Money Line odds (As of Nov. 22)
The NFL playoff race is heating up, and the Seattle Seahawks find themselves right in the thick of things after a Week 11 win against the Green Bay Packers.
Into the 12th week of the season – by the way, where does the time go? – the Seahawks have a 5-5 record but are right behind the sixth seed Minnesota Vikings going into NFL Sunday, which features key matchups for both of those clubs.
The Vikings host their NFC North rivals, the Green Bay Packers, and in prime time, too. Meanwhile, the Seahawks will travel to Carolina to face Cam Newton and the Panthers, the fifth seed in the NFC, but losers of two straight games.
NFL Betting Breakdown
No surprise that the Seahawks go into this matchup as the underdogs on the road – 3.5-point underdogs to be exact, with Money Line odds of 2.45 to win at PlayNow.com, as of Thursday. This would be a huge victory for Seattle’s crew, which you could argue has surpassed preseason predictions of a team that would likely struggle, especially given the amount of turnover to their coaching staff and defence during the offseason.
They certainly struggled earlier in the season, but have managed to make over their identity – getting back to the days of establishing the run – mid-season. Five wins in their last eight games – and three losses all by one score to the L.A. Rams and Chargers – have the Seahawks nipping on the heels of teams currently holding playoff positions.
This matchup does present a number of challenges for Seattle. The Seahawks will have to keep Christian McCaffrey, the dual threat second-year running back, in check. Rookie receiver D.J. Moore seems to be finding his stride late in the season, with 129 yards from scrimmage in Week 8 and 157 receiving yards plus a touchdown in Week 11 against Detroit. Cam Newton has thrown 20 touchdowns this season while only tossing six interceptions. Mind you, Newton, who also tends to run with the football, has fumbled five times.
The Panthers, however, have been a different team at home. They are a perfect 5-0 so far this season at Bank of America Stadium, averaging just 21.8 points against. On the road? The Panthers are 1-4 and have given up 28.6 points against per game. That includes allowing 52 points to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10.
The Seahawks go into this game with a .500 winning percentage across the board. They’re 2-2 at home and 3-3 on the road, yet their odds to cover the spread are higher than the odds of the Panthers, per PlayNow.com.
Something will have to give in this matchup.
From a point spread perspective, the Seahawks have recently had some success with a 7-3-2 record against the spread in their last 12 road games. They’re 5-3-2 ATS this season, which puts them in the top 10 in the league in that category. The Panthers have been solid against the spread with an 8-2 record in their last 10 home games, and 4-1 ATS at home in 2018.
Of course, once their game with the Panthers is over, the Seahawks and their fans will turn their attention to the Sunday Night Football matchup between the Vikings and Packers, with its NFC playoff implications. Minnesota was, as of Thursday, a 3.5-point favourite against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.