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Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks Free Pick 9/8/13

Carolina Panthers (0-0) vs. Seattle Seahawks (0-0)

NFL Football: Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Bank of America Stadium)

The Line: Carolina Panthers +3.5 -- Over/Under: 45.5 See the Latest Odds


The Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks face off on Sunday in a game between two up and coming teams.

The Carolina Panthers show little resemblance to the team that drafted number one overall two years back with the NFL’s record as they are putting together a team that is starting to look like a contender.. The Carolina offense revolves around Cam Newton who can do it all both with his feet and with his arm or creating plays using both. DeAngelo Williams is still a top flight NFL running back and rookie Kenjon Barner is a burner. Steve Smith has been rejuvenated with the emergence of Newton and Greg Olsen is a wide receiver in a tight end’s body. Defensively Charles Johnson and Greg hardy at the ends are a top flight pass rush tandem and Luke Keuchly is a tackling machine at the middle linebacker spot. Jon Beason is healthy again at OLB and Captain Mnnerlyn is a playmaker in the secondary. The Panthers were in a lot of close games or games they led late that they ended up losing and if they can reverse a few of those it can mean a playoff spot.

Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks Free Pick 9/8/13

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The Seattle Seahawks are a popular choice to go to the Super Bowl from the NFL this year and after shaking things up last season they are ready to take it to another level. QB Russell Wilson has a year under his belt and while his numbers aren’t going to pop off of the page he knows how to win and when it comes down to it that is really what the NFL is all about. Marshawn Lynch is simply tough to bring down and the addition of Christine Michael and his quick strike ability adds lightning to Lynch’s thunder. Sidney Rice and Golden Tate are Wilson’s primary receivers and Doug Baldwin tries to follow up on last season. Defense is what it is all about for Seattle and because they have a secondary that doesn’t need any help they can really get after opposing QB’s. Chris Clemons has been getting it done for years and while many disagreed with the Seahawks drafting of Bruce Irvin in hindsight getting a pass rusher like they did Seattle could have done a lot worse. Physical would be the word to describe the Seahawks secondary and Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman bring the intimidation factor. The Seahawks caught some breaks and that’s what got them to the playoffs but they put themselves in position to take advantage of them and if they can do that again this year this could be a big year.

Carolina is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, 5-1 against the spread against the NFC, and 2-5 against the spread in their last seven home games. Seattle is 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games, 6-1 against the spread against the NFL and 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games.

This looks like a close one and one that could be decided late, more than anything this is going to be a very physical game. To be honest, whoever gets the bounces is going to win this one but getting better than a field goal with the home team taking the points is the best play here.

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