Marshawn Lynch: “I’m ready.”
Luke Willson also looks like he will return.
Russell Wilson and presumed MVP Cam Newton (he has Wilson’s nonexistent vote) have been en fuego.
The teams have more in common than just dynamic quarterbacks.
Kam Chancellor had perhaps the best game of his career vs. Carolina in last season’s divisional playoff game. Can he repeat it?
Pete Carroll said he doesn’t care if tight ends catch balls against his defense — someone is going to — but Greg Olsen beat them in Week 6 and will be a big factor again.
The Panthers are thin at cornerback, which could play into the hands of Wilson and Doug Baldwin.
Here’s a comprehensive preview of the game.
Brandon Mebane and Ahtyba Rubin anchor the league’s best run defense — 81.5 yards per game for the second straight year. They face the league’s No. 2 rushing offense in Carolina. (And both will be free agents after this season.)
Bruce Irvin has played well against Newton and the Panthers.
Kris Richard pointed out that the Seahawks have back Bobby Wagner, Jeremy Lane and Jordan Hill for this meeting with the Panthers. “We do feel as though we’re better,” Richard said, “but it makes no difference if we don’t go out there and uphold our standard.”
Michael Bennett said he learned a lot from Keith Millard, the former WSU great who starred in Minnesota and briefly played in Seattle at the end of his career. Millard coached Bennett in Tampa Bay, and Bennett still talks to him today.
Engaged Jon Ryan on his broken nose: “Man, I’m going to look like hell in the wedding pictures.”
Carroll has trained his players the way the Army Special Forces train.
Darrell Bevell talked about how the offense improved in the second half of the season, plus he offered insights into weekly preparation.
Longtime Seahawk Eugene Robinson, who finished his career with the Panthers in 2000 and has been the radio analyst since 2002, is cheering for the home team.
The 49ers hired Chip Kelly, which means the Seahawks will continue to beat the 49ers regularly.
The Rams are moving back to Los Angeles, which means the Seahawks won’t be asked to move back to the AFC.