Old Pals Meet up on Sunday Night
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL –
Okay, so it’s time for our little Jim Sez “history lesson”:
The Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks have collided in the post-season each of the past two years – both winning/covering at home – but it’s not likely they’re gonna meet in this year’s playoffs (sorry for that low blow, Carolina!) and so this under-the-lights bash out west will have to do.
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CAROLINA (4-7) at SEATTLE (7-3-1) – 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Last week the Seahawks didn’t score a single touchdown – and lost 14-5 in Tampa Bay; the Panthers scored five touchdowns – and yet they lost 35-32 in Oakland.
Crazy stuff, indeed.
Now, if TD-underdog Carolina harbors outright upset hopes here than keeping Seattle QB Russell Wilson (eight carries for 80 yards last week) under wraps is critical while that Seahawks’ defense figures to throw odd-man blitzes at QB Cam Newton who actually got a roughing-the-QB call in his favor last week … whoopee-do!
The Seahawks surrendered a pair of first-quarter scoring strikes to Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston last Sunday, so something tells us that early-game “heat” will be key here while Carolina head coach Ron Rivera should bring his two-point chart with ‘em because he sure didn’t know what he was doing last week in Oakland (see two failed two-point plays that cost Carolina the “W”).
Spread Notes – Seattle is 38-19-1 ATS (against the spread) at home since the start of the 2010 season while Carolina’s a rotten 3-7-1 vig-wise in this post-Super Bowl season. Note that the Panthers are a rock-solid 19-12 spreadwise as underdog sides since 2012 while the ‘Hawks are 31-24-1 ATS as betting favorites the past three-plus seasons.
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