The Seattle Seahawks play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in Week 3 of the 2023 season. Seattle and Carolina are both dealing with a bunch of injuries. While Seattle's final injury report ahead of the game was long, Carolina will definitely be without quarterback Bryce Young, cornerback Jaycee Horn, and linebacker Shaq Thompson. In other words, Carolina is worse off.
The Panthers are 0-2 but have a good defense. Their offense has been the issue. That said, Carolina could be better off with backup Andy Dalton against Seattle than they would have been with rookie Young.
Seattle lost to Carolina in 2022. The Panthers ran effectively and wouldn't allow explosive plays by Seattle. This might be the same way they win in Week 3 as well. But before the game starts, here is some news.
Seahawks future Hall of Famer Bobby Wagner makes a season-changing speech
After the Seahawks lost to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1, Seattle looked like an abject failure. The team was supposed to build off the 2022 campaign where they far exceeded expectations and then Seattle presumably added more talent this offseason. But against the Rams, Seattle looked as it was expected to appear at the beginning of the 2022 season. In other words, awful.
In the middle of last week, Bobby Wagner made a speech to the team and basically told people to stop feeling sorry for themselves. One season does not a season make and Wagner has been through enough seasons to know that. The Seahawks overall have a really young roster so a future Hall of Famer saying to get over themselves should definitely mean something.
Wagner also was recently on The Rich Eisen Show and told Eisen that one day Wagner could envision himself as the part-owner and team president of an NFL team. And Wagner even said that he would hope to be the part-owner of the team's colors he was wearing. That, of course, was the Seattle Seahawks.