[8:32 PM] Panthers @ Seahawks

Who will WIN this matchup?

Carolina Panthers (4-7)

@ Seattle Seahawks (7-3)


The Carolina Panthers may have to run the table to have a chance to return to the postseason as they prepare to visit the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night in a matchup of the past two Super Bowl losers. Carolina, which finished 15-1 last season. is coming off a 35-32 loss at Oakland last week to drop into last place in the AFC South with a 4-7 mark.

The Seahawks are coming off a 14-5 loss at Tampa Bay — a division rival of the Panthers — in which they failed to score a touchdown for the third time. Still, Seattle owns a comfortable three-game lead over Arizona atop the NFC West.

Carolina’s last four games — and six of the past seven — have been decided by three points and it is 2-4 in those games, along with a one-point defeat at Denver in the season opener. Quarterback Cam Newton had a passer rating above 100 in half of his 16 games en route to winning league MVP honors last season, but he has reached triple digits once this year and has completed less than 60 percent of his passes in six of 10 games. Running back Jonathan Stewart finally broke out with 96 yards rushing and two touchdowns in last week’s loss after averaging 2.7 yards per carry in his previous three games. Carolina ranks second against the run (79.5 yards) but 29th versus the pass (275.2).

Seattle amassed 88 points during a three-game winning streak prior to last week’s dud against the Buccaneers, in which quarterback Russell Wilson threw for a season-low 151 yards and was intercepted twice — matching his season total from the first 10 games. Running back Thomas Rawls was limited to 38 yards on 12 carries in his second game back from a broken leg, although Wilson rushed for a season-high 80 yards. Star safety Earl Thomas was a full participant in practice Thursday after missing the first game of his career last week while defensive end Michael Bennett could return to the lineup for the first time since Week 7. The Seahawks are allowing a league-low 17 points per game.

Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (concussion) is likely to sit out his second straight game.


StreakSmarts Pick: Seattle Seahawks

Confidence: 5/10

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