland continues with his man crush on Russell Wilson, picking Seattle again this week.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com profiles reserve safeties Chris Maragos and Jeron Johnson. The duo’s patience has paid off, with both seeing more playing time this season.
Golden Tate’s debatable, game-winning catch against Green Bay receives a couple votes for best play of the year so far by this group of CBS Sports football experts, but for dubious reasons. Josh Katzowitz: “The Hail Mary at the end of the Seahawks-Packers game that gave Seattle an undeserved victory. Not so much because it basically ended the lockout, but because it’s rare for the Twitter community to all come together at midnight to make jokes and express outrage at the same time. It was like hanging out in a sports bar that stretched all the way across the country.”
Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer writes that defensive starters linebacker Jon Beason and cornerback Chris Gamble are doubtful for the Panthers.