FBG says: Good matchup. The Panthers may try to move on from Cam Newton this offseason, but it won't be Kyle Allen they do it for. Week after week, Allen continues to show that his NFL ceiling is likely as a Matt Moore-level backup. Since his impressive first start back in Week 3, he's produced just 6.5 yards per attempt and 249 a game, with 12 touchdowns to 12 interceptions (and several more dropped). Allen simply doesn't boast the pocket sense or accuracy to consistently move an offense - most of that ho-hum production has come in garbage-time situations. Allen's struggles have limited his gifted young receiving corps, which has produced well enough with so much volume but is capable of even more. D.J. Moore has been a model of consistency, topping 70 yards in 8 of his last 9 games. Drawing 10 targets a game over that span, he remains a locked-in fantasy play regardless of matchup. But Curtis Samuel and the tight ends play more niche roles, and none can be counted on to produce predictably. Of them, young tight end Ian Thomas boasts the most relative appeal if Greg Olsen can't get cleared. Thomas drew 10 looks of his own Sunday and caught a short touchdown, and he averaged 49 yards a game in Olsen's place late last year.
The Seahawks sit firmly among the bottom third of the NFL in raw pass defense. That said, a disproportionate amount of that production has come while in blowout/catchup mode, and there's been noticeable improvement over the past month or so. Opposing passers have averaged 282 yards over their last 5 games, but have needed 41 attempts a game to do so. The Seattle secondary is starting to come together: cornerback Shaquill Griffin has been one of 2019's most dominant cover men, while Quandre Diggs has served as a massive upgrade on Tedric Thompson at free safety. It's worth noting that they're fresh off a semi-collapse, though, with the struggling Jared Goff putting up one of his best performances of a season last Sunday. And there's still not much pass rush here, even with Jadeveon Clowney back in action. Still, this week has the look of a mismatch. It's fair to project hefty passing volume for Kyle Allen and the Panthers, though efficiency may be tough to come by.