Panthers vs Seahawks Total Game Preview

Posted by Aaron . on January 13, 2016 in

This Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will be in Charlotte to take on the Carolina Panthers in the divisional round of the playoffs, with kickoff at 1:05pm Eastern time. The Panthers are favored to win by 2.5 points, and the over/under total for this game is 44 points. Click here for our NFL betting lines.

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Why Should You Bet the Total?

Don’t be fooled by the fact that the Seattle Seahawks were being shut out by the Minnesota Vikings until Russell Wilson saw a snap fly by his head, ran back to scoop it up, and then heaved it down the field…to a receiver that the Vikings decided not to cover, thinking that Wilson would be sacked. That game was being played in near-zero temperatures, an extreme condition that turns the game on its head. The Seahawks are likely to have Marshawn Lynch in the backfield as well, adding strength to their running game. Russell Wilson has elevated his game this season to the point where he is just about impossible to stop. So if you think the Panthers are going to roll right over Seattle, you’re not going to see that sort of thing on Sunday.

The Panthers shouldn't be underestimated.
The Panthers have had an exceptional season.

You can’t underestimate the Panthers either, though. Yes, they appeared to lose some focus down the stretch. But they have the league’s Most Valuable Player at quarterback in Cam Newton. The Seahawks do have the “Legion of Boom” in the #2 defense in the NFL, but the Panthers’ D came in ranked #6. Basically, you have two teams who are reflections of each other. The Seahawks’ kicker is a little bit better (Steven Hauschka converted 93.5 percent of his field goals, while Graham Gano only made 83.3 percent), but other than that, you have two evenly matched foes. It took the Seahawks a little longer to find their momentum, but this is a game that will be far from easy for either side.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Seahawks have the playoff seasoning to come into the Panthers’ stadium and walk out with a victory. I like the Seahawks to be just a little better than the Panthers, winning (and obviously covering) 20-16.