Panthers versus Seahawks from shares thoughts on the Carolina Panthers versus Seattle Seahawks

Today at Bank of America Stadium, the Carolina Panthers will be taking on the Seattle Seahawks with the opportunity to advance to the NFC Championship Game one week from today.

This will be the second time these two teams face each other this year, with the Panthers having won the first game on Seattle’s turf.

With the Panthers having already secured one victory, they look to make it two this season. has been one of the few media outlets who has seen the Panthers as favorites this season for most of the time, shared some thoughts on the Panthers versus Seahawks game.

Analyst Jay Pryce gave input on both teams, but first, here are his thoughts on the Panthers.

Dec 20, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) runs in for touchdown during the second quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

“Although it faced some so-so defenses (Saints, Giants) to close out the year, QB Cam Newton and company scored 33 or more points in six of their final seven games. The squad, in fact, performed above expectations all season, scoring more than its projected team total in all but two games. Newton, a MVP candidate, is the only player in NFL history with at least 30 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in a single season. Coach Ron Rivera expects RB Jonathan Stewart to return from a foot sprain, but the offense may look to exploit Cam’s favorite target Greg Olsen. The Pro Bowl tight end amassed 131 yards on seven catches in the first meeting, including a 32-yard TD in the final seconds to secure a victory. It was one of three times this season Olsen eclipsed 100 yards receiving; the other two were against the lowly Saints defense. The Seahawks struggled to cover TEs all year, allowing 11.71 yards per catch.”

Now that sounds favorable for the Panthers, but what does Pryce think about the Seahawks?

“The Panthers defeat sparked the turnaround, waking up a sleepwalking defense. Through its first six contests, the unit allowed 20.8 points per game. Since, it is giving up just 14.6 on average, stuffing the run in the process with 69.6 yards per contest. The unit has had its troubles against the NFL’s better offenses, though. In seven games against those scoring above the league average of 23 points, the Seahawks D yields 22.3 points per game and has given up 27 or more on five occasions. The Panthers 31.2 points per game is tops in the NFL. Offensively, it has been the Russell Wilson show of late. The QB is the first player in NFL history to record 4,000 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns and  500 rushing yards in a single season. Wilson has a 130.3 average passer rating over his last seven contests, finding the end zone 3.6 times per game during this span.”

But to see who Pryce picks, find out here.