Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks NFC Playoffs Predictions January 10, 2015

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The Carolina Panthers are hot. They’ve now won five straight games, including their 27-16 win on the Arizona Cardinals in the Wild Card Round on Saturday. Will their momentum be sufficient to defend myself against the NFC’s top dogs, the Seattle Seahawks? Read on once we breakdown this intriguing NFC Playoffs Predictions game.

NFC Playoffs Predictions BabesWhere: CenturyLink Field, Seattle

When: Saturday, January 10, 8:15 PM ET

Line: Carolina Panthers (+11) at Seattle Seahawks (-11); total 41.0 – view all NFL lines

The Carolina Panthers’defense is looking good. Scary good. The Panthers held Arizona to 78 yards and forced three turnovers in the Wild Card game on Saturday, the fewest yards ever allowed in a NFL postseason game. Carolina is looking much such as the dominant defense of last season, that was second and then the Seattle Seahawks.
Carolina had four sacks against Arizona quarterback Ryan Lindley, two by defensive end Charles Johnson. Putting pressure on Seattle’s signal caller, Russell Wilson, will be imperative to force him into bad throws and even stuff him when he decides to scramble.

To help keep themselves in the overall game, the Panthers may also need certainly to limit Seattle’s No. 1-ranked rushing offense led by running back Marshawn Lynch. They held Lynch to 62 yards on 14 carries in October’s close 13-9 loss. Carolina’s run defense has improved since then. They’ve held their past five opponents to 87.4 rushing yards per game.

However, accumulating the points on offense might be challenging against Seattle’s No. 1-ranked total defense.

The pressure will be on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton to do to the very best of his abilities. He has thrown just one touchdown pass against Seattle in three matchups. The Panthers have lost all those matchups by less when compared to a touchdown–13-9 in 2014, 12-7 in 2013 and 16-12 in 2012. Newton has averaged 145.6 yards through the air and 4.3 yards per attempt on the ground against the Seahawks.

Newton will need some help from running back Jonathan Stewart to transport the strain on offense. The Carolina back had some success against Seattle in the regular season, rushing for 79 yards on 16 carries. Now, he starred in the Wild Card game with 123 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown.

The total has gone under within the last three matchups between the Panthers and Seahawks.

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It had been a serious shaky journey, nevertheless the Seattle Seahawks are back at the the surface of the NFC. The Seahawks were 6-4 before winning their last six games to get the very best seed in the conference, ensuring home field advantage throughout the playoff. Playing at CenturyLink Field would have been a big advantage for Seattle in the divisional round. The Seahawks have won their past three home games against Carolina.

The focus on this matchup will be on Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. He is 3-0 in his career against Carolina averaging 246.7 yards passing per game. However, Wilson has three interceptions to go with his three touchdowns against the Panthers. He’ll must be wary of an in-form Carolina passing defense. The Panthers have seven interceptions within the last five games.

Wilson also does plenty of damage with his legs. He had 849 yards rushing and six scores on 118 carries in the regular season. He surely could scramble his way to 5.8 yards per carry against Carolina in October.

Wilson and their beast of a running back, Marshawn Lynch, lead the Seahawks’very run heavy attack. The Seattle back ranked fourth in the regular season with 1,306 yards rushing and shares a league-high 13 rushing touchdowns with Dallas’DeMarco Murray. He has, however, struggled against Carolina averaging 63.3 yards throughout the last three matchups.

On the other side of the ball, Seattle’s top-ranked defense continues to shine. Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner starred at the tail end of the regular season. Wagner’s return from a turf toe injury saw Seattle allow a complete of only 39 points and limit their opponents to on average 202.2 total yards in the final six games. Wagner finished the regular season second with 104 combined tackles, despite playing only 11 games.

NFC Playoffs Predictions  – Seattle wins, nevertheless the Panthers cover +11. For an extra bonus, take the sum total to go under 41.0 in this game of two defenses.

 

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