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Seahawks in Revenge Spot vs Panthers

The Seattle Seahawks will have revenge on their minds when they visit the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Divisional Round on Sunday afternoon. In a Week 6 game in Seattle, the Panthers beat the Seahawks 27-23. It was roughly at that point that bettors – and pundits – began to take the Panthers a bit more serious as they went on to flirt with a perfect regular season before losing to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 5-0 in the last five meetings between the Seahawks and Panthers in Carolina.
  • Carolina is 5-1 ATS in its last six games at home.
  • Seattle has gone 4-2 ATS in its last six games on the road.

While both teams lay claim to defenses that have terrorized the rest of the NFL throughout the season, the focus will be on a pair of MVP candidates as Cam Newton squares off against Russell Wilson in the quarterback matchup.

Wilson is easily the more experienced of the two and has the Super Bowl win on his resume, but it was Cam Newton who entered the postseason as the NFL MVP fave at -500 (Wilson was +1200 at Bodog). The Auburn product threw for 3,837 yards and 35 touchdowns while throwing a career-low 10 interceptions en route to leading the Panthers to a sparkling 15-1 straight up (11-5 against the spread) record.

As far as wins and losses, and cashing bet slips in the postseason is concerned, it’s not a surprise that Wilson has the slight edge over Newton. The Seahawks signal caller has gone 7-2 SU in nine career postseason starts, while posting a 5-4 ATS mark and a 5-4 OVER/UNDER clip in those games. Newton, on the other hand, has made just three career playoff starts, going 1-2 SU, 1-1-1 ATS and 2-1 OVER/UNDER. As far as head-to-head matchups are concerned, the Seahawks have gone 3-1 vs the Panthers with Wilson at the helm, and have gone a middling 2-2 ATS in the process.

Let us not forget, however, that the Seahawks are somewhat lucky to be in this situation come Sunday. The Minnesota Vikings were on the verge of punching their ticket to the Divisional Round with seconds left on the clock as the two teams battled in frigid conditions in the Wild Card Round. As we all know, kicker Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal, which would have iced the game for the Vikes.

Still, with that miraculous recovery of a botched snap and subsequent completion to Tyler Lockett being a perfect example, you have to expect a bit of the unexpected when it comes to capping Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.

And Newton for that matter.

In that aforementioned Week 6 contest, the Seahawks carried a commanding 23-14 lead in the fourth quarter before Newton orchestrated two drives of 80 yards resulting in a pair of touchdowns and a 27-23 win.

With that revenge spot in mind, we could very well be in store for a little more magic come Sunday.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Seattle Seahawks in this one found them as 1.5-point underdogs earlier in the week, while the total was settling in the neighborhood of 43.5 at shops such as Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 23-21 win for the Panthers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Seattle Seahawks vs Carolina Panthers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Seattle Seahawks have seen them go 11-6 and 8-8-1 ATS so far this season, while the Carolina Panthers are at 15-1 and 11-5 ATS. In totals betting, the Panthers are 10-6, while the Seahawks are 7-10. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Carolina vs Seattle injuries news.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Carolina Panthers at No. 3 and the Seattle Seahawks at No. 1 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Carolina's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 31.25 PPG, against a Seahawks defense that ranks No. 1 this week at 16.82 PPG. The Panthers aerial game is averaging 224.31 yards per game, more than the Seahawks secondary allows through the air, 205.24 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Seattle Seahawks feature the league's No. 1-rated road run defense, allowing 71.78 yards per game. The Carolina Panthers, meanwhile, ranks No. 3 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Seahawks grabbed a Wild-Card Playoff victory over the Vikings in their last game, winning 10-9 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Devin Funchess hauled in 7 passes for 120 yards against the Tampa Bay defense in the team's last game, leading Carolina over the Buccaneers 38-10 on Sunday.

Betting Trends
  • Seattle is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Seattle is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 5 games
  • Seattle is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Carolina is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Carolina is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Carolina's last 7 games
  • Carolina is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

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