Stats of the Week: Carolina vs. Seattle

Matchup Notes

Carolina Panthers play against the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional playoff game at Century Link Field on Saturday, January 10, 2015 in Seattle, WA.
  • Carolina trails the all-time series with Seattle, 4-8. The Panthers are 3-3 at home all-time against the Seahawks. Seven of the 12 meetings have been decided by seven points or fewer. Sunday will be the eighth meeting between the teams since 2012, whereas they only played five times between 1995-2011.
  • Cam Newton is on pace to break a number of personal and franchise records, including:
Table inside Article
Category 2018 Previous Personal Best (Year) Franchise Record
Passer Rating 102.7 99.4 (2015) 99.4
Completion Percentage 68.4 61.7 (2013) 63.0
Completions/game 22.5 19.4 (2011) 21.4
Sacks taken/game 2.00 2.06 (2015) 1.25
Interceptions thrown/game 0.6 0.6 (2015) 0.6
  • Christian McCaffrey has tallied 1,128 scrimmage yards this season, ranking ninth in the NFL. He is on pace to break DeAngelo Williams' franchise record of 1,636 scrimmage yards set in 2008.
  • DJ Moore set a franchise record for the most receiving yards by a rookie wide receiver with 157 against Detroit. On the season, he averages 9.6 yards after the catch per reception, the second-most among all wide receivers in the NFL.
  • Sunday features a matchup of two of the best linebackers over the last six years. Since 2012, Luke Kuechly (901) and Seattle's Bobby Wagner (850) rank first and second, respectively, in tackles in the NFL.
  • The Panthers have won 10 straight games at home, tied with New England for the longest active home winning streak in the NFL.

Upcoming Milestones

Julius Peppers

Panthers players have a number of career milestones that could be in reach for Sunday's game:

  • Julius Peppers (158.5) needs two sacks to pass Kevin Greene (160.0) for the third-most sacks in NFL history since it became a statistic in 1982.
  • Cam Newton needs one rushing touchdown for his eighth straight season with at least five rushing touchdowns, joining Eddie George and Thurman Thomas in a tie for the fifth-longest streak.
  • Cam Newton has now thrown for at least two touchdown passes in nine consecutive games, lengthening his franchise record. He can tie his own franchise record of 10 games with a single touchdown pass with one against Seattle.
  • Cam Newton has also tallied a passer rating over 100 in five straight games, setting a new franchise record. If Newton goes over 100 against Seattle, it would tie for the fourth-longest streak over 100 in the NFL since 2008.
  • Greg Olsen (7,823) needs 96 receiving yards to pass Jackie Smith (7,918) for seventh all-time in receiving yards among tight ends.
  • Devin Funchess (158) needs five receptions to pass Jonathan Stewart (162) for ninth place all-time in catches in franchise history.

Notable Connections

Shaq Thompson
  • Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll served as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at North Carolina State from 1980-82. Panthers players Ryan Kalil, Matt Kalil and Wes Horton played for Carroll when he coached at Southern Cal.
  • Panthers assistant special teams coach Heath Farwell played for the Seahawks from 2011-14, and began his professional coaching career with the Seahawks in 2016.
  • Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner spent eight seasons with Carolina as a pro scout.
  • Seahawks tight end Ed Dickson played with the Panthers from 2014-17.
  • Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson played collegiately at the University of Washington in Seattle.
  • Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson attended North Carolina State for part of his college career, where he played both football and baseball. During his baseball career, Wilson went on to play a season with the Asheville Tourists, the Class A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies located in Asheville, N.C.
  • Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy is from Mooresville, N.C., and played at North Carolina State.
  • Seahawks wide receiver Jaron Brown is a native of Cheraw, S.C., and played collegiately at Clemson.
  • Seahawks defensive tackle Poona Ford is from Hilton Head, S.C.
  • Seahawks defensive tackle Nazair Jones is from Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and played collegiately at North Carolina.
  • Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed is a native of Goldsboro, N.C.
  • Seahawks running back Mike Davis went to South Carolina.

Carolina has played Seattle seven times since 2013. The Seahawks lead the all-time series 8-4.

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