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2019 Week 15: Seahawks at Panthers Picks & Predictions

National media make their picks for Sunday's game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers

WK-15---Picks

Brady Henderson, ESPN.com: Seahawks 27, Panthers 21

The Seahawks will take a page out of Rams coach Sean McVay's playbook ... sort of. McVay got Jared Goff out of the pocket on designed rollouts several times Sunday night, one reason he wasn't sacked and took only four official hits. Russell Wilson, meanwhile, took five sacks and 11 hits. Now he faces one of the NFL's most productive pass rushes, with Carolina ranking second in sacks at 47.

David Newton, ESPN.com: Seahawks 30, Panthers 17

What to watch for: Can the Panthers tighten up a run defense that ranks 29th in the league as it faces the league's third-best rushing attack? If past trends continue, the Seahawks will gash Carolina for big runs and at least equal their 140.8 yards rushing per game.

Tadd Haislop, SportingNews.com:Seahawks 28, Panthers 17

The NFL's quietest rivalry unfortunately shouldn't be much of a game as long as the Seahawks play to their strengths. Carolina hasn't been able to stop the run all season, and even without Rashaad Penny, the ground game is Seattle's ticket to a win Sunday and, eventually, a potential playoff run. If last week's game is any indication, the Panthers' post-Ron Rivera play over the last three weeks of the season will be ugly.

Cody Benjamin, CBSSports.com: Seahawks 30, Panthers 21

The Panthers have struggled against the run all year long. Good thing for them they're up against ... one of the best rushing teams in the league. Russell Wilson and Co. shouldn't have a whole lot of trouble staying pace with San Francisco while on the road.

Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: Seattle Seahawks 30, Carolina Panthers 20

Finally, Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer gets a matchup that lends itself to his run-run-pass proclivities, even without Rashaad Penny in the fold. Seeing how Carolina's soft run defense was enough to awaken even the Falcons' backfield, it's safe to expect Chris Carson to run for over 150 yards this week. Interim head-coaching stints usually go in one of two directions. Either the team rallies for a few games ... or you wind up with players complaining about "horrible" play calls. Panthers interim head coach Perry Fewell is on the wrong path.

Michael David Smith, ProFootballTalk.com: Seahawks 28, Panthers 14

MDS: The Panthers showed some promise early in the season but no look to be in full-on rebuilding mode. I can't see them beating a Seahawks team fighting for the first seed in the NFC.

Michael Florio, ProFootballTalk.com: Seahawks 27, Panthers 20

Florio's take: The Seahawks need this one to stay in the best possible position for the postseason, and the Panthers just need the season to be over.

John Breech, CBSSports.com: Seahawks 20, Panthers17

BleacherReport.com: Seahawks 30, Panthers 20

Indeed, the Panthers fired Ron Rivera and then got blown out in Atlanta. And while they're back at home now, the Seahawks present a bad matchup. Carolina has the league's worst run defense in terms of DVOA, and Seattle has been doing a great job controlling games on the ground with back Chris Carson. Kyle Allen and the Panthers have also become a turnover machine during their five-game losing streak, while the Seahawks have generated 13 takeaways in the last four games. Throw in that Seattle is 6-1 on the road and hasn't lost back-to-back games in over a calendar year, and this appears to be a no-brainer.

More Picks From Around The Web

Ten of the ten polled so far at ESPN.com side with the Seahawks this Sunday.

Seven of seven writers at USA Today pick the Seahawks coming out on top on Sunday.

Six of eight experts at CBSSports.com chose the Seahawks as victors this Sunday.

The Seahawks and the Panthers will meet this Sunday at the Bank of America Stadium for Week 15 of the 2019 season. Take a look back at photos from past games between the two teams.

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