Carolina returns from their bye week with a 4-0 record, which will be tested as they head to Seattle. The Seahawks are 2-3 after losing a 24-7 4th-quarter lead in Cincy, but they're 2-0 at home.
Opening Odds & Line Movement
Open: -5.5 -105 at Pinnacle
The Seahawks opened up this NFL odds as a 5.5-point favorite at home, which then moved to -6.5 and is now at -7. Seattle is well known to be a good home team, and even though they have a lot of problems on offense, they're still a team that won the Super Bowl two years ago and lost on the final play last season. Also, they should be getting one important piece back in their lineup and they have to be fired up about giving the Cincinnati game. This is a game that is bigger for the Seahawks than it is for the Panthers and bettors see a bit of value with the Seahawks.
DE Jared Allen is listed as doubtful for the Panthers with a bad back, but Carolina should have LB Luke Kuechly back in the lineup after dealing with a concussion. LB A.J. Klein has also been battling a concussion problem and he could be good to go for the Panthers.
Carolina might need all the linebackers they can get as Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch looks to finally be healthy after a bad hamstring problem. He'll replace Derrick Coleman, who has been suspended because of a legal issue, but the running game needs more than Lynch as the offensive line has been truly awful so far this season. LB Bobby Wagner has a sprained pectoral muscle and his status is up in the air, which would be a huge blow to the Seattle front seven.
The Panthers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games overall, and 4-0-1 ATS in their last five on the road. The Seahawks are 1-5-2 ATS in their last eight, and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five at home, but given their dominance in recent years, they get big lines.
Seattle is 7-2 SU and 4-4-1 ATS in nine meetings with Carolina since 2000, winning five in a row SU. In Seattle, the Panthers are 0-4 SU and 1-2-1 ATS, failing to score more than 17 points in any of those four games.
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