(1090 The Fan) – The Seahawks open the regular season on the road for the tenth time in the last 14 seasons as they travel to Carolina this weekend for the first of five 10 a.m. kickoffs in 2013.
Though the Panthers aren’t expected to be an elite team this season, it is never easy to open a season on the road, let alone on the east coast.
Carolina won five of its last six games in the 2012 campaign to finish 7-9 for the year. And in those five victories, the Panthers averaged more than 30 points — including 30 against the Atlanta Falcons.
The mobility of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will ultimately dictate whether Carolina can get past the Seahawks defense. Newton’s accuracy tumbled in the second half of the 2012 season, significantly dropping his completion percentage. However, Newton’s ability to dart out of the backfield into open territory was a threat all year long. In the win against Atlanta on December 9, Newton rushed for 116 yards on just nine attempts. One of those runs he took in for six.
Sunday’s matchup is the sixth between the two franchises (in the regular season) — Seattle won the last meeting in 2012 by a score of 16-12.
The teams also faced off once in the postseason with Seattle defeating Carolina, 34-14 in the 2005 NFC Championship Game.
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