The Seattle Seahawks earned their first victory of the season over the high-flying Detroit Lions in overtime last Sunday 37-31. Their offense played well despite not having two of their starting tackles. Geno Smith threw for 328 yards and two touchdown passes (including the game-winner to Tyler Lockett). Although Kenneth Walker III did not have a big day on the ground, he did rush for two critical touchdowns.
The Seahawks also did a good job of creating turnovers on defense to create offense. Tre Brown returned an interception for a touchdown and Uchenna Nwosu forced a fumble which the 'Hawks defense recovered. Each turnover led to points for the Seahawks and made the difference in Seattle's win over Detroit.
In Week 3, the Seahawks will need to play better than they did against the Lions. Even though the Seahawks defense came up with two pivotal turnovers, they still gave up 418 yards of total offense, and 31 points. The Panthers currently have one of the worst offenses in football, scoring just 27 points combined in each of their first two games. In their previous match up 2022, the Seahawks gave up 30 points to the Panthers, along with 223 rushing yards. The Seahawks rushing defense has improved this year. Sunday will be another test to see how far Seattle has come at stopping the run.
3 Seattle Seahawks that need to step in Week 3 versus the Carolina Panthers
Also, the Seahawks offensive line will be put to the test again, likely playing without each of their starting tackles. Seattle allowed three sacks against the Panthers back in 2022, and that was with a healthy Abe Lucas and Charles Cross. The Seahawks are hoping to be better against a strong defensive front posed by Carolina. Seattle did a good job of protecting Geno Smith against the Lions in Week 2, only allowing just one sack. Carolina's defense could present a more challenging front to deal with for the Seahawks backup tackles this week.
The Seahawks face new challenges in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers. How they handle those challenges will be critical to whether they build off last Sunday's win or take a step back. Here are three Seahawks who could have the answer to the problems the Panthers will pose to the Seahawks in Week 3.