The Carolina Panthers advanced to the divisional round of the NFC Playoffs when they defeated the 11-5 Arizona Cardinals 27-17 last Saturday. We should no longer look down at their 7-8-1 losing record, as a matter of fact we should not take into account nobody’s record in the playoffs because the saying “every team’s record is 0-0 when the postseasons start.” is a true statement. If not ask the New Orleans Saints who fell victim to the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks in the 2010 Wildcard Round of the playoffs after coming off a 13-3 season and a Super Bowl Championship run.
The Carolina Panthers are revitalized after going thru an identity crisis in the regular season. In spite of not having defensive end Greg Hardy in the lineup the Panthers defense has weathered the storm by contributing to the defeat of the Saints, Falcons, and recently the Cardinals. Now they go on the road to face the defending Super Bowl Champions the Seattle Seahawks who will be ready to play in the noisy confines of Century Link Field.
The Legion of Boom along with the Seahawks vaunted defensive line led by Michael Bennett will give the Panthers offense their best efforts in their pursuit of becoming the first team since the New England Patriots to repeat as Super Bowl Champions. Now if you recalled the Panthers vs Seahawks last two meetings they were low scoring slug fests as the Seahawks won both match ups. When the Panthers are at full strength I believe that they are evenly matched with the Seahawks.
Both teams have dual threat quarterbacks that can make plays out of anything; however I believe Wilson is better out of the two for right now. Do not expect any shootouts in this contest; this will be a 60 minute showdown between two very physical ball clubs. Like I have previously stated before, when I predict defensive battles the team that gives up that one explosive play or make that costly mistake will most likely lose this game.
This Saturday the Panthers will be the team that makes that costly mistake or give up that big play to Russell Wilson or Marshawn Lynch and lose this game. Even though both clubs are evenly matched I believe the Seahawks have better weapons on offense to make things happen this Saturday. The Panthers only chance of winning this contest is whether their defense can shut down the two headed monster of Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch or their newest weapon tight end Luke Wilson.
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