MMQB: Panthers 13, Seahawks 10
This guy may have been in charge of play-calling.
This guy may have been in charge of play-calling.
Seahawks.NET
Posted Dec 16, 2007


While it’s tempting to say it was “just one of those games”, the same old problems seemed to have risen to the surface for this game, namely dropped passes, strange play calls and the total lack of a running game. The Seahawks will need to rebound with a better offensive performance next week to prove that this was the exception and not the rule.

Carolina Panthers 13 Seattle Seahawks 10
Sunday December 16, 2007
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC

Play Of The DayMatt Hasselbeck threw a desperation pass up for grabs that Deion Branch managed to tip to himself for Seahawks only touchdown.  Unfortunately, the score came with one second left on the clock and the game already out of reach. 

Handouts to the StandoutsBobby Engram was one of the few bright spots for the Seahawks on Sunday, grabbing 9 passes for 84 yards and topping the 1,000 yard mark the first time in his career.  Engram also recovered a Shaun Alexander fumble that kept a drive alive in the second half of the game.

Long snapper Jeff Robinson, signed early last week, put each and every one of his snaps right on the money and both Josh Brown and Ryan Plackemeier had better outings than they’ve had in weeks.

Things That Made Me Go “Blech”Chris Gray was beaten badly on the first two running plays of the game for the Seattle offense setting the tone for a very long afternoon indeed.

Not be outdone, Rob Sims was schooled all afternoon by Kris Jenkins.

Leonard Weaver dropped two passes; both with room to run in front of him, and one killed a drive in Panthers territory.

The Seattle offense punted 4 times on the opponent’s side of the 50. 

Offense:  The running game was non-existent.  The passing game was erratic and fraught with dropped passes.  The offensive line play was atrocious.

And if you think I’m being too harsh on the team … here’s your first half possessions – Punt, Punt, Punt,  Punt, Punt, Punt.  The first three possessions were 3 & outs.  The fourth ended after an end around failed on 3rd and short.  The fifth drive ended on a dropped pass on third and shortThe sixth on an incomplete pass.  This is what happens to a team that can’t run the ball.

Oh, and it was windy, which seemed to bother Seattle a lot more than it bothered Carolina.

Defense:  Zero sacks, zero interceptions, and zero fumbles.  The usually opportunistic Seattle defense just couldn’t seem to shift into high gear on Sunday morning.  Although they didn’t play a bad game, only yielding points in fourth quarter after being left on the field for most of the day by the inept offense, they were unable to generate the kind of pressure in the passing game that has been the team’s hallmark all season.  Credit must be given to Panthers tackle Jordan Gross, who was simply masterful against Patrick Kerney, the NFL’s sack leader heading into week 15. 

Deon Grant and Brian Russell were both strong in stuffing the run and the secondary did a good job keeping everything in front of them. 

Special Teams:  It would appear that the long-snapper had quite a bit to do with the troubles in the kicking game.  Ryan Plackemeier, who was playing awfully over the last few weeks, was much improved, pinning the Panthers inside their own 10 yard line three times.  Josh Brown hit his only field goal attempt of the day, albeit a chip shot.  The kick and punt return coverage teams also showed some improvement and Nate Burleson still looks sharp on returns.

The Golden Microphone Award:  I’ll give Dick Stockton and Brian Baldinger a pass on this game.  I don’t think anyone could have made the first three quarters of this game interesting. 

Random NotesKelly Jennings make a great defensive play on the Panthers second drive of the game that prevented a touchdown.  Carolina would miss the FG in the heavy wind on the next play.

Deon Grant and Marcus Trufant had double coverage downfield on a flea-flicker.  Either it was heady football or great closing speed.  In any case, they were there and prevented a big gain.

Summary:  While it’s tempting to say it was “just one of those games”, the same old problems seemed to have risen to the surface for this game, namely dropped passes, strange play calls and the total lack of a running game.  The Seahawks will need to rebound with a better offensive performance next week to prove that this was the exception and not the rule.

Next Week:  The Regular Season Home Finale.

Dylan is a die-hard Seahawks fan trapped in Eagles Country and firmly believes that “Live At Leeds” is the single greatest live performance since a deaf Ludwig Van debuted his final symphony in Vienna in 1824.  You can e-mail Dylan at NJSeahawksFan@gmail.com .



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