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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The game began with NFL MVP Cam Newton being benched for the opening series and went downhill from there for the Panthers. Derek Anderson was intercepted on the first play and the Seahawks were up 10-0 before it was perfectly clear Newton was benched for disciplinary reasons. Outside of a 55-yard touchdown pass from Newton to Ted Ginn Jr. this was all Seattle. Carolina's 23-7 halftime deficit is three more what it was in the third quarter last season when the Panthers staged a second-half comeback here. Such a rally seems unlikely with this team.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive end William Gholston was limping around the locker room with a walking boot on and he had crutches. Head coach Dirk Koetter did not mention anything about it in his press conference.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

A gutsy fourth-down call and a deep touchdown pass in Sunday's 31-23 win over Washington on Sunday may be the sparks the Arizona Cardinals need to pace them to the playoffs in their last four games.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is questionable to return after suffering a lower leg injury with 10:40 left in the second quarter. Thomas collided with teammate Kam Chancellor on the play. He was carried off the field by members of the Seahawks' medical staff and later carted off.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers DE Charles Johnson questionable to return with hamstring injury suffered when sacking Russell Wilson on a fourth down play.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

We're not even at halftime in this game and Thomas Rawls has already matched his second-best single-game fantasy point total (22, also 2015 Week 5).

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Seahawks come right back on Thomas Rawls' TD run. Great cut to bounce the ball outside on a zone scheme. Seahawks push the lead to 17-7 over the Panthers in the second quarter.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

No outside contain on defense. Thomas Rawls rambles 45 yards to give Seattle a 17-7 lead over the Panthers. So much for Carolina's momentum.