Panthers vs. Seahawks: Week 3 Betting Preview & Predictions

by | 22 September 2023

The 1-1-0 Seattle Seahawks host the 0-2-0 Carolina Panthers at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Seahawks have a point spread of -5½ with a money line of -110. The over/under total on the game is currently set at 42 points.

&The Seattle Seahawks are coached by Pete Carroll who has been with the team since 2010. They have a current season record of 1-1-0 after going 9-8 last season. All coaches want big games from their defense andPete Carroll is no different.

The Seattle Seahawks are coached by Pete Carroll who has been with the team since 2010. They have a current season record of 1-1-0 after going 9-8 last season. All coaches want big games from their defense andPete Carroll is no different.

Geno Smith is the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. The 33-year-old West Virginia alum entered the league in 2013 and is looking for a win in front of the home crowd here. Thus far this season he has started 2 games and throw for 440 yards with a completion percentage of 71.6 percent. Geno Smith has thrown 3 touchdowns against 0 interceptions and has a QB Rating of 104.1.

His main target will be D.K. Metcalf. The home crowd would love to see some fireworks from the 26-year-old target. He has made 9 receptions to date on 11 targets, a catch percentage of 0.818, for a total of 122 yards. D.K. Metcalf is averaging 13.6 yards per catch with 1 touchdowns thus far. Geno Smith will be looking to connect with him for more here.

The Seattle Seahawks running game is lead by the 23-year-old Kenneth Walker III. A big game from him could be the key to controlling the clock here. He’s taken 29 carries and rushed for 107 yards thus far this season. His yards per game currently sits at 53.5 yards per game, a number that you know Pete Carroll would love to see him exceed in this game. Kenneth Walker III has 2 touchdowns this season and 0 fumbles.

Their kicker is Jason Myers who has made 3 of 6 field goals this season, a 0.5 field goal percentage, with a long of 42 yards. The Seattle Seahawks fans don’t want to see him too much, but it’s good to know he can hit one if needed.

Overall, the Seattle Seahawks offense ranks 2 out of 32 teams in Offense DVOA at 0.234438722467634, per FootballOutsiders. This season they have a Red Zone success rate of 0.714 with 5 Red Zone touchdowns in 7 attempts.

On the defensive end, the Seattle Seahawks have a Defense DVOA of -0.195962584171218, ranking 6 in the league.

The Carolina Panthers are on the road for this one. Frank Reich’s squad is 0-2-0 this season after going 7-10 last year. He has been at the helm since 2023 and is looking to grab a road win here. The Carolina Panthers have a betting line of -5½ or you could bet them straight up at -110.

22-year-old Bryce Young will be under center for this one. He entered the league in 2023 after playing his college days at Alabama. Bryce Young has a quarterback rating of 66.6 on 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He’s started 2 games and thrown for 299, a completion percentage of 59.2.

The Carolina Panthers will look to get the running game going in this match-up and to do that they’ll need a big game from Miles Sanders. The 26-year-old back has rushed for 0 touchdowns thus far this season and he’ll look to take it to the house again against the Seattle Seahawks. He’s taken the hand-off 32 times and added 115 yards for the offense. Miles Sanders is averaging 57.5 yards per game for the season and has lost the ball 1 times. A turnover on the road could be seen as unacceptable for Frank Reich so he’ll need to protect the ball here.

On the passing front, Bryce Young will look to target Adam Thielen against the Frank Reich defense. Adam Thielen has 1 touchdowns thus far this season and his team will be looking for more here. On the year, he’s been targeted 11 times and made 9 catches for 66 yards. Adam Thielen has a catch percentage of 0.818 and his yards per reception is 7.3.

The team will be looking for touchdowns, but they have Eddy Pineiro to knock down field goals if needed. His season long is a 54 yarder which is always helpful on the road. Eddy Pineiro has made 4 field goals on 54 attempts, a field goal percentage of 1.

According to FootballOutsiders, the Carolina Panthers offense has a Defense-adjusted Value Over Average of -0.248076547280583 which ranks at number 28 out of thirty two teams. If they hope to win on the road, they’ll need to do well in the Red Zone. For the year, they have scored 2 Red Zone touchdowns on 5 attempts, a Red Zone percentage of 0.4.

Key Match-ups:

  • Geno Smith QB Rating of 104.1 vs. Carolina Panthers Defensive Passing YPG of 149
    Carolina Panthers have 10 interceptions this year and 8 sacks. They are allowing 22 points per game.
  • Kenneth Walker III vs. Carolina Panthers number 18 ranked DVOA Defense
    Opponents are averaging 4.3 yards per carry against Carolina Panthers and 122.647058823529 per game.
  • Bryce Young QB Rating of 66.6 vs. Seattle Seahawks Pass Defense
  • The Seattle Seahawks defense has allowed 23.5882352941177 points per game thus far this season. They have sacked the quarterback 2 times and picked him off 14 times.
  • Miles Sanders vs. Seattle Seahawks Defense
    Seattle Seahawks is giving up 150.235294117647 yards per game on 4.9 per carry thus far this season.