The NFL playoffs will continue this weekend and in one game the Carolina Panthers will host the Seattle Seahawks.
By: Shane Lambert
The divisional round of the 2016 NFL playoffs will begin and end this upcoming weekend. As a result, the teams that received byes through Wild Card Weekend won’t be idle any longer. In one game, the two-time NFC champs will be on the road against the team with the best record from the regular season.
Betting odds on the game imply a close contest. The Panthers head into the game as the mild favorite, priced at -145 (20/29) with William Hill. Seattle, conversely, come in priced as mild underdogs at +125 (5/4) with the same firm.
One would think that the Panthers might be considered stronger favorites in this game. They went 15-1 on the year, they were undefeated from home, and Carolina defeated Seattle during the regular season in a game that the Seahawks hosted. While the Seahawks have the more experience playoff performers, right now is the time when last year’s postseason promises to pay dividends for the Panthers.
After squeaking into the 2015 post-season, Carolina notched a home-field victory, a result that has to give many on this year’s team some confidence heading into this weeknd’s big game. It’s true that Seattle are the more proven franchise in recent seasons, but the Panthers aren’t totally inexperienced.
Furthermore, while you could talk about Seattle’s recent winning seasons you could also talk about how fluky they are to be at this point in the 2016 playoffs. Minnesota’s missed chip shot in the last minute of Sunday’s game promises to live in infamy for the Vikings. It truly was a choke for the ages – one that kept Seattle alive. Whether they make the most of their opportunity or play like the 11-6 team that they are remains to be seen.
However, -145 on a 15-1 team that is hosting, that is undefeated at home on the year, and that has the player that many think will win the MVP is always a good line. I think a changing of the guard in the NFC is in order this weekend when the Panthers host the Seahawks. I expect a Carolina victory on Sunday (1:05pm ET FOX), a MVP award for Newton when the time comes, and lots of playoff success for him in the seasons to come as well.
2-pt win on Carolina to defeated Seattle at -145 with William Hill