The Seahawks and Panthers game on Sunday has massive postseason implications. With a win, either team is in the driver’s seat for a playoff spot.
The Seahawks are 5-5 and the Panthers are 6-4. But with a Seahawks win Seattle would have the advantage in the head-to-head matchup over Carolina. Fortunately, Seattle already holds this advantage over Green Bay and Dallas as well. So a win on Sunday would be extremely important to Seattle.
Of course, the same holds true for how Carolina would view Seattle. The win is important for both teams. And oddsmakers in Las Vegas think that Carolina is going to move to 7-4 with a win. According to Odds Shark, the Panthers are a 3.5-point favorite over the Seahawks on Sunday.
Still, Odds Shark is unsure who will really win. The main reason Carolina is the favorite is because they are the home team. Which makes sense, of course. The Panthers are the same kind of team the Packers were. Carolina is 5-0 at home this season and 1-4 on the road.
But Seattle has a decent chance because, as Odds Shark says, this is the time of year when Russell Wilson is normally great. Wilson is historically much better in November and December than he is in September or October.
And while the Panthers are good against the run – eighth in the NFL in yards given up by the opposing team running the ball – Carolina has mostly faced passing teams. Seattle can get to an opposing team either by passing or running the ball.
12s should hope Wilson is great against Carolina and the offensive line gets a push and allows Chris Carson and company to control the clock. Cam Newton is a big fella and tough to bring down. The Seahawks need to keep the ball out of his hands.