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, where winning in the trenches is all that matters. Before we begin, we open with the reciting of our usual motto:In the spirit of Mr. Gettleman’s words (regardless of him having moved on) and the philosophy of building a team from the inside out, my goal will be to watch the hog mollies each game during the season and give them a grade based on their performance. This week we will look at uplifting win over the Cincinnati Bengals where the Panthers improve to 2-1 on the season heading into their early bye week. Like the game before it, this game wasn’t at all what we expected given the events of the week prior. Both sets of Hog Mollies came to play, even against a daunting opponent on both sides of the ball.Offensive Hog MolliesYards per Carry: 5.6, season: 5.5 (3rd, NFL)Yards per Play: 5.8, season: 5.8 (14th, NFL)Sacks allowed: 1, season: 6 (T-14th, NFL)Third downs converted: 6 of 13 or 46%, season: 42% (13th C.J. Anderson Jersey
, NFL)Rating: 5 out of 5 Pigs in a Cam Newton blanketThe Carolina Panthers currently lead the league in average rushing yards per game and are third overall in yards per carry while consistently being down at least three of their expected starting linemen. I can’t overstate home phenomenal that is. Credit is shared by the hogs and the excellent offensive backfield behind them for this achievement. Even more phenomenal perhaps, is the fact that they only gave up one sack against one of the more talented front fours in the NFL, and kept pressure to a minimum on the day.Here’s a very brief sack report:1st Sack: Q4 11:59, 1st & 10, CAR 31 - The only sack of the game could have been a game changing disaster. Chris Clark succeeds on initial contact one on one vs. Carlos Dunlap, but eventually allows him by on an outside speed rush. The angle is just enough for Dunlap to reach out and get a hand on Cam Newton’s throwing arm as he cocks back for a throw. The ball comes out, thankfully it takes a Carolina bounce off a Cincinnati defender’s chest and Cam somehow ends up with it again.The bye week comes at an opportune time for the offensive line, as hopefully it will be enough time for Trai Turner to clear the concussion protocol. It should be noted that Tyler Larsen has done an excellent job filling in for him though. This was also a bounce back game for Greg Van Roten and Ryan Kalil, who struggled a bit against the Falcons. Van Roten was particularly brilliant on the day, helping lead the charge on a Cam Newton rushing touchdown and C.J. Anderson receiving touchdown.Chris Clark continues to be really good as far as the expectations go for a guy who would still be available to play left tackle once the season starts. The Panthers continue to trust him without much help on that left side, and though he surrendered the most pressure of any lineman, it was well within an acceptable range. On the other side Russell Color Rush Shepard Jersey
, Taylor Moton continues to be outstanding, and is making a great case for a Pro Bowl bid.Defensive Hog MolliesYards per Carry: 5.1, season: 4.9 (26th, NFL)Yards per Play: 6.7, season: 6.0 (26th, NFL)Sacks given: 2, season: 8 (T-9th, NFL)Third down allowed %: 4 of 10 or 40%, season: 38% (T-14th, NFL)Rating: 4 out of 5 Disruptive SnortsmanThis week is a great example of why they don’t play the game on paper. Statistically, allowing five yards a carry and seven yards a play is pretty bad, evidenced by the team’s season rankings. However Luke Kuechly Color Rush Jersey
, crunch time sacks like those delivered by Efe Obada yesterday (one credited, and one that became an incompletion on review) have far more reaching impacts. Just look at the play Carlos Dunlap made for the Bengals. That could have completely flipped the game result, had they recovered the fumble.Another thing that doesn’t show up on stat sheets are eye-based statistics like pressure generated, and the effect of pressure in a quarterback’s face. To that end, it was an extremely uncomfortable day for Andy Dalton, and the entire rotation more or less contributed. Kyle Love and Vernon Butler both had bounce back days, showing that maintaining effectiveness while they are on the field is crucial to our success. The interception counter was just as much a hog molly achievement as a defensive backs one... but particularly in one very impressive case...Hog Molly of the Week: Efe ObadaTo the tune of Obladi Oblada by The Beatles...Rivera has Marquise on the inactive list...Efe is your Sunday man.Rivera says to Efe man I like your face...Efe does the best he can.Oba dee Obada on the lawn bra...La-La Efe on the lawn.Andy D Andy Da on the ground bra...La-La Andy on the ground.This is probably the easiest award I’ll hand out all season. Obada made a name for himself, picking a really good day to have a career day. He effectively registered two sacks on Andy Dalton, and a game changing heads up interception. Some people are already crowning him the future of the Panthers pass rush, and while I would caution against that, it was an awesome step for a guy whose road to the NFL has been a strange and difficult one. But, there are some perks when you’re a very raw prospect like Obada. If your first real knowledge of the game comes from professional coaching Ryan Kalil Color Rush Jersey
, there are a lot fewer bad habits to break. I for one hope this is a sign of things to come, and I’m sure Rivera will factor him more heavily into the rotation going forward. SEATTLE (5-5) at CAROLINA (6-4)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOXOPENING LINE — Panthers by 3 1/2 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Seattle 6-3-1, Carolina 5-5SERIES RECORD — Seahawks lead series 8-4LAST MEETING — Seahawks beat Panthers 40-7, Dec. 4, 2016LAST WEEK — Seahawks beat Packers 27-24; Panthers lost to Lions 20-19AP PRO32 RANKING — Seahawks No. 11, Panthers No. 9SEAHAWKS OFFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (1), PASS (27)SEAHAWKS DEFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (17), PASS (t-11)PANTHERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (15) Graham Gano Jersey
, RUSH (7), PASS (22)PANTHERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (8), PASS (21)STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES —Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is 5-2 vs. Panthers, averaging 270.3 yards passing per game with 11 TDs and six INTs. … Wilson has nine TD passes and one interception for 136.7 QB rating in past three road games. … RBs Chris Carson, Mike Davis and Rashaad Penny lead NFL's top-ranked rushing attack at 154.3 yards per game. … WR Tyler Lockett ran for 75-yard TD in last meeting. … TE Nick Vannett looks for third TD in four weeks. … DE Frank Clark has seven sacks in past five weeks, including two vs. Packers. … LB Bobby Wagner leads NFL in tackles since 2014 with 592. … Rams will clinch NFC West title if Seahawks lose. … Panthers have won 10 straight games at home. … Carolina has plus-10 turnover differential at home. … Panthers have gone 51 games without going to overtime. … QB Cam Newton has at least two TD passes in nine straight games. … In past four home games, Newton has 11 combined TDs and two INTs. …RB Christian McCaffrey has at least 100 yards from scrimmage in past three games. … WR D.J. Moore set Panthers rookie record with 157 yards receiving last week vs. Lions. … WR Curtis Samuel has three TDs in past three games at home. … TE Greg Olsen has four TDs in last five games. … DE Mario Addison has 7 ½ sacks and three forced fumbles in past eight home games. … CB Donte Jackson leads all rookies with four INTs. … K Graham Gano has made 39 straight FGs at home. His last miss was Oct. 10, 2016… Fantasy tip: In seven career games vs. Seahawks (including playoffs), Cam Newton has only six TDs passing with five interceptions and four fumbles. He's averaged 185 yards passing.