Seahawks versus Panthers: Preview and how to watch Seattle win
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks need one win to nearly clinch their postseason berth. Here is what to watch for and how to see Seattle against the Panthers.
The games between the Seahawks and Panthers used to be a matchup of two playoff teams needing to overcome the other to get to the Super Bowl. Not so much anymore. Seattle is still relevant, yet trying to get back to a Super Bowl level. Carolina isn’t going to make the playoffs in 2019 and it will be the third season out of the last four that this will be the case.
Injuries will factor into who is going to win the game. Carolina lost starting quarterback Cam Newton weeks ago. Seattle will definitely be without Jadeveon Clowney this week (sickness and core injury), probably Ziggy Ansah (neck) too. Shaquill Griffin might also miss the game with a hamstring issue.
The Panthers have given up 24 rushing touchdowns this season, by far worst in the NFL. Seattle might try to go the opposite and throw the ball a lot and assume the Panthers are going to load up to try to stop Chris Carson. If I were the Seattle coach (and clearly I am not), I would say this might be the one week the Seahawks do the obvious thing and run the ball a bunch.
Maybe Russell Wilson could run early in the game too on bootlegs and options. Seattle needs a win on Sunday to make it really difficult for any team to catch up to them. A loss, though, makes making the postseason questionable for the Seahawks. And any team with Christian McCaffrey, which the Panthers have, is dangerous enough to defeat any other team.
Where, when and how to watch the Seahawks and Panthers
When: Sunday, December 15th at 10 am PT
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Weather Forecast: Sunny; Temperature at game time – 57 degrees with a 10 percent chance of rain and winds out of the WSW at 7 mph
All-time Matchup: Seahawks lead 7-3
Favorite: Seahawks -4.5
How to watch
TV: FOX (Q13 in Seattle)
Announcers: Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Ronde Barber (analyst) and Lindsey Czarniak (sidelines)
Twitter stream and how to socialize: Facebook at 12th Man Rising and Twitter at @12thMan_Rising
Streaming: FuboTV and FOX Sports app
Online replay in case you didn’t feel like showing up: NFL Game Pass and FuboTV
Listen: 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO RADIO 97.3