Seahawks vs. Panthers Free Pick
CHARLOTTE, NC (The Spread) – Both the Seahawks and Panthers will look to bounce back from tough losses in Week 4 when they meet in Carolina today at 4:05PM ET. Which team will cover?
NFL Odds: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Panthers are currently 2.5-point favorites over the Seahawks while the over/under total is sitting at 43.5 points. Seattle enters the game with a 2-2 record and is 0-2 on the road, while Carolina is 1-3 overall and 1-1 at home.
Line Movement: The Panthers opened as 3-point favorites but the line has been bet down to 2.5, although there are several books that still list Seattle as a 3-point underdog. The total, meanwhile, opened at 44 and is down to 43.5.
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Public Betting: Of the wagers currently placed on this game, 59% of NFL public bettors currently favor the Panthers. This information is subject to change leading up to kickoff, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date NFL public betting numbers.
NFL FREE PICK: Take Carolina. The Panthers are coming off a deflating loss to the Falcons in Atlanta last week, but it was a game they should have won. Outside of a fumble that factored into the defeat, Cam Newton played exceptionally well and will continue to be a headache for opposing defenses. On the other side, the Seahawks lack punch in the passing game and the more film defenses have on Russell Wilson, the less effective he has become. Marshawn Lynch will be a problem for Carolina’s brutal run defense, but look for Newton to take over this game. According to latest NFL trends, the Seahawks are 17-37-2 against the spread in their last 56 road games, while the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings between these two teams overall. The Panthers are also 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight up loss and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games in Week 5.
2012 NFL WEEK 5 FREE PICK: CAROLINA PANTHERS -2.5