Rapid Reaction: Seahawks 12, Panthers 7

September, 8, 2013
9/08/13
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- My observations on the Seattle Seahawks' 12-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

What it means: That the Seahawks can find a way to win. Seattle couldn’t run the football on the Panthers' defense. The Seattle defense was missing four key players: defensive ends Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril, cornerback Brandon Browner and defensive end/linebacker Bruce Irvin. But the Seahawks held Cam Newton and the Panthers to one touchdown.

Stock watch: Not sure how he can move up much more, but quarterback Russell Wilson got it done in the passing game when the Panthers knew Seattle couldn’t run the football. Moving down has to be the Seattle rushing attack, which was terrible most of the day. A lot of the blame has to go to the men up front.

Groundless game: Seattle managed to pull out a victory on a day when it had almost no running game. There was no Beast Mode for Marshawn Lynch. More like Least Mode. But Wilson did just enough to get the victory, including a 43-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse.

What was that about a 10 a.m. PT curse? The Seahawks entered the game 19-34 over the past 12 seasons in road games that started at 10 a.m. PT. And they were 1-3 in their last four road openers. Neither stat mattered this time.

Booming kicker: Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka made two field goals, and he also kept the Panthers from returning a single kickoff by booming each one into the back of the end zone.

What’s next: The Seahawks have a home opener with hype and buzz like few others in the past when the San Francisco 49ers come to CenturyLink Field for a Sunday night game among the two NFC West favorites.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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