Week 5 NFL lines and odds, Seahawks vs. Panthers: Carolina slim favorites

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The Carolina Panthers are 2-point favorites over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 5.

The Carolina Panthers opened as 2-point favorites over the Seattle Seahawks for Week 5 NFL action. The Panthers (1-3) play host to the Seahawks (2-2) this Sunday. Our partner Odds Shark has even more NFL odds for this week's games and odds on other events this week.

The total for the game has been set at 44 points. The Panthers are the higher-scoring team at 20 points per game. The Seahawks have scored just 17.5 points per game this season. The Panthers are ranked 13th in total offense (373.8 yards per game) and are moved by quarterback Cam Newton and his league-leading 9.5 passing yards per attempt and his 41.8 rushing yards per game, which ranks second among NFL quarterbacks. The Seahawks have gone with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson in the first four games of the season and have the league's worst passing offense at 130.8 yards per game but the league's sixth-ranked rushing offense thanks to running back Marshawn Lynch's league-best 105.8 rushing yards per game.

The Seahawks have a big advantage on the defensive side of the ball. Seattle is second in scoring defense at 14.5 points per game, while the Panthers have given up 27.3 points per game. Seattle also has the ninth best pass defense, surrendering just 213 yards per game, and the second best rush defense, allowing 62.8 yards per game. The Panthers are 22nd against the pass (259.0 yards per game) and 25th against the rush (134.8 yards per game)

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