The Seahawks (7-3-1) return to primetime this Sunday, facing off against the Carolina Panthers (4-7) at CenturyLink Field. Seattle owns an NFL-best 17-3-1 combined record in Sunday, Monday, and Thursday night games since 2010, outscoring opponents 517-288 in that span.
This week's meeting marks the seventh time in the past five seasons, including playoffs, that the Seahawks will meet the Panthers, with Seattle owning a 4-2 record in those games. The last time these two teams met the Panthers came out on top, 31-24, holding off a second-half surge by the Seahawks in last year's divisional playoff round on their way to Super Bowl 50.
Here's a look around the web at which team the national media is picking to win this weekend:
Elliott Harrison at NFL.com picks the Seahawks to win 20-17, "The Sunday night game should be every bit as physical as the Chiefs-Broncos classic last Sunday night, albeit with a hair less scoring. Carolina must make the tough catches for Cam Newton, who was under siege from a Mack truck late in Oakland. Ditto Russell Wilson, who, one week after getting sacked over and over again in Tampa, faces a defense that istied with the Seahawks for most sacks in the NFC. That's why this feels like a Thomas Rawls contest, finally. Seattle definitely would be catching a break if Luke Kuechly were to miss another game, although A.J. Klein has fared well as Kuechly's replacement. Don't be surprised if Wilson takes advantage, as the fifth-year pro always picks it up during the winter months. His career 109.2 passer rating in the second half of the season is the highest in pro football since the merger."
David Newton at ESPN.com likes the Seahawks to win 24-7, "Cam Newton is playing behind an offensive line in which only left tackle Andrew Norwell is at the same position he began the season. Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil and backup Gino Gradkowski went on injured reserve this week, leaving that job to little-known Tyler Larsen. Right guard Trai Turner will start at right tackle. The Seahawks rank fourth in the NFL in sacks with 31, and Newton has struggled against the pass rush this season."
Sheil Kapadia predicts a three-point victory for Seattle, 24-21, "This is a tough spot for the Seahawks. The offense was inept last week, scoring three points on 11 possessions in a loss to Tampa Bay. Was it just a hiccup or the start of a trend? The Seahawks are reshuffling their offensive line once again, starting Bradley Sowell at right tackle in place of Garry Gilliam.Russell Wilson was sacked six times and hit 11 more times in the Week 12 loss to the Bucs. If the Seahawks can't protect him better, they'll be in for a long night versus Carolina. But Pete Carroll's teams have done a good job bouncing back in the past, and the offense had averaged 29.3 points per game from Weeks 9 to 11."
Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com thinks the Seahawks will win 28-20, "This is a second straight road game for the Panthers, and it's against a good team that is coming off a loss in a tough place to play. Carolina beat the Seahawks in Seattle last year, but not this time."
Peter Schrager at FOXSports.com picks the Seahawks to win 30-17, "Five of the past six times these two teams squared off, the game was decided by seven or fewer points. Remember, Seattle came all the way back and nearly pulled off the wildest finish of 2016 in that NFC Divisional Round game a season ago. Two different teams this year and some key pieces are missing from both of last year's teams this go around. But I like Seattle. Russell Wilson is 15-3 in December games over the course of his career and has the highest passer rating in December games of any QB since 1970. This is the time of year the Seahawks get going. They got their head-scratching loss out of their system last week. Now, they roll."
At ProFootballTalk.com, Mike Florio has the Seahawks winning 31-20 and Michael David Smith takes the Seahawks over the Panthers, 24-14, writing, "The Seahawks are the better team in all three phases of the game and should beat the Panthers comfortably."
David Steele at Sporting News sees the Seahawks winning 31-23, "They're still much closer to being the team that beat the Patriots in Foxborough a few weeks ago than that team in Tampa. The Panthers stay out west after a heartbreaker in Oakland. It won't help much in the Seahawks' deafening home field.
All five writers at USA Today have the Seahawks winning and all five experts at FOXSports.com feel the same way.
Seven of eight experts at CBSSports.com see a Seattle victory this weekend.
And all nine analysts at ESPN.com have the Seahawks over the Panthers.
Take a look at the Carolina Panthers players you can expect to see when the Seattle Seahawks take the field in Week 13 on Sunday Night Football at CenturyLink Field.