Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers: Preview and Pick
6 Replies | 469 ViewsOn 09/01/2013 07:46 PM in NFL
The Seattle Seahawks enter the 2013 season as one of the favorites to take away the championship and win the Super Bowl. The road to the championship will not be easy for the ‘Hawks however as they have a demanding road schedule. The tough NFL highway schedule starts in week one as the Birds will fly east to take on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers Odds
Seattle is getting some tremendous respect by the oddsmakers as they are road favorites in week one with only a handful of other teams. The opening point spread had the Seahawks as (-3.5) point favorites, but since that opening, the line has lowered slightly and is now at (-3) at several top rated online sportsbooks.
The Seahawks are getting all of the attention with the emergence of young gunslinger Russell Wilson. Wilson blew up the NFL scene a year ago giving the Seattle offense a complimentary piece to running back Marshawn Lynch who is easily one of the best runners in the NFL today. This offense works well with the Seattle defense that shuts down the opposition by attacking the ball on every play.
The defensive front line improved in the off season as all of a sudden the Seahawks are a place all of the free agents want to play. This team has one of the best home field advantages in all of sports, but unfortunately in week one, they will be on the road against the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers are off a disappointing season as quarterback Cam newton failed to live up to expectations after a successful rookie season. It was a very difficult year but Newton learned a valuable lesson and will bring that experience to the field this season and look to hit his favorite target Steve Smith early and often.
The Panthers have a defensive superstar in the making in Luke Kuechly. He has the potential to make this Panthers defense one of the best in the league.
The sports betting trends for this game are good for both teams. The Seahawks are 4-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last 4 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 against the NFC and 4-0 ATS in the last four games overall.
These teams will both look for a big win in week one to get the season started on a positive note.
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.