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  • The Panthers made two things clear this week: Josh Norman isnt Richard Sherman, and theyarent feeling any added pre sure as they prepare to play a team that has beaten them five straight times.The Panthers will be trying for their first 5-0 start since the 2003 season, when they reached Super Bowl XXVIII. The two-time defending NFC South champions also will be returning to CenturyLink Field in Seattle, where the Seahawks knocked them out of the playoffs last January.MORE WEEK 6: Picking against the spread | Steele's picks, straight up | Daily fantasy tipsPanthers center Ryan Kalil said theyre not concerned about making any sort of statement Sunday (4:05 p.m. ET,Fox) against the defending NFC champs. Theyre also not worried about remaining undefeated.Its tough to win games in Jonathan Casillas Jersey this league and thats a very good football team, Kalil said. Our focus has been living in the moment, working on getting better today and focusing on the next game. It doesnt really matter what our record is. At the end of the season, it matters whether we can win the division and get into the playoffs.That said, being 4-0 after the first quarter of the season is nice.You always want to have that confidence and have people around you who believe you can make it far, defensive tackle Kawann Short said. Weve got to rally off that motivation and keep it going.Remaining unbeaten wont be easy. Kalil said CenturyLink Field is the loudest open-air stadium in the NFL.The noise thing is legit, Kalil said. It gets loud in there once they get rolling. Ive got a lot of respect for that organization and their fans. They take pride in that whole 12th Man thing, and that team feeds off it. Weve got to have a lot of momentum early on and shut that thing down.Rookie linebacker Shaq Thompson played football Davis Webb Jersey at Washington and lived near CenturyLink Field. He could sometimes hear the crowd noise, even though he tried not to pay much attention to football on Sundays. While he knows Seattles 12th Man fan base can be a factor, he doesnt expect it to affect the Panthers.What will help is the offense scoring early and the Panthers defense stopping Seattles multifaceted running game. When the Seahawks do pa s, Norman, the Panthers top cornerback, hopes to add to his NFL-leading four interceptions. Carolina leads the NFL with a plus-8 turnover margin.Many comparisons have been made between Josh Norman, who is tied for the NFL lead with four interceptions, and Seattle's Sherman. But Norman said hes his own player.Im Josh Norman and nobody else, Norman said Wednesday. Im sure he would say the same thing about himself.One reason why the Panthers have forced 11 turnovers: the influence of former Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, who signed with Carolina Owa Odighizuwa Jersey in April. Tillman has 36 interceptions and 42 forced fumbles over his 13-year career, including two forced fumbles this season.When someone like that comes to your team, my competitive drive just reeks out of me, Norman said. I want to beat him, regardle s. If were going for a tackle, I want to beat him to that. Whatever hes done, I want to try to top. Thats just the competitive fire I have in me and he has that himself. I want him to challenge me just as much as Im challenging him. Im one up on him and Im Evan Engram Jersey going to try to get another this weekend and be two up on him.Hes brought that to the team.After winning the NFC South the last two seasonsbut losing in the playoffs, Norman hopes this is the year the Panthers can finally get over the hump. Ending the losing streak to Seattle would be a step in the right direction.