NFL preseason predictions: Seahawks to finish in first place in NFC West

Seattle Seahawks preseason schedule: Sunday, July 12, 6:00 p.m.

ET Seattle (AP) Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has a new look on offense.

He’ll likely have to replace a number of key players on defense, though.

The Seahawks finished the preseason in the NFC West cellar.

They had their worst record at 3-9, and they finished their preseason on the road.

Carroll will have to be patient with his team moving forward, but he won’t be able to rely on his offense.

The team’s defense has struggled to stop Seattle’s explosive offensive playmakers, and the team is already without its starting quarterback.

The NFC West is the most difficult division in the NFL, and it won’t get any easier when the Seahawks play in Seattle on Sunday.

Seahawks preseason odds: Seattle is a wild card in the wild-card race.

They will face either the Arizona Cardinals or the Carolina Panthers.

The Cardinals and Panthers are in the playoff picture, so their teams will likely make the playoffs.

Seahawks vs. Panthers odds: Seahawks are favored by 2.5 points in this matchup.

The Panthers are the No. 4 seed in the conference, but they are on a bye week, and their only victory in preseason came in Week 3 against the New York Giants.

Carolina has won six of their last seven preseason games, but this is the first time they’ve won nine straight in the division.

Panthers vs. Seahawks odds: Carolina is the No, 3 seed in this race, but Seattle is favored by 1.5.

Seattle is 3-0 this season, but the team hasn’t won a preseason game since Week 7 against the San Francisco 49ers.

The matchup should be interesting, as Carolina has been dominant at home, with wins over the Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and Tennessee Titans.

Seattle has also beaten Carolina on the strength of two field goals.

The season-opening win in Seattle was Carolina’s third road win in four weeks.

The two teams have met only once all season, in the preseason finale at CenturyLink Field.

Panthers -5.5 Carolina Panthers vs Seahawks odds.

The Carolina Panthers have won four of their past five games against the Seattle Seahawks.

They’ve won seven of their eight preseason games.

Carolina will be looking to extend its winning streak to seven games with this matchup, as it has the second-best record in the league at 7-3.

Panthers at Seahawks preseason prediction: The Panthers will try to extend their record to eight games with a victory Sunday.

Seattle’s first-round opponent this season was the Los Angeles Rams, but that game was decided by two points, and that wasn’t enough to secure a spot in the postseason.

This game will be a little different.

Carolina is 3.5-point favorites.

The score could be as high as 12 points, depending on the score on the kickoff.

Carolina plays its preseason opener at Centurylink Field.

It’s the fourth-busiest stadium in the nation, and many of the teams fans have been on the ground in the past few days.

The game will air on ESPN, with ESPN3 coverage kicking off at 6:30 p.metro.

It’ll also be streamed on ESPN.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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