Amid the Action: Seattle will end Carolina’s four-game streak


Amid the Action by Kainoa Deguilmo

By Kainoa Deguilmo, sports writer

On Sunday, Oct. 18, the Carolina Panthers will travel to CenturyLink field to play the Seattle Seahawks. Carolina just beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37-23 on Sunday and has an undefeated record of 4-0. Seattle just lost to the Cincinnati Bengals 27-24 on Sunday and has slipped to a record of 2-3.

On the season, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton has completed 62 out of 121 passes for a total of 809 yards and 7 touchdowns. Jonathan Stewart leads the team in rushing 220 yards on 59 carries, averaging 3.7 yards per carry. Tight end Greg Olsen leads the Panthers in receiving with 17 catches for 243 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 14.3 yards per catch.

For Seattle, quarterback Russell Wilson has 1,192 yards, making 106 passes out of 150 attempts for 6 touchdowns. Seattle’s leading rusher is–surprisingly–Thomas Rawls, who just joined Seattle this year. Marshawn Lynch, also known as “Beast Mode” is battling a hamstring injury. Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse is leading the team in receiving with 274 yards on 18 catches, averaging 15.2 yards per catch. He has one touchdown catch on the season so far.

For this game, I’m taking Seattle. Yes, they just lost to the Cincinnati Bengals and the Panthers are on a win streak, but it seems like Seattle is slowly getting the swagger they played with back in 2012. This isn’t the same defense from last year that dominated the game, but they certainly aren’t pushovers.

Kam Chancellor is back, and has been a key factor to the defense. Cam Newton and the Panthers are on a roll, but they really haven’t played on any teams with a strong defense. So far they’ve beaten the Jaguars, the Texans, the Saints and the Buccaneers. Yes, going 4-0 is impressive but they haven’t really played a team who has presented a challenge.

Seattle, on the other hand, started off the season with the Rams and fell in overtime. But the Rams aren’t a joke. With arguably one of the best defensive lines in the league, it’s understandable. Making plays against a team with big names like Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn, and Alec Ogletree is no easy task. Not to mention offensive weapons like Todd Gurley, Jarod Cook, and the electric Tavon Austin. They also lost to the Packers, who have phenomenal quarterback Aaron Rodgers and recently lost to a surging Bengals team.

The Panthers have been winning, but off lousy teams. Meanwhile, Seattle has lost, but has been putting up fights against big-name teams in the league. This week, Seattle will rise to the challenge and beat the Panthers, improving to 3-3.

Update: Panthers won 27-23