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September 08, 2013

Halftime: Carolina leads Seattle 7-3

The Panthers regular-season offense looks very little like the Panthers’ preseason offense.

Cam Newton is finding his targets, DeAngelo Williams is running the ball well and Carolina executed in the red zone in the first half of Sunday’s season-opener against Seattle. The Panthers lead Seattle 7-3 at halftime.

Greg Olsen overcame two dropped passes in the first half to haul in a 27-yard pass and get the Panthers in the red zone. From there, Steve Smith took over.

The 11th-year wide receiver fought for a first down in the red zone on third down, then he caught a Newton 3-yard touchdown pass on a crossing route.

Newton is 10-for-14 for 87 yards and one touchdown while being sacked once. Williams has provided balance to the Panthers’ offense with 39 yards on eight touches.

Fortunately for the Panthers, their defense looks just like it did in the preseason. Seattle’s longest drive, a 15-play, 74-yard drive that lasted 8:47, ended with a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter.

On the Seahawks’ next trip to the red zone inside of 2 minutes, defensive end Charles Johnson sacked Russell Wilson and forced a fumble, which Johnson recovered.

One lowlight for the Panthers: Charles Godfrey came in on a safety blitz inside of 2 minutes and sacked Wilson for a loss of 13. After the play, reserve defensive end Frank Alexander hit tackle Breno Giacomini in the head, drawing a flag that gave Seattle a fresh set of downs and getting himself disqualified from the game.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on September 8, 2013 at 02:24 PM | Permalink


I refuse to keep pumping hard earned money into a team that will not, WILL NOT win games. Done buying tickets and done listening to the hype of that this team under Rivera and Cam Newton (offense was never a threat)

Posted by: paul | Sep 8, 2013 3:54:30 PM

I just wonder...just wonder... how it feels to live in a city with an NFL TEAM that has a winning record.

Posted by: zoom | Sep 8, 2013 4:15:01 PM

WOW! I predicted 20-13 Sea Chickens this offense is worse than I thought ,so looks like ,if the team can't limp past The Bills in wing city it's 0-3 into the bye week ,and Aaron Murray is looking good as our new QB next year Along with Nick Saban as head coach!

Posted by: Panthers1995 | Sep 8, 2013 4:49:48 PM

Great game Cam! I love you booboo!
Keep up the good work Mr. Richardson!
We lost this game because of Armani! HE sucks!

Posted by: MP ASU 2003 | Sep 8, 2013 9:59:11 PM

It is what it is. Another loss by the Panthers in the 4th Qtr. If we go 0-3 in September, then expect Ron Rivera to be gone before the end of October. Armond Smith should be cut ASAP. It is what it is...John Fox.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Sep 9, 2013 4:11:59 AM

Done with this team! Sell the team....turn the stadium into a parking lot!

Posted by: Dl | Sep 9, 2013 6:54:41 AM

I am sick of Cam celebration on a simple first down and at the end of the game it is another loss. Grow up and play football. The coach needs to go!

Posted by: Chris | Sep 9, 2013 1:25:52 PM

rivera calling the passing "too conservative" is a joke.

too conservative is not letting your 6-5 250 pound QB go for it on 4th and inches at midfield. tom brady doesn't even look to the sideline in those situations....dude just hurries to the line and sneaks it to move the chains. and he isn't the guy we have. we have arguably the best running quartback in nfl history (especially short yardage) and we aren't utilizing that at all.

that's head coaches call, not the play calling. play calling was great yesterday. i was extremely impressed.

game was lost on williams fumble, the punt fiasco, not going for it on 4th and inches, and seattle making 1 great play on the deep ball.

we went to the wire with the team everyone thinks is the best in football. no need to change anything except the details.

we only had 7 possessions the whole game.....1 touchdown, 1 fumble inside the 10, and 5 punts. on those 5 punts, seattle's starting field position was: 5, 25 (after a 22 yard return), 17, 35 (after a 15 yard penalty) and 26 after the other penalty where it would have been at the 10. that was extremely solid.

you cut those penalties and the critical fumble, nobody is questioning the play calling after a win against seattle.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 9, 2013 7:02:26 PM

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