The Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers are set to clinch the NFC South title with a win Sunday night at AT&T Stadium.
Here are a few more key takeaways from the Seahawks’ 28-24 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night.1.
How bad is Cam Newton?
Newton’s stat line is a major question mark.
The Seahawks quarterback completed just eight of 19 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown, completing just two of seven throws for 36 yards.
It was his second straight week without a touchdown.
Newton has completed just four of 13 passes this season.
His other touchdown was a 36-yarder in Week 3.2.
Will the Seahawks have to play without Russell Wilson for the rest of the season?
Wilson is questionable for the remainder of the regular season with a concussion.
If Wilson is out, the Seahawks will need Russell Wilson, a fifth-year veteran who is coming off a breakout season, to lead the offense.3.
Can the Seahawks get to the playoffs without Cam Newton for the final three weeks?
The Panthers have won just two games since Newton returned to the lineup last season, including their 27-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
But the Seahawks won’t have to wait long for the playoffs.
They will need to win out in the final two weeks of the NFL season to get there.4.
How will the Panthers handle Russell Wilson?
Wilson was a dominant player for Carolina last season but this season, he has struggled.
He threw for just 857 yards and two touchdowns against a stout Dallas defense.
Wilson has thrown four interceptions in the past two games.
Wilson’s stat lines against the Cowboys and Giants last season were very similar, but he threw for only 694 yards and four touchdowns.
If the Panthers are able to shut down Wilson in the first half of the game, they should be in good shape.5.
Is the Seahawks offense a better pass-first team?
The Seahawks have the third-best passing offense in the NFL, and they were second in the league in yards per attempt last season.
They averaged 9.9 yards per carry and scored only 19 points per game.
The Panthers have the league’s best scoring offense and the NFL’s top defense, but the Seahawks defense will be more dangerous on the ground.6.
What’s the biggest thing to watch in Sunday’s game?
The defense will get its chance to prove it’s capable of stopping the Seahawks, and Newton is no doubt going to be a factor.
If Seattle is able to win this game, the Panthers have a shot at the NFC Championship Game.7.
Will Russell Wilson play for the first time since his concussion?
Wilson said he has a concussion but didn’t say whether he will play.
It will be interesting to see if the quarterback is able the first two games of the playoffs, or if he will be limited to one game.8.
What about the injury to Michael Bennett?
Bennett was ruled out Sunday, so he’ll be a game-time decision.
Bennett has missed the last two games with a knee injury.
He is not expected to play against the Seahawks.9.
Will Marshawn Lynch be able to return for the NFC championship game?
Lynch is expected to be fine, but it will be a different story against the Panthers.
Lynch had his ankle sprain against the Cardinals and played just one snap against the Saints, which is why he was limited.
Lynch was a full participant in practice Monday, but no game time has been announced.10.
How many rushing touchdowns did the Seahawks lead Sunday?
The team led the league with 479 rushing yards, and Seattle had 13 rushing touchdowns.