Carolina Panthers (4-7) at Seattle Seahawks (7-3-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 8:30 pm (CenturyLink Field)
The Line: Seattle Seahawks -7 -- Over/Under: 44.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks square off Sunday night in a critical NFL matchup at CenturyLink Field on NBC.
The Carolina Panthers need a big road victory here to have any chance of staying in the NFC wild card race. The Carolina Panthers have lost five of their last six road games. Cam Newton is completing 55.8 percent of his passes for 2,432 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Newton has one or less touchdown pass in six of his last eight games. Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin have combined for more than 1,526 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Ted Ginn Jr. has 36 receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 109.5 yards per contest, and Jonathan Stewart leads the way with 461 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Carolina is allowing 25.5 points and 354.5 yards per game. Luke Kuechly leads the Carolina Panthers with 102 tackles, Mario Addison has 6.5 sacks and Thomas Davis has three interceptions.
The Seattle Seahawks hope to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time this season to keep their lead in the NFC West. The Seattle Seahawks have won five straight home games. Russell Wilson is completing 64.7 percent of his passes for 2,865 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. Wilson has zero touchdown passes in four of his last seven games. Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham have combined for more than 1,473 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Jermaine Kearse has 29 receptions. The Seattle Seahawks ground game is averaging 88.9 yards per contest, and C.J. Prosise leads the way with 172 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Seattle is allowing 17 points and 335.6 yards per game. Bobby Wagner leads the Seattle Seahawks with 118 tackles, Cliff Avril has 10 sacks and Richard Sherman has four interceptions.
The Panthers are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 road games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Seahawks are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games in December and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf. The over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Seattle.
An upset loss last week to Tampa Bay may have been good for the Seattle Seahawks, as it should now have them focused for a last minute push to secure the NFC West and possible first round bye. The Seahawks do have issues with their offensive line and Wilson continues to play subpar, but Seattle's issues are nothing compared to the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers just look like a shell of themselves and are lost defensively without Kuechly on the field. Also, making a monster comeback against the Oakland Raiders only to lose the game late likely took the last bit of confidence out of this team. Remember, the Panthers only road win this season was a three-point victory against the Los Angeles Rams.
I hate laying big numbers, but the Seahawks should win this game by double digits.