Week 13 - Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

The 4-7 Carolina Panthers travel to Seattle to take on the 7-3 Seahawks in this week’s Sunday night matchup. Seattle struggled on the offensive end as they were beaten 14-5 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In their 3 previous games, which were all victories, the Seahawks had averaged over 28 points per game. Carolina lost 35-32 on the road last week to the Oakland Raiders. It was the first game in the last 5 where Carolina has allowed their opponent to score more than 20 points. Seattle is currently in first place in the NFC West while the Panthers are in last place in the NFC South.

Russell Wilson had a rough game last week as he completed just 17 of his 33 pass attempts for 151 yards, 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He was also sacked 6 times for a loss of 33 yards. He also led the team in rush yards with 80 on 8 carries. His favorite target was Doug Baldwin who caught 7 passes for 34 yards. Jimmy Graham had a nice game with 6 catches for 67 yards. As a team, they had 1 offense play go for more than 20 yards. Defensively, they played well allowing Tampa Bay to gain only 338 yards of offense. They had 1 interception and recovered 1 fumble but they weren’t able to sack Jameis Winston. They did a good job against the run allowing 118 yards on 35 carries, which is 3.4 yards per rush. They also had 7 tackles for losses.

Cam Newton had a decent game last week as threw and interception and lost a fumble but was responsible for 3 touchdowns. He completed 14 of his 29 pass attempts for 286 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also had a 3-yard rushing touchdown, which tied the game at 7 in the first quarter. His favorite target was Ted Ginn Jr. who had 4 catches for 115 yards and a touchdown. Kelvin Benjamin caught 2 passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. Jonathan Stewart led a successful run game with 96 yards and 2 touchdowns on 17 carries. As a team, they gained 129 yards on 25 carries, which is more than 5 yards per rush. Defensively, they caused 2 turnovers and sacked David Carr twice for a loss of 5 yards. They shut the Raiders run game down as they only gained 55 yards on 33 carries, which is less than 2 yards per rush.

Carolina is 3-7-1 against the spread this season including 2-2-1 on the road. Seattle is 5-6 against the spread this season including 3-6 as the favorite. Seattle will have home field advantage and is favored by a touchdown in this contest. Seattle is a perfect 5-0 at home this season but 3 of those victories have been by 6 points or less. These 2 teams last met in the playoffs last year with Carolina beating Seattle 31-24 at home.

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