The Seahawks improved to 4-3 Sunday with a 13-9 victory at Carolina. Here’s a roundup of media reaction after the game from the national media.
It was Seattle’s third win in as many years against the Panthers, all decided by five points or fewer. (Russell) Wilson delivered the winning touchdown pass in all three games.
“I’m telling you, it’s just the Achilles’ heel man. They keep nagging us,” Panthers cornerback Josh Norman said. “They end up making one more play than us, every single time. We just have to – every time we play those guys – make one more play than them because obviously it’s a defensive game.”
The Seahawks are being tried — after losses to the Cowboys and Rams; after the awkward Percy Harvin departure; after those reported complications regarding Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. A win against the Panthers only masks stated issues but nevertheless puts them on the back burner.
Albeit against a Panthers offense that’s hardly potent, the Seahawks’ defense needed that game. A nine on the scoreboard and a goose egg in the touchdown column is quite the relief for a unit that had allowed 23.3 points per game.
The rumors and speculation won’t go away. Sunday’s reports that Lynch’s presence is no longer desired makes for an interesting locker room dynamic with half a season remaining.
But a gritty victory on the road is a step in the right direction and a sign that, maybe, this team can set aside its apparent issues to be successful.
That’s pretty much the company line, that there’s no division in the locker room. (Russell) Wilson said so himself, just like coach Pete Carroll said it. (Richard) Sherman said it, too.
It was like “no division” was the phrase of the day.
How can they be so sure?
Sherman says there’s no validity to the Wilson hubbub because no one has claimed responsibility.
“Nobody’s taken any credit for it,” Sherman told USA TODAY Sports. “Anonymity is the greatest coward. It’s kind of frustrating that some B.S. story is overshadowing your season.”
… not to say all of these (Seahawks) players are better than the ones who replaced them, but the team the Seahawks fielded Sunday is not the one that took them to a Super Bowl a year ago.
Nevertheless, it was good enough to overcome a late-game deficit, keep the Panthers out of the end zone and end a two-game losing streak that had some people questioning their abilities and their commitment to each other.
Some of the newcomers are starting to make a difference.
At 4-3, the Seahawks have winnable games ahead against the Oakland Raiders and New York Giants. The key for the season is to be 7-3 in non-divisional games because the NFC West winner likely will have 10 or 11 wins. The Seahawks are 4-2 in non-division games thanks to Sunday’s save
The Seattle Seahawks know what they’re getting when they face Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. And they know how to contain him.
If the Seahawks are a divided and distracted team, they sure did a masterful job of hiding it Sunday afternoon.
Allegedly on the verge of disintegrating over the Percy Harvin trade and whether their quarterback was “black enough,” the defending Super Bowl champions blocked out the noise long enough to rally for a 13-9 win over the Panthers.
(Russell Wilson) also gift-wraps undeserved wins. That’s what he did Sunday when the Seahawks ended a two-game slide, beating the Carolina Panthers on the road 13-9.
The win came with a wretched smell, the kind that makes you roam the house wondering what died. That is exactly the sort of win a championship team pulls from the ashes.
The Seahawks looked right at home in the NFC South.
In an old school slugfest that should’ve been viewed on grainy black-and-white film augmented by a high-pitched, staccato voice-over, Seattle pulled out an ugly 13-9 victory, scoring the game’s only touchdown with 47 seconds remaining.
The Seahawks are still in the playoff mix with a half-season ahead of them that includes two games remaining against the 49ers. If they want to have any hope of establishing a Super Bowl dynasty, they are going to have to re-establish themselves against a tougher-than-average schedule.
The Seahawks avoided a third straight loss, but just barely.
The defending champions improved to 4-3 with a 13-9 win over the Panthers, on a day when both defenses looked competent — which was half unusual.
The Seahawks are still confused about their offensive identity. It’s a fair wonder if Seattle has already moved on from Marshawn Lynch, given the rumors that surfaced Sunday morning. The offense had a curious lack of Beast Mode missing from the formula today, putting the bulk of the workload on Russell Wilson to move the ball. Wilson’s a talented guy, but the decision not to give Lynch more carries in such a close game when he was running well (14 carries, 62 yards) is really dumbfounding. Fitting that a pass from Wilson to Lynch that should have been a touchdown bounced off the running back’s hands and ended up being intercepted.
Of course, it paid off when Wilson led the final scoring drive of the game.
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