Familiar faces with Seahawks set to host Panthers

Familiar faces with Seahawks set to host Panthers

But good offenses have been able to turn games with Seattle into high-scoring affairs, and that's what Carolina will look to do on Sunday.

Carolina has enjoyed recent success when pegged as an underdog of seven or more points, going 5-1-1 ATS in its past seven such outings. Newton has five rushing TDs and is only player in National Football League with five or more TD runs in each of past six seasons. Most recently, they lost on the road by three points to the Oakland Raiders, who are tied for the best record in the AFC.

Well, part of the problem is the thrift-store offensive line the team has cobbled together-it's rated 31st in run blocking and 32nd in pass blocking by Pro Football Focus.

Instead of traveling back to the East Coast and then flying back out west this week, Carolina is practicing at San Jose State in northern California. Meanwhile, the Seahawks sit at 7-3-1 and are first in the NFC West. He had 79 yards rushing for the season going into the game.

Seattle has been simply dominant in contests at CenturyLink Field in recent seasons, going 25-5 SU.

Minnesota Vikings plus-3.5 vs. Dallas Cowboys Minnesota's defense, which gives up 4.9 yards per play to rank third in the league, is every bit as strong as Dallas' offense, which gains 6.2 yards per play to rank third in the league. Wilson has 2,468 passing yards and 18 touchdown passes, while committing just two turnovers, in his past nine home games. With Britt out, Seattle struggled with protection and the Bucs sacked Wilson six times.

But in the overall NFC playoff hunt, Seattle's loss leaves the club just a half game ahead of the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions and NFC South-leading Atlanta Falcons for the No. 2 seed in the conference standings.

The Seahawks got their best injury news in weeks at practice Wednesday.

That was after a report by the league-owned NFL Network on October 30 that said the Seahawks were working on an extension of the four-year, $28.5 contract that has another year remaining on it after this one.

The situation on safety Earl Thomas is more in doubt after he missed a game with a hamstring aliment. A lot of those carries early in the year, we would hand the ball off and couldn't do much with it. Oh, and they're also getting Michael Bennett back for the first time in over a month. The last was a Newton 26-yard pass to Olsen with 32 seconds to go. Down 23-14, Carolina went 80 yards on each of its final two possessions for touchdowns.

The total has gone over in the Panthers' last three games against the Seahawks.