Seattle Seahawks (3-3) at Carolina Panthers (3-3-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 26, 2014, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Carolina Panthers +4.5 -- Over/Under: 44
The Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers meet Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.
The Seattle Seahawks have lost two straight games and are starting to become one of the biggest disappointments given their expectations. The Seahawks have to 29th worst passing offense in the league and just traded Percy Harvin to the New York Jets. Russell Wilson is completing 65.7 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. Wilson has rushed for a score in three straight games and has two touchdown passes in five of the six games. The Seahawks have 18 passing plays of 20 or more yards, and Doug Baldwin leads Seattle with 310 receiving yards. Guys like Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Cooper Helfet will have to provide a bigger impact in the passing game with Harvin gone. The Seahawks ground game is averaging 5.4 yards per carry and Marshawn Lynch leads the way with 420 yards and three scores, although he hasn’t scored in two games. Defensively, the Seattle Seahawks are allowing 23.5 points, 324 yards, and they’ve forced five turnovers and seven sacks. Bobby Wagner leads the Seahawks with 50 tackles and Byron Maxwell has five pass deflections.
The Carolina Panthers are somehow still in first place in the NFC South and could use a feel good win here. The concern for the Panthers remains its defense that’s allowing 27.9 points, 388.3 yards, and has forced 12 turnovers and 15 sacks. The Carolina Panthers have lost five of their last six games when allowing 24 or more points. Luke Kuechly leads the Panthers with 82 tackles and Roman Harper has three interceptions. Offensively, Cam Newton is completing 60.7 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Newton has thrown an interception in three straight games and is also the Panthers leading rusher with 190 yards. The Panthers have just one running play that’s produced 20 or more yards. Greg Olson and Kelvin Benjamin lead the way with more than 900 receiving yards and a combined 10 touchdowns.
The Seahawks are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 road games and 38-18-1 ATS in their last 57 games overall. The Panthers are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. NFC. The Seahawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The Seahawks have lost their edge a bit and hit a new low with their loss to the St. Louis Rams. While the Carolina Panthers have been disappointing in their own right, much of their success SU and ATS has been at home. In what feels like a must win for both teams, I’ll take the bundle of points and the home team here.