Lions vs. Seahawks Odds
Two teams that have been struggling in recent weeks kickoff the NFC playoffs when the Seattle Seahawks host the Detroit Lions tonight at 8:15PM ET.
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Seahawks are the clear favorite in this game, as Seattle is getting odds of -8 points against the Lions. The over/under total is listed at 43.5 points. Seattle opened as a 7-point favorite this week and the spread quickly jumped to 8 where it held from there. The public betting is actually with the Lions on the road, as Detroit is getting 57 percent of the wagers as the underdog. Seattle has won three of its last four against the Lions, but Detroit is 3-1 against the spread. These two haven’t met this season.
The Seahawks won the NFC West this season by going 10-5-1. However, Seattle hasn’t been very consistent. Seattle has gone just 3-3 in its last six and is only 8-8 against the spread for the season. Known for defense, Seattle has been struggling in recent weeks since Earl Thomas suffered a season-ending leg injury. The Seahawks have allowed at least 23 points in three of their last four, including 34 to Arizona and 38 to Green Bay. On the season, the Seahawks allowed only 18.3 points per game. The team has 42 sacks on the season while forcing a total of 19 turnovers. Offensively, Seattle has struggled all season to establish the run, averaging just 99.4 yards per game on the ground. Christine Michael, who isn’t even with the team anymore, is their leading rusher on the season with 469 yards. Thomas Rawls is averaging just 3.2 yards per carry this season and has only had one game with any real impact. Russell Wilson has improved his play over the season after suffering some injuries early in the year. He has thrown for 4,219 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 259 yards. Doug Baldwin has had another big year, catching 94 passes for 1,128 yards and seven scores.
Detroit seemingly had a lock on the NFC North at 9-4, but the Lions have lost their last three games, all to playoff teams, to finish at 9-7 and in the sixth Wild Card spot. The Lions have relied heavily on fourth-quarter comebacks this year, as they have trailed in the fourth in 15 of their 16 games. However, a finger injury to Matthew Stafford four weeks ago has caused a steep decline in the offense. He has thrown for 4,327yards and 24 touchdowns on the season, but since injuring himself, he has three touchdowns with six interceptions. Stafford hasn’t had much help in the run game, as Detroit averages just 81.9 yards per game on the ground. The unit could also be without two starters on the offensive line as Travis Swanson is out due to a concussion while Riley Reiff is questionable with a hip injury. Defensively, the Lions aren’t awful. They have given up 22.4 points and 354.8 yards per game, but their lack of a pass rush and a secondary with little depth has been exploited in recent weeks. Detroit has just 26 sacks on the year while forcing only 14 turnovers.