Seahawks @ Panthers Preview: Week 1 NFL Pointspread Picks 9/8/13

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Week 1 pointspreads are out, and here at Cappers Info, we are set to analyze the NFL odds for one of the top games on the slate. The Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers odds are posted, and we are set to make our NFL picks for another great game.

Week 1 NFL Picks: Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers
Date: Sunday, September 8th, 1:00 ET
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Week 1 Betting Odds: Seattle -3 (45)
Seattle vs. Carolina Live TV: FOX

The Panthers and the Seahawks have played six times in their history, and the home team has not surprisingly gone 5-1 SU and ATS in those games. Of course, the one game that strayed from the norm was last year’s 16-12 win for the Seahawks in October, a game that really helped change the course of their season and put them on the path towards contending for the Super Bowl. This time though, the slate is clean with both teams opening up with the same 0-0 record and completely different expectations. At this point, Seattle is the Super Bowl contender and Carolina is the young team that only 28% of the betting public is backing as of Sunday afternoon.

The X’s and O’s though, suggest that perhaps the Panthers can challenge. QB Cam Newton is going to put some offensive points on the board this time around, something that he only managed three of in last season’s game. He also didn’t get a thing from his ground game. Yes, Seattle is stout up front, but the fact of the matter is that Carolina only managed to get 10 carries and 22 yards from RB Jonathan Stewart and RB DeAngelo Williams combined. The Panthers are starting to build a much more formidable front seven than they had last season as well, and if this crew can keep up with what Seattle’s front seven, which is missing at least two in the rotation and could be missing as many as four due to injury, this could be an upset waiting to happen.

Seahawks @ Panthers Pick: Carolina Panthers +3
Seahawks @ Panthers Score Prediction: Carolina 21 – Seattle 17

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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