Carolina Panthers Challenge Seattle Seahawks Amidst Losing Streak

Carolina Panthers Challenge Seattle Seahawks Amidst Losing Streak

by December 14, 2019 0 comments

The Seattle Seahawks travel to Charlotte, N.C., at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, to face the Carolina Panthers. Carolina takes the home field for the first time since interim head coach Perry Fewell took over the team. The Seahawks enter this week with a 10-3 record on the season and lead the all-time series between the two teams, aiming to make this game the third in a row. Meanwhile, the Panthers are 5-8 on the season and are looking to break their five-game losing streak.

Seattle Seahawks Notables

The Seahawks were defeated by the Los Angeles Rams last week but have posted an average of 383.9 offensive and 375.5 defensive yards this season. Russell Wilson has thrown 280 of 419 completed passes for 3,422 yards, 22 touchdowns, and five interceptions for a 107.5 rating. Chris Carson leads the team with 246 carries for 1,057 yards and five touchdowns, while Tyler Lockett has recorded 67 receptions for 874 yards and six touchdowns. Quandre Diggs and Tre Flowers both have three interceptions this season. Jason Myers has successfully kicked 33 of 36 extra-point attempts and 20 of 25 field goals.

Offense

Wilson passed for 339 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions and a 128.3 rating the last time the two teams met and has posted an average of a 99.2 rating in his six career games against the Panthers. Wilson is going for his fifth game in a row against an NFC South opponent with a rating of 100 or greater and his sixth in a row against the division with two or more touchdown passes.

Carson posted 91 scrimmage yards in Week 14 as well as recording a rushing touchdown in the last game against Carolina. Carson is going for his third game in a row on the road against an NFC South opponent with a rushing touchdown and is one of four running backs with greater than 1,000 rushing yards and five or more touchdowns in the last two seasons.

In the last meeting, Lockett recorded five catches for 107 yards and a touchdown and is going for his fifth consecutive game against the NFC South with 100 or more receiving yards.

Rookie D.K. Metcalf led the team last week with six catches and 78 receiving yards and has recorded six or more receptions and at least 70 receiving yards in the last four of five games. Metcalf leads all rookies this season with 50 catches and 783 receiving yards.

Defense

Bobby Wagner had his seventh game posting 10 or more tackles in Week 14 when he recorded 14 against the Rams, and he ranks second in the league for tackles with 1,043 since 2012. K.J. Wright is going for his fourth game in a row against an NFC South opponent with 10 or more tackles and Jadevon Clowney has posted a sack and a forced fumble in his last two of three games on the road. Quandre Diggs had his first career game with two interceptions last week, including his second career pick-six.

The Seahawks are favored to win this game with a 60 percent win probability. This number is so low because of the number of players listed on the injury report this week. Clowney will not play as he recovers from an illness that hampered his practice time and Mychal Kendricks has also been ruled out, giving rookie linebacker Cody Barton his second career start. Also listed on the report as questionable are Luke Willson, Ziggy Ansah, and Shaquil Griffin.

Carolina Panthers Notables

The Panthers come into this week after a 20-point loss last week at the Atlanta Falcons and have posted an average of 341.5 offensive yards and 373.9 defensive yards on the season. Kyle Allen has thrown 253 completed passes on 407 tries for 2,750 yards, 16 touchdown, and an astounding 12 interceptions for an 82.8 rating. Christian McCaffrey leads the Panthers with 246 carries for 1,220 yards and 12 touchdowns, while D.J. more has recorded 78 receptions for 1,061 yards and four touchdowns. Mario Addison still leads the team with nine-and-a-half sacks on the season, and James Bradberry has three interceptions. Rookie Joey Slye, who started out great, has had a slump as of late and kicked 27 of 31 extra points while missing seven field goals, putting 21 of 28 through the posts.

Offense 

Allen is going for his third game in a row with both passing and rushing touchdowns and has two or more touchdown passes in the last two of three starts at Bank of America Stadium. Allen posted 293 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss at Atlanta last week.

McCaffrey became the fifth player in NFL history to post more than 1,900 scrimmage yards in two of their first three career seasons in Week 14 after recording 11 receptions and 135 scrimmage yards. McCaffrey also has eight games with 10 or more catches which is the most by any running back in league history and he is going for his eighth game in a row with 100 or more scrimmage yards.

Moore put up 81 receiving yards last week and is going for his seventh game in a row at home with six or more receptions and 775 or more receiving yards. This season, Moore became the first Carolina wide receiver since Kelvin Benjamin in 2014 to have 1000 or more receiving yards in one season, making this season his career-high with three games left to play.

Ian Thomas, stepping in for Greg Olsen, recorded his first touchdown catch of the season last week against Atlanta.

Luke Kuechly is going for his third game in a row against Seattle with 12 or more tackles and leads the NFL with 1,062 tackles. Donte Jackson has posted three pass deflections and two interceptions in his last three games against the NFC West.

Mario Addison has posted a forced fumble in the last two of three games at home and is going his fourth home game with at least one sack. Eric Reid is going for his eighth game in a row with eight or more tackles and is one of two defensive backs with 100 or more tackles and five pass deflections this season.

The Panthers’ injury list has Marquis Haynes listed as out, Garret McGhin as doubtful, and Mario Addison and Eric Reid as questionable in addition to placing Olsen on the injured reserve list.

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