Sunday's contest at Lumen Field between Seattle and the visiting Carolina Panthers will close a week dedicated to commemorating the anniversary of your 2013 Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seahawks. In search of their first win of the year, Carolina will look to spoil the festivities, while the Seahawks are looking to win a second straight game. Here are six things to know about Seattle's Week 3 opponent.
No.1 Pick Sidelined: Bryce Young Expected to be Out with Ankle Injury
In April, Carolina selected Alabama quarterback Bryce Young No. 1 overall in the 2023 draft. But, veteran Andy Dalton has taken all first-team snaps this week, following Young missing two practices with an ankle injury. The rookie suffered the injury during the first half of Carolina's 20-17 Week 2 loss to the New Orleans Saints, but continued playing. The 35-year-old Dalton is at his fourth stop since 2020, spending time with the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints after nine seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. In 2022, Dalton led the Saints to a 39-32 win over the Seahawks.
Frankie Luvu: A Homecoming of Sorts
Panthers linebacker Frankie Luvu returns to the Pacific Northwest this weekend after playing at Washington State from 2014-2017. The American Samoan and Fijian went undrafted in 2018, before being picked up by the New York Jets. After three seasons, Luvu signed with the Panthers in 2021, but truly emerged last season. In 2022, Luvu recorded a career-high seven sacks, along with a forced fumble and his first interception. After two games, Luvu leads Carolina with 2.5 sacks. Seattle's offense will look to keep the versatile linebacker away from quarterback Geno Smith.
Brian Burns: Sack Chaser
Panthers linebacker Brian Burns is off to a fast start career-wise off the edge, reaching his 40th sack in Week 2 in just five seasons. In four consecutive seasons since being drafted in 2019, Burns has recorded seven-plus sacks. In 2022, the Florida State alum notched a career-high 12.5 sacks. Now through two games, Burns already has two sacks and a forced fumble.
Hayden Hurst: Catching History
In Week 1, tight end Hayden Hurst had the honor of catching Young's first-career passing touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons. Currently ranking second on the team in receptions (8), the sixth-year South Carolina alum became a reliable target for the rookie immediately. It's possible the trend of targeting the 30-year-old will continue Sunday, which Seattle's defense will look to neutralize.
Adam Thielen: New Year; Same Results
After 9 years as a leading wideout for his hometown Minnesota Vikings, Adam Thielen signed a three-year deal with Carolina in March. Through two weeks, the Minnesota State alum leads the team in receptions (9) and receiving yards (66). With 11 targets thus far, Thielen could be a potential weapon for Dalton to seek early.
Miles Sanders: One-Way from Pennsylvania
After a decorated career at Penn State and four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh native Miles Sanders opted to head south in free agency to Carolina in March. Despite leading the team with 115 rushing yards, Carolina's slow start has seen Sanders averaging a career-low 3.6 yards per carry. Sanders looks to score the first rushing touchdown on the year for Carolina this weekend.
The Seahawks and Panthers face off on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023. Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. PT. Take a look back through history at the Seahawks' matchups against the Panthers.