This week the Seahawks face a prototypical athletic QB in Cam Newton. The Carolina Panthers star has all the physical attributes and tools to become the most dominant overall player in the NFL. On one side is a towering and imposing Newton and on the other side is the less taller Russell Wilson. Although this is the case, Wilson's attitude, veteran-like savvy and leadership qualities are above Newton's. Wilson doesn't hang his head due to the fact that he understands that a leader does everything he/she can to raise the morale of the team. As far as the physical attributes desired from an NFL QB, Newton takes the matchup. But when the game comes down to leadership and mental toughness, Wilson is the victor.
The Seahawks must rebound and take take it to the Panthers on Sunday
The Seahawks defense is easily among the top 3 in the NFL. With Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin taking care of outside contain on Newton, Sunday will be rough for the Carolina Panthers offense. The speed of the linebackers will stick to Greg Olsen, the Panthers QB's second favorite target next to veteran wideout Steve Smith. I will reiterate from previous blogs that their is no other secondary that can compete with Seattle's when it comes to aggressive coverage and playmaking ability. For goodness sakes, they have Marcus Trufant playing the nickelback. Freaking Marcus Trufant! With that being said, I am a huge fan of veteran cornerback Chris Gamble and the man in the middle, Jon Beason.
Questions to be answered against Panthers...
Can Russell Wilson rebound after the messy loss against the St. Louis Rams?
Who will rush for more yards and touchdowns, Wilson or Newton? Who will be under more pressure and take more sacks?
The NFC West is extremely competitive right now and this game seems to me like a must-win. Will the Seahawks stay in the race for the NFC West crown and put on a dominant performance?