Panthers vs Seahawks Week 14 Picks and Predictions: Favorites Assert Themselves

Seattle's passing game has been a pleasant surprise this season and shouldn't have any problem picking apart the lowly Panthers, especially with the pressure on to win. See why our NFL picks are backing the home side for Week 14.

Daniel Dobish
Last Updated: Dec 11, 2022 8:16 AM ET Read Time: 4 min
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The Seattle Seahawks host the Carolina Panthers in a Week 14 matchup at Lumen Field in the Pacific Northwest.

The Panthers are looking to win in consecutive games for the first time this season, while also looking to lock down the team’s first road win of the 2022 campaign.

The Seahawks cannot afford to lose against another sub-.500 team if they hope to keep their playoff hopes afloat. Seattle narrowly escaped a 27-23 win on the road against the Los Angeles Rams, but it lost at home against the hapless Las Vegas Raiders in its most recent home game in Week 12.

Who will win this battle between NFC teams going in different directions? We’ll discuss in our NFL picks and predictions for Panthers vs. Seahawks on Sunday, December 10.

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Panthers vs Seahawks picks and predictions

The Seahawks were trampled by RB Josh Jacobs and the Raiders in Week 12 in the most recent game at home, and that’s a concern for the home side against RB D’Onta Foreman.

If Carolina does one thing decently on offense, it’s running the ball. The Panthers have a healthy 116.8 yards per game on the ground to rank No. 17 in the NFL.

QB Sam Darnold makes another start, and he is looking to build upon last week’s favorable 23-10 win over the Denver Broncos. The Seahawks’ defense has been very giving this season, but the pass defense is at least a respectable No. 20 in the NFL, allowing 227.7 yards per game. If Carolina has success, it will be on the ground, not through the air.

And Seattle’s offense has been on fire this season, something not many talking heads could predict at the beginning of the season. When the Seahawks dumped QB Russell Wilson to the Broncos, naming QB Geno Smith as the starter, there were doubts this team could win more than a handful of games. But Smith has been a savior, not only holding his own, but excelling at times. This pass offense ranks No. 7 overall, posting 244.4 yards per game through the air.

Smith will need to be on point, too, as the run game has some issues in the injury department. RBs DeeJay Dallas and Kenneth Walker III are dealing with ankle injuries, and each player is considered a game-time decision. So, there might be more onus on the pass game to do big things, but against the Panthers, that shouldn’t be a problem.

My best bet: Seahawks -3.5 (-110 at BetMGM)

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Panthers vs Seahawks spread analysis

The Panthers lost 13-3 last time they were on the road in Baltimore in Week 11, although Carolina did cover a 13-point number. In fact, Carolina is on a season-best 3-0 ATS run, while going 5-1 ATS across the past six games overall.

Still, Carolina has failed to win outright in five road games this season, while going 2-3 ATS away from Charlotte. And the last time we saw the Panthers on the west coast, in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams, the Panthers offense was able to score just a lone defensive touchdown in a 24-10 setback as 10-point underdogs.

The Panthers are just 2-7 ATS in the past nine games on the road, while going 1-4 ATS in the past five games against teams with a winning overall record.

Seattle has failed to cover three in a row, so there are concerns laying the three and a hook here. The Seahawks are just 1-3 ATS in four games as a favorite this season, too. Still, playing at home, trying to keep their playoff hopes alive against a losing team, that’s too tough to pass up. We’ll get Seattle’s best in the pass game, and on defense.

Panthers vs Seahawks Over/Under analysis

The Seahawks have allowed 21 or more points in four consecutive games, cashing the Over in three of the past four outings overall. Defense hasn’t exactly been a hallmark for Seattle this season, ranking No. 28 or worse in total yards allowed (382.9), rushing yards allowed (155.3) and points per game allowed (25.3).

On the flip side, Seattle has rolled up 360.9 total yards per game to check in No. 9, and the Seahawks are good for 26.5 ppg. The lack of defense and strong offensive numbers are a perfect recipe for the Over.

Carolina’s defense has been vastly improved lately, allowing just 38 total points in the past three outings, or just 12.7 PPG. It’s no surprise that the Under has cashed in all three of those outings. But the opponents in those games have had major offensive issues recently. Facing Seattle will be a completely different situation.

The Over is 5-0 for the Panthers in the past five road games against teams with a winning home record, while going 9-3 in the past 12 for the Seahawks against losing teams. The Over is also 7-3 in the past 10 games overall for the ‘Hawks.

And, for what it’s worth, the Over is 6-0 in the past six meetings in this series, and 6-0 in the past six meetings in Seattle, too.

Panthers vs Seahawks betting trend to know

The Panthers are 1-4 ATS in the past five trips to Lumen Field in Seattle, while the Over has cashed in six straight meetings in the Pacific Northwest. Find more NFL betting trends for Panthers vs. Seahawks.

Panthers vs Seahawks game info

Location: Lumen Field, Seattle, WA
Date: Sunday, December 11, 2022
Kickoff: 4:25 p.m. ET
Opening odds: Seahawks -4.5, 44.5

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