Hawks try to bounce back against Panthers
Well, the NFL Gods got their point across in Week 4 when they appeared to punish the Hawks by allowing a 60 yard field goal, a 58 yard field goal and a touchdown on a faked short field goal against the St. Louis Rams.
The Seahawks get back at it this Sunday against an underachieving Carolina Panthers team that is struggling on both sides of the ball.
Seattle Seahawks (2-2) vs. Carolina Panthers (1-3)
Date/Time: Sunday, October 7, 2012, 4:05 PM ET
Venue: Bank of America Stadium
Seahawks vs. Panthers Betting Lines from bovada
Spread: Carolina -3 (-115)
Moneyline: Seattle +140: Carolina -160
Over/Under: 43 1/2 points
*ATS Matchup Report*
The Seattle Seahawks entered Week 4 looking like a team with a solid footing, a good sense of what they wanted to do with their rookie quarterback.
But it all came unraveled as Russell Wilson passed for just 160 yards and threw three costly picks.
Mistakes will happen for first year players – the real question is whether or not he can put those mistakes in the past and if he can learn, not dwell.
Seattle has been nothing special offensively except for one man. They are dead last in the NFL in passing yards but they are sixth in average rushing yards per game.
Thank you Marshawn Lynch!
Wilson isn’t going to wow anybody – his job is simply to manage the game, limit mistakes and hand the ball off.
Sound simple? It’s not!
As mentioned, Seattle’s offense is all about Marshawn Lynch. He is averaging 4.6 yards per rush and he is a nightmare to bring down.
Robert Turbin has also been a nice surprise in his limited touches rushing for five yards per carry.
Seattle has to slow the game down, control the clock and let the defense adequately rest – the rest should take care of itself.
Speaking of the defense – the Seahawks have become one of the most feared units in the game.
They are ninth against the pass allowing 213 yards per game, they are #2 versus the run allowing 62.75 yards per game and they have held opponents to 14.50 points per game – good for second in the NFL.
The Hawks match up well with Carolina – now they have to execute like they have all season!
The Carolina Panthers were supposed to take the next step this season but they have not lived up to expectations.
There are whispers of Cam Newton taking a step backward. The numbers seem to support this notion.
He is completing 63.6 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and five interceptions and he has been sacked nine times and he has also run for 5.1 yards per carry and three touchdowns.
Not bad, but a far cry from the numbers that set records last year.
DeAngelo Williams is averaging 4.0 yards per carry with two touchdowns and Jonathan Stewart is averaging 4.3 yards per carry – not terrible but obviously not good enough.
They are top 15 in both the running and passing game which begs the question – What is wrong in Carolina?
The defense is what is wrong! They are 22nd versus the pass, 25th versus the run and they give up 22.25 points per game. If they are top 15 in either category, the Panthers may be a 3-1 team; 2-2 at very least.
Dave’s Free Won’t Cost You Anything Seahawks Betting Prediction
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle’s last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle’s last 7 games on the road
- Seattle is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
- Seattle is 7-17-1 ATS in its last 25 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Caolina’s last 11 games
- Carolina is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- Carolina is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
- Carolina is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
It is no secret that the Seahawks are a totally different team on the road than they are at home – last week was further proof.
Expect a close, low scoring game between these two teams – both will run the ball and dwindle the clock. Carolina’s game is running the ball – nobody has been able to do that so far against Seattle this year.
Seattle’s game is also running the ball – the Panthers haven’t been able to stop the run. It all adds up to a bounce back for Seattle this week. Take the visiting team to add to the home team’s misery.