1* Take Seattle – Carolina UNDER (#375-376)
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Great quarterbacks can only play like great quarterbacks when they have some semblance of an offensive line to protect them. When these two teams met twice last year, both offensive lines were in good shape.
Russell Wilson and Cam Newton had a running game that balanced their downfield passing attack. Seattle scored 23 and 24 points in those two games, but they lost them both in SU fashion, cashing a pair of Over tickets in the process.
That was then. This is now. The Seahawks offensive line is in complete disarray right now. Three rookies started on that OL last week. They’ll be starting their fifth different combo of offensive linemen this week. Offensive coordinator Darrel Bevell, talking about the struggles of his OL:“We are just trying to find the best five guys. If it changes every week, then it changes every week.”
Russell Wilson got sacked six times last week, but it was far worse than that – Wilson was running for his life, quite literally, on just about every snap. That game marked the THIRD time this year in which the Seahawks offense didn’t reach the end zone even once. Expecting an offensive explosion from the Seahawks this week is an exercise in optimism!
But the Panthers offensive line is in even worse shape than the Seahawks OL! Four of their five starters have been officially ruled ‘Out’ for Sunday Night’s affair. Michael Oher didn’t make the trip out West. Ryan Kalil and Gino Gradkowski got hurt last week against the Raiders. The Panthers were forced to make a signing from the Cleveland Browns practice squad just to have enough healthy bodies here. I don’t care how you spin it -- you don’t want to be bringing guys in from the Browns practice squad in Week 13 at Seattle!
Ron Rivera knows what’s coming; talking about his offensive line woes: “It’s about as catastrophe as you can get. I mean, when you look at the losses we’ve had this year. But our coaches will coach up the guys that are available to us.” Against the Seahawks elite stop unit, playing in front of that 12th man crowd, expect Carolina, like Seattle, to struggle to score touchdowns. Take the Under.