Game Predictions & Player Projections - CAR vs SEA

Game Predictions & Player Projections - CAR vs SEA


Game Predictions & Player Projections - CAR vs SEA

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Prediction: CAR 6, SEA 23 (Line: SEA by 10.5)

This is a replay of week eight when the Seahawks won 13-9 in Carolina in a yawner of a defensive game. Played in Seattle, all we can hope for is that the Seahawks score more this time. This should be a lock for the lowest scoring game of the weekend.

Carolina Panthers

1 @TB 20-14 10 @PHI 21-45
2 DET 24-7 11 ATL 17-19
3 PIT 19-37 12 BYE —-
4 @BAL 10-38 13 @MIN 13-31
5 CHI 31-24 14 @NO 41-10
6 @CIN 37-37 15 TB 19-17
7 @GB 17-38 16 CLE 17-13
8 SEA 9-13 17 @ATL 34-3
9 NO 10-29  
News | Statistics | Roster
CAR @ SEA Rush Catch Pass
QB Cam Newton 40 180
RB Jonathan Stewart 40 3-20
RB DeAngelo Williams 20
TE Greg Olsen 4-30
WR Kelvin Benjamin 5-60
WR Philly Brown 2-20
WR Jerricho Cotchery 4-40
PK Graham Gano 2 FG

Pregame Notes: The Panthers held off the Cardinals 27-16 last week but even that was a mild disappointment given the Cards were on the road without Andre Ellington while using a third string quarterback who ended the game with the lowest offensive yardage in the history of the NFL playoffs thanks to a 20 yard loss on his final pass completion. The Panthers only have three road wins this year and none of them had a winning record or was the #1 seed in the NFC.

QUARTERBACK : Back in week eight, Cam Newton only passed for 171 yards and no scores on the visiting Seahawks and ran for only 24 yards on 12 runs. It was his only game all year without any touchdowns and his worst fantasy game. And that was at home. Newton already had six games under 200 yards this year.

RUNNING BACK : Jonathan Stewart ran for 79 yards on 16 carries in that game but has been effective in recent weeks. Stewart ended the year with 100+ rush yards in three of the final five games but all were at home other than in New Orleans. Stewart remains the primary back but DeAngelo Williams is back and just last week Foswhitt Whitaker caught a touchdown as did Mike Tolbert though both only had a couple of touches in the game.

WIDE RECEIVER : Kelvin Benjamin ended with four catches for 94 yards versus the Seahawks last time and he’s clearly been the only wideout of any note for the Panthers. Benjamin scored nine times this year and broke 100 yards three times but has been less productive late in the year. He should match on Richard Sherman this week though it doesn’t matter. Benjamin is the only one to stop in the passing offense and the Seahawks can commit plenty to doing just that. Jerricho Cotchery only gained 33 yards on three catches versus the Seahawks before.

Philly Brown did not play in that week eight meeting and is nursing a sore shoulder. I’ll assume he will play be the diminutive slot receiver remained below 50 yards in in the final ten games of the year.

TIGHT END : Greg Olsen is one of the most productive tight ends this year though most of that came in the first half of the season and he has only scored once in the final nine games. Worse yet he only produced one catch for 16 yards versus the Seahawks in week eight and ended the year with three straight games of only 37 yards or less with no scores..

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: No need to breakdown what should be an ugly outing. The Panthers failed to score a touchdown in the first meeting in Carolina and now face a rested Seahawk team at home. The Panthers get a taste of what they just doled out to the Cardinals.

Gaining Fantasy Points CAR 8 31 23 6 14 23
Preventing Fantasy Points SEA 1 8 1 16 2 5

Seattle Seahawks

1 GB 36-16 10 NYG 39-17
2 @SD 21-30 11 @KC 20-24
3 DEN 26-20 12 ARI 19-3
4 BYE —– 13 @SF 19-3
5 @WAS 27-17 14 @PHI 24-14
6 DAL 23-30 15 SF 17-7
7 @STL 26-28 16 @ARI 35-6
8 @CAR 13-9 17 STL 20-6
9 OAK 30-24  
News | Statistics | Roster
SEA vs CAR Rush Catch Pass
QB Russell Wilson 60,1 180,1
RB Marshawn Lynch 90,1 2-10
TE Luke Wilson 2-20
WR Doug Baldwin 4-50,1
WR Jermaine Kearse 3-30
WR Paul Richardson 2-40
PK S. Hauschka 3 FG 2 XP

Pregame Notes: The Seahawks have already played not only the Panthers, but also the Packers and Cowboys this year so the next two home games are going to be repeats of previous games. Owning the #1 seed sets the Seahawks up for a potential repeat championship and like the Patriots they looked weaker earlier in the year only to come back and peak at the end of the season. There may not be a lot of fantasy points in the NFC Championship game but you can be pretty sure some of them will belong to Seattle. They are the team to beat… again…

QUARTERBACK : Russell Wilson threw for 199 yards and one score in Carolina this year and ran for 35 yards. He finished the year with 20 passing touchdowns and sub-200 yardage in half his games. But he also added six rushing touchdowns and up to 122 rushing yards in a game as well. Wilson has been solid with 50+ rush yards per week and usually two scores total from either passes or runs.

RUNNING BACK : Back in week eight, Marshawn Lynch only rushed for 62 yards on 14 carries in Carolina and only caught one pass for a one yard gain. But Lynch totaled 17 touchdowns on the year and has been even more productive in the second half of the season. This time of year is when Lynch is at his best and he’s received over 20 carries per game in all but two of the games since the first meeting with the Panthers.

WIDE RECEIVER : Doug Baldwin caught six passes for 61 yards in Carolina this year and has been the primary wideout all along. He ended the regular season with a team high three receiving touchdowns and two 100 yard games. Jermaine Kearse only managed two catches for 15 yards in that first meeting and should be over his hamstring strain this week. The rookie Paul Richardson is the one to watch since he’s getting three to five catches in recent games. He’ll become a bigger factor for 2015.

TIGHT END : No fantasy value aside from the one freakish 139 yard effort in Arizona by Luke Wilson when he scored twice. As a team they only had four touchdowns by tight ends on the season. Wilson is otherwise stuck at one or two catch weeks.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: This should not take a high score to win and the Seahawks at home will look to their normal playbook – plenty of rushing with only as much passing as is needed. Like any week, Lynch and Russell are the only safe bets for fantasy points and both should improve on their previous stats back in Carolina a few months ago.

Gaining Fantasy Points SEA 5 10 30 21 7 25
Preventing Fantasy Points CAR 21 19 20 14 16 20

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