The Seattle Seahawks survived the Los Angeles Rams last week to improve to 7-5, a half-game ahead of the Washington Commanders (7-5-1) for the final playoff spot in the NFC.
Washington is off this coming weekend, however, so the Seahawks can widen their lead over the Commanders heading into the final four games of the season.
The Seahawks still have to face the Kansas City Chiefs, which figures to be a likely loss for Seattle. Therefore, if the Seahawks want to make the playoffs, this game certainly feels like a contest that has to be won.
Just how will they do against the Panthers, who are fresh off a bye week? Let’s take a look at the NFL betting odds in this matchup.
Panthers vs Seahawks Betting Lines and Analysis
Panthers Hope Bye Provides Spark
The Panthers are 4-8 and are very likely to miss the playoffs after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won on Monday Night Football to move to 6-6.
Carolina’s only real hope of making the playoffs is for the Buccaneers to crash and burn in the final weeks of the season, giving Carolina a chance to beat the Bucs in Tampa and maybe catch Tom Brady and Co. in the NFC South standings.
Carolina had the past week off. Before that break, the Panthers smothered the Denver Broncos, 23-10. One week earlier, they allowed just 13 points to the Baltimore Ravens in a 13-3 loss.
Carolina is a good-defense, bad-offense team. Sam Darnold quarterbacked the Panthers against the Broncos, replacing P.J. Walker. Baker Mayfield was released earlier this week.
Darnold gets one more chance to improve his trade value or perhaps stick with the Panthers as their backup quarterback for 2023 under a new head coach.
Those who bet online know that Carolina’s defense is where this franchise seems to have real hope for the future. The past two games have been brilliant, and this group held the Buccaneers to just three points earlier in the season.
Carolina got shredded by Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals a few weeks ago, but since then the defense has dazzled against Baltimore and Denver.
A week off should have the Panthers ready to go on defense against Geno Smith and the Seahawks.
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Seahawks Can’t Afford to Waste Chances at Home
The Seahawks narrowly avoided a bad loss to the Rams last weekend in Los Angeles. Aaron Donald, Cooper Kupp, and Matthew Stafford all missed the game, so Seattle had to take advantage of the Rams’ key injuries.
The Seahawks never really had a shot to cover the spread in the sportsbook and almost blew it outright. They squandered a fourth-quarter lead before scoring the winning touchdown with 36 seconds left.
Seattle avoided a third consecutive loss after starting 6-3 through nine games. Seattle’s offense has become noticeably weaker in recent games. Its young offensive tackles have been getting beaten on assignments.
Smith has four interceptions in his last six games after having just two in his first six. He needs to play better – especially since the Panthers will likely key in on the Seahawks’ ground game and force the game on his shoulders.
Panthers vs Seahawks Game Injuries
Panthers vs Seahawks Head to Head
The Seahawks lead the series 10-4, and they won 30-24 in 2019 in the most recent meeting. The Panthers are 0-5 straight up and 2-3 against the spread on the road.
Panthers vs Seahawks Game Information
- Game: Panthers vs Seahawks
- Date: Sunday, Dec. 11
- Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
- Location: Lumen Field
- Panthers vs Seahawks Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Panthers vs Seahawks Game Weather Conditions
Temperature should be 43 degrees and cloudy but dry in an outdoor stadium.
Panthers vs Seahawks Picks & Prediction
Predicted Score: Seahawks 23, Panthers 16
- Worth Betting on the Moneyline?
– Yes. The Panthers are off a bye but the Seahawks are the choice for your NFL picks. They’re the more complete team.
- Worth Betting ATS?
– The Seahawks are favored and that’s correct, but as we saw last week against the Rams, they cut it very close against a team they frankly should have been able to dominate. Who knows if they’ll cover here?
- Worth Betting on the Totals?
– The number seems well-placed, though this feels more like an under. Carolina tends to drag teams into low-scoring affairs.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.
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