The Seahawks might have stolen a win a couple Mondays ago, but the only thing they’re going to be charged with today is assault.
They beat the Panthers about the head and shoulders, forcing Cam Newton into a horrible game in their 16-12 win on the road. The Seahawks limited the Panthers to 190 yards, and ended the game with a sack-strip which was the day in a capsule.
Newton was an abhorrent 12-of-29 for 141 yards passing, with most of that coming on a drive that unraveled at the goal line, with him throwing his fourth-down attempt (this week) at the feet of reserve tight end Ben Hartsock. We should be hearing from him in about two hours or so.
The Seahawks bludgeoned the Panthers all day. Marshawn Lynch didn’t run the way he normally does (21 carries for 85 yards), but quarterback Russell Wilson was more efficient, despite two interceptions (one of which was returned for the Panthers only touchdown).
The game lacked the kind of highlights you see on television, but the Seahawks defense was oppressive, leaning on the Panthers throughout the day.
That’s why they’re 3-2 at the moment, and the Panthers are 1-4 and looking for answers during their upcoming bye week.