The Carolina Panthers at 5-8 don’t have much in the way of playoffs hopes remaining, but if they were to pull off a miracle and sneak into the postseason, it would have to start with a win over the NFC West Champion Seattle Seahawks Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. The two teams will do battle Sunday and one of the big questions about this matchup simply will be – can the Panthers find some offense? Anywhere?
Last week the Panthers were beaten every which way by the Jags, as they fell on the road 37-6. Not like things are going much better at home, where the team is 1-5 entering Sunday. The Hawks wrapped up the West last week as they topped the Cardinals 42-21, and QB Matt Hasselbeck is playing at a high level, last week throwing four scores in the win.
The turnaround for the Hawks, who have won five straight, came when coach Mike Holmgren decided that running the football to set up the pass is not the way to go, and he opened up the offense to allow Hasselbeck pass first and run second. That type of offense was the key to the turnarourd, and you can bet we’ll see it tomorrow in Carolina.
The Panthers will be hard pressed to find points once again, as either Vinny Testaverde or Matt Moore will be at QB, and it’ll be hard for either to do much. Look for the Hawks, despite having not much to play for, to control the game with their offense, do more then enough on defense, and walk away 10-4 from Bank of America Stadium.