5 Panthers Lessons from Seahawks vs Packers


The NFL Season started last night with the Seattle Seahawks beating the Green Bay Packers 36-16 in Seattle. The important for Panthers fans is that both teams are on the Panthers schedule. So here are 5 lessons that the Panthers need to learn from Seahawks vs Packers.

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1.You Can Run on the Green Bay 3-4

It turns out that losing BJ Raji was a big deal to the Packers. Marshawn Lynch found holes in lots of situations getting twenty carries for 110 yards and two rushing touchdowns. The Panthers need to take note of this weakness in the Packers and exploit it with Jonathan Stewart when they go Lambeau.

2.The Green Bay offensive line is patchwork

It may seem like the pot calling the kettle black here, but Green Bay lost tackle Bryan Bulaga during the game with the Seahawks and the backup Sherrod looked overmatched by Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. Fast forward to the game against Carolina, and substitute Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson and hopefully the same effect can be replicated. Rodgers had very little time to operate in the pocket.

Sep 4, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Fans hold up signs for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (not pictured) during the pre game warm up prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

3.Percy Harvin is healthy

Harvin was only healthy for the Super Bowl last year. The Packers seemed to have no answer for Harvin when the Seahawks ran the jet sweep. Having a strategy to deal with Percy Harvin wwill be critical for the Panthers when the Seahawks come to town.

4.Richard Sherman plays the same side of the field

This is not unique to the Seahawks, as some teams try to match up their best defender on your number 1 receiver, but others have designated positions that do not change. The Packers almost never lined Jordy Nelson up with Sherman covering. This did limit the amount of field they could use, but I could see the Panthers doing something similar with Kelvin Benjamin

5.Julius Peppers was contemplating a return to Charlotte, until Green Bay called

This came up in a conversation between Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth. I had personally wondered if Peppers would consider being the third man in Carolina to finish his career, but I did not think he was actually considering it. Oh, well.

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