The Seattle Seahawks went on the road and pulled off a less-than-impressive 12-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers. The game was a defensive struggle between a pair of teams that aren't likely to be giving up many points this season.
This game had its share of ugly moments for the Seahawks: failed conversion attempts, penalties, sacks and a running game that struggled to get on track. Ultimately though, a win is a win.
One of the quotes Seattle head coach Pete Carroll likes to repeat is "it's not how you start, it's how you finish." With this win, the Seahawks managed to get off to a good start on the season. Now they must find a way to help translate that early success into the finish they are hoping for.
With that in mind, here are eight takeaways from Sunday's game.