After what could be considered a bye week game against the hapless Cardinals, the Carolina Panthers hit the road to face the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in this NFC Divisional matchup.
The NFC Divisional wagering odds are heavily against the Panthers in this game, even though both of these teams have the hottest defense heading into the playoffs. If Cam Newton can lead the Panthers to victory against the 12th Man and the Seahawks in the hostile environment of CenturyLink Field, it would make for one of the greatest upsets in NFL playoff history.
The last time the SEA/CAR faced each other (10/26/14) Seattle won 13-9 on a last minute Russell Wilson TD pass. pic.twitter.com/KGfHP1roHN
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 6, 2015
A Closer Look at My Panthers Vs Seahawks NFC Divisional Free Pick, Wagering Tips, TV & Streaming Info
Matchup: Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks
Date: Jan. 10, 2015
Start Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: Seattle, Washington
Stadium: CenturyLink Field
TV Info: FOX
Stream: FOX Sports Go
Radio: Carolina Vs Seattle
Point Spread: Seahawks -10.5
Game Total: 40
The Carolina Panthers will win this NFC divisional playoff game if
They shut down Marshawn Lynch and force Russell Wilson into a couple of costly mistakes!
In order to beat the Seattle Seahawks, the streaking Carolina Panthers, winners of five straight games, are going to have to find a way to both, shut down Marshawn Beastmode Lynch and force gifted quarterback Russell Wilson into one or two costly turnovers.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 7, 2015
In three of Seattle’s four regular season losses, Lynch was held to 61 rushing yards or less while Wilson was held to 201 passing yards or less in three of those losses as well. Forcing the third-year signal-caller into a couple of mistakes could be a lot tougher with Russell never throwing interceptions in consecutive games this season.
The Seattle Seahawks will win this NFC divisional playoff game if
They stop Carolina’s rushing attack and force Cam Newton to beat them through the air!
If Seattle wants to win this contest and have another shot at repeating as Super Bowl champs, then they’re going to have to stop Carolina’s overwhelming rushing attack and force quarterback Cam Newton to beat them with his arm.
The @Seahawks won their last 6 games with their defense allowing only 39 total points. vs AZ 3 vs SF 3 at PHI 14 vs SF 7 at AZ 6 vs STL 6
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 7, 2015
Carolina finished seventh in the league in rushing and has rushed for at least 188 total yards in four of their last five games with Newton scoring at least one rushing touchdown in three straight games to close out the regular season.
When Newton throws for at least 250 yards, Carolina is 1-4 this season, so forcing the strong-armed, but inaccurate signal-caller to throw the ball is the way to go for the Seahawks.
Who will win this NFC divisional playoff game?
Carolina is on fire coming into this contest, but they’re also facing a Seattle team that has won six straight and has major plans on defending the Super Bowl title.
Not only did the Seahawks defeat the Panthers 13-9 on Oct. 26 in Charlotte despite failing to cover the spread as a 6-point road fave, but the Seahawks have won four straight dating back to 2010.
Carolina has never won in three tries at CenturyLink Field and no matter how hard I try to envision it…I just don’t see them winning this NFC divisional playoff battle either.
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) January 5, 2015
Both teams have scored 16 points or less in each of the last three meetings and I don’t think this is going to be a high-scoring affair either. In the end, Seattle has allowed a miniscule 39 combined points in winning their past six games and I just don’t see Carolina’s modest offense overcoming that fact.
Carolina is 5-1 ATS in their last six playoff road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 playoff games overall.
The Seahawks are 5-2 ATS in their last seven playoff home games but I think this point spread is a bit too high for the Seahawks to cover.