Seattle at Carolina: Free Week 12 NFL Pick
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Two NFC teams looking to make a playoff run clash this Sunday with the 5-5 Seattle Seahawks going on the road to face the 6-4 Carolina Panthers in a 1 p.m. start on FOX.
The Seahawks helped their cause last Thursday night with a big 27-24 win at home against Green Bay in a game that ended as a PUSH on BetAnySports’ closing line. This snapped a two-game skid in which Seattle lost to both of the teams from Los Angeles. It did play NFC West rival Rams tough in a 36-31 loss as a 9.5-point road underdog. The Seahawks are 5-3-2 against the spread with a 3-2-1 record ATS in six previous road games.
Russell Wilson has thrown for 2,192 yards and 23 touchdowns while also gaining 227 yards on the ground. The Seahawks passing game is averaging 196.8 passing yards a game, which is well down the list in the NFL, but they are still one of the top rushing teams in the league with an average of 154.3 yards a game. Chris Carson has led the way with 580 rushing yards on 128 carries.
Carolina did not do themselves any favors the past few weeks with a 52-21 blowout loss to Pittsburgh as a 3.5-point road underdog followed by last Sunday’s 20-19 loss to Detroit as a four-point road favorite. The Panthers slipped 5-5 ATS overall with the total going OVER BetAnySports’ closing line in six of the 10 games. They return home at 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS at Bank of America Stadium this season.
This is another offense that relies rather heavily on big plays from its quarterback. Cam Newton has thrown for 2,443 yards and 20 touchdowns in his first 10 games this season and he is the team’s second-leading rusher with 354 yards and four scores on 77 attempts. Christian McCaffrey is the Panthers’ leading rusher with 632 yards and four touchdowns on 136 carries and Devin Funchess has hauled in 41 catches for 516 yards and three touchdowns as the leading receiver.
Seattle has been able to play teams tough on the road this season, but Carolina is at its best in the comfort of Bank of America Stadium. Lay the points and take the Panthers both SU and ATS.