Take a look at what the Carolina Panthers (4-7) are saying about the Seattle Seahawks (7-3-1) before the two teams meet on Sunday Night Football in Week 13 at CenturyLink Field.
Head Coach Ron Rivera
(On facing the Seahawks so frequently...) "The challenge with them is just playing them. They're such a good football team, they're well coached and they're a physical bunch. They play with high energy, they take on their head coach's personality. They've got a quarterback that wins games and they've got a dynamic group on defense. It's just them, they're a good football team."
(On what he studied about Pete Carroll specifically...)"Just reading stuff. There's a lot that has been written on their success with those back to back years. I try to look up those things on the internet and delve through certain things and read some of the things that he's done. Coach [Carroll] is a tremendously successful coach. A young coach. You'd be nuts not to try to pay attention to the things that he says or he's done."
LB Thomas Davis
(On what he expects from the Seahawks...)"They're the typical Seahawks. They're a tough, hard-nosed football team. I feel like they're a team that's driven definitely by their defense but not to be outdone by their offense. You think about what they have offensively, they don't have Marshawn [Lynch] anymore and they kind of played musical chairs with the running back position. They're bringing guys in that are capable of going out and putting up big numbers. You look at what [C.J.] Prosise was able to do, what he was able to do before he got injured, I think the kid was on the verge of being something really special and they may get him back. He's going to be dynamic for their offense. They have [Thomas] Rawls back now and we know what kind of a weapon he can be and the challenges he can present for our defense. With all that said, they still have the man that's running the show in Russell [Wilson] and those guys on the outside getting the job done. We understand what kind of chance we have in front of both and we know that we can't look at this type of game with the indication of what kind of football team Seattle is, because they play much different at home."
(On if there's any takeaways from how Tampa Bay beat the Seahawks...)"I think first and foremost they did a really good job of making them one-dimensional. When you look at what they were able to do in the running game and their D-line did a tremendous job of getting after the quarterback. That's kind of how you have to approach this game, and if you can get pressure with the front four and have guys to sit back and cover, that's going to make your day a lot easier. That's not always the case when you're dealing with Russell [Wilson] and what he's able to do. That's a quarterback spot where his legs running around creates plays for their offense. We understand that and we know it's going to take a team effort to beat these guys this weekend. We have to be up for the challenge."
(On Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright...) "I think those guys are two of the top tandems in the league. I think they're two of the best players at their position, at inside linebacker, outside linebacker, I love the way they play the game. They go out, play hard week in and week out. They do a good job of working together and I think they are a lot like what me and Luke [Kuechly] try to do every week."
(On Cliff Avril...) "I run into Cliff a lot. Cliff actually lives right around the corner from me. We definitely run into each other a lot. I think Cliff is a great guy, he's a tremendous player."
(On whether he gave Cliff Avril a hard time over the offseason...) "I can't talk a whole lot of trash to him, because if you look at the way that they had going the previous three, four years, they still had the upper hand on us. I'm not doing a whole lot of trash talking to him. Plus I don't do a whole lot of trash talking, anyways."
CB Leonard Johnson
(On playing a primetime game against one of the top teams in the NFC…) "We've just got to come out, put a complete game together, and put our best foot forward."
(On the defensive focus this week…) "The focus this week is just putting all of the pieces of the puzzle together and just staying consistent on the back end and playing complimentary football. I think once we play complimentary football in all three phases, everything else will work out really well."
TE Greg Olsen
(On playing against the Seahawks with injuries at multiple positions…) "Injuries are part of the game. Nobody feels sorry for you. There is still going to be a game on Sunday. Seattle doesn't care. Just have to keep rolling."
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The Seahawks and the Panthers have faced off 12 times, including three postseason matchups. The Seahawks currently own eight wins in the series and will play the Panthers again this Sunday in Week 12 of the 2018 NFL season.