Seahawks bring out worst in Newton
Cam Newton, whose lowest passing yardage games came against Seattle in 2012 and 2013, fell to 0-3 against the Seahawks. Newton played well in spurts Sunday, but his two turnovers were the result of poor decisions. The red-zone fumble, when he tried to pull the ball back from Jonathan Stewart on a zone-read play, was a killer. It didn’t help that he spent a lot of the afternoon picking himself off the turf.
Olsen needs more than three targets
Greg Olsen entered the game with 493 receiving yards, most among tight ends, on 41 catches, which tied for the league lead at the position. But he caught only one pass Sunday – a 16-yarder on a throwback pass. Olsen has been the Panthers’ most reliable receiver all season. They needed to find a way to get him the ball.
The defense played with more energy
After getting gashed the past two weeks, the Panthers defense played closer to the level that was expected of it before the season. It lost contain on Russell Wilson on a couple of plays, including a 14-yard scramble on the winning drive. But defenders – particularly cornerback Josh Norman and linebackers Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly – were flying to the ball. Norman’s return after a two-game absence was a boost to the secondary.