By: Josh Buck
WILMINGTON, NC Jan. 6, 2015 – On to the next round! The Panthers have successfully defended home field last weekend against the Cardinals in a 27-16 victory to move on to the Divisional Round against the Seattle Seahawks. The Panthers defense played an incredible game holding the Cardinals to only 78 offensive yards all game. Although the Panthers celebrated for their win it must be short lived. They have a lot of preparing to do for the Seahawks in Seattle.
The Panthers do have a little bit of history with this team. They played last year on September 8 and again this year on October 26 and even though the Panthers held fourth quarter leads in each of those games the Seahawks were able to come away with the win both times. But the key to each of these close matchups is location. Both games were played in Charlotte. This weekends game is in Seattle. Home of the 12th man. Home of the defending Super Bowl Champions. Home of a team that has only lost two games in their last 18 matchups in Century Link Stadium. This makes winning this weekend a very Herculean task for Super Cam and the rest of the Panthers.
Seattle has been very impressive at home this year winning 7 out of 8 and keeping their opponents to only 179.8 yards per game. In order for the Panthers to have success they must lean heavily on the run game. Between Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton, at least 175 rushing yards must be acquired in order for even a little room to be had in the passing game. With this dominating defense and very loud crowd noise I see the Panthers offense struggling very mightily and they end up falling this weekend. Marshawn Lynch will have a very dominate game, Russell Wilson will throw a touchdown and the Seahawks will cruise 29-10.