The Seahawks had won three straight SU and ATS before things went haywire in last week's 14-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+6 at home). Safety Earl Thomas missed the first game of his career, and cornerback DeShawn Shead also had to sit out, both with hamstring injuries. Their status for Week 13 remains uncertain at press time.
Carolina has a point differential of minus-5 on the season, so that 4-7 record is deceiving, but the Cats are in big trouble on the injury front. Star linebacker Luke Kuechly is out indefinitely with a concussion, and the makeshift offensive line in front of quarterback Cam Newton has been even worse without centre Ryan Kalil (shoulder) and tackle Michael Oher (concussion).
NFL Odds: Injuries Abound in Panthers-Seahawks MatchupThe Seattle Seahawks (7-3-1 SU, 6-5 ATS) will host the Carolina Panthers (4-7 SU, 3-7-1 ATS) for this week's episode of Sunday Night Football, kicking off at 8:30 PM ET on NBC. But hamstring injuries to Earl Thomas and DeShawn Shead could cost Seattle as a 7-point home favourite.
The Panthers are in rough shape, too. They'll be without linebacker Luke Kuechly indefinitely because of a concussion – the same injury that will keep offensive tackle Michael Oher out for the rest of the season. Centre Ryan Kalil is also week-to-week with a nagging shoulder problem.