Bennett set to make return for Seattle against Carolina

Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, 28, has mocked that when Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, 27, grabbed their 12th man flag and threw it to the ground in the Panthers 31-24 victory last January, he ended up cursing their bad 2016 season.

The Seahawks cornerback has another chance to deliver karma to Newton when Seattle hosts Carolina in Sunday's rematch.

The 7-3-1 Seattle Seahwks are atop the NFC West, while the 4-7 Panthers come in at the bottom of the NFC South.

Rawls, who Carroll said had had his best week of practice, lived up to the billing with 106 yards on 15 carries. Two interceptions and six sacks contributed to a pretty miserable day for Wilson, who threw 17 of 33 for 151 yards.

RENTON - The last time the Seahawks saw Cam Newton in person, Carolina's star quarterback was parading around the perimeter of his home field 10 months ago. He had started 118 consecutive games since Seattle drafted him in the first round in 2010, a Seahawks defensive-record 106 in the regular season.

The Panthers are playing for pride at this point. It would be the only highlight for Carolina.

Seattle probably could be forgiven for its one big defensive lapse - a 55-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Ted Ginn, Jr. on the play after Earl Thomas suffered a fractured leg.

Steven Hauschka sealed Seattle's dominant 23-7 first half with a 37-yard field goal and a 31-yard field goal.

By this point, they might as well consider Seattle and Carolina a divisional game.

Michelle Tafoya, just after halftime, reported that Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Newton's suspension was for a dress code violation.

Newton finished 14 of 32 for 182 yards. Prior to this 2016 National Football League regular season undertaken, both teams' Week 13 matchup was considered as one of the highly anticipated showdown of the previous season and a rematch of an exciting playoff contest from a year ago. As of about 24 hours before kickoff most shops had bumped the Seahawks to -7.5, and dropped the total to 44. Finally, five of those most recent six meetings between these teams have been decided by seven points or less.

If the playoffs started today Seattle would be the two seed in the NFC. National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell has suggested interchanging crew members to level out the disparity, but it has persisted this season once again amid a less liberal rotation system than Goodell initially advocated.

Backup linebacker David Mayo also had to enter the in-game concussion protocol. "Me and coach, we're on the same page, I feel good about it", Newton said. "A lot is running through my mind including retirement thanks for all the prayers".

Thomas missed the first game of his career last week at Tampa Bay due to a hamstring injury. But courtesy of his four victories over Carolina prior to last season, the Panthers know all about Wilson's uncanny knack for making the right play at the right time.