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|Can Carolina Still Run the Ball?
by Kevin of Ultimatecapper.com
With Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster gone, can the Panthersstill run the ball effectively enough to beat the Seahawks?
While losing a starter and an excellent backup would make onethink that a team is in trouble, Carolina is NOT.
Brad Hoover is an excellent fullback. I think we’d be more concernedif they were to lose him than Davis or Foster. With that beingsaid, in comes Nick Goings. Nick who? Don’t sweat it Panthersfans, Goings is no slouch as evidenced by his (5) 100 yard gamesin 8 starts last year.
We’d be ying-yangs to say that the team doesn’tlose a little bit without the Davis/Foster combo, but don’t forgetthat Seattle will be busting their hump trying to figure out howto shut down an explosive S. Smith at WR which will stretch thefield and make almost any NFL running back look above average.
Unrelated to the running back situation in Carolina,we’d like to note that this is the Panthers 4th straight roadgame. Don’t let that scare you though, they’ve already shown thatthey can get it done by winning 3 straight on the road which isa hell of a feat. While Seattle may be the better team on paperand in most fans minds, don’t discount this Panther team. They’vepulled some rabbits out of the hat to get to where they are today.One should also keep in mind that Seattle peaked very early andShaun Alexander is coming off a concussion. Hasselback is a decentQB but he wasn’t the same without his horse in the backfield.
We like the Panthers to cover the +4. We can’tsay for sure whether they’ll win the game, however, we like getting4 which covers 2 key numbers (3 and 4).
However you decide to bet, good luck in youraction!