The 9-7 Detroit Lions are hoping to snap a three-game skid, eight in the postseason, when they visit the 10-5-1 Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night as big road underdogs in the first NFC Wild Card Game. The NFL Detroit Vs Seattle Wild Card odds favor the Seahawks by 8-points. Kick-off is this Saturday, January 7th at 8:15 PM ET on NBC from the CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.
Detroit Lions Vs Seattle Seahawks Points Spread & Total
The Seahawks opened as 7.5-point favorites; the total was 43 early in the week. The Lions are lucky to be in the playoffs after ending the regular season on a three-game skid, capped by a 31-24 home loss to the Green Bay Packers for the NFC North title as 3.5-point home underdogs last Sunday night.
What: Detroit Lions (9-7) at Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1)
When: Saturday, January 7, 2016
Start Time: 8:15 PM ET
Where: Seattle, WA
Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Spread: Seahawks -8
Moneyline: Detroit +300 vs Seattle -380
Game Total: 42.5
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Listen: Detroit vs Seattle
Why Bet The Detroit Lions To Beat The Seahawks
The Detroit Lions ended the regular with a 9-7 SU and 8-8 ATS record after losing the regular-season finale against the Packers. They average 21.5 points per game (20th) and allow 22.4 points per game (13th).
The Lions average 256.9 passing yards per game (11th). QB Matthew Stafford (4327 yards, 24 TDs & 10 INTs) hasn’t been the same since he injured his middle finger. Before his finger injury, Stafford had completed 67.2 percent of his passes and thrown 21 touchdown passes and five interceptions, and the Lions were 8-4. Since his finger injury, Stafford has completed 60.2 percent of his passes and thrown three touchdown passes and five interceptions, and the Lions are 1-3.
"He’s in the mode where he’s gotten a good feel for what he’s doing with the apparatus," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said of Stafford and the glove. "Whether or not he’s continually experimenting with some things, I’m not certain of.
WR Golden Tate (91 rec, 1077 yards, 4 TDs) and Marvin Jones (55 rec, 930 yards, 4 TDs) have emerged as a great pass-catching duo for the Lions after Megatron’s offseason retirement.L. The Lions average 81.9 rushing yards per game (30th). RB Zach Zenner (88 rec, 334 yards, 4 TDs) has averaged 3.8 yards per carry since he took the starting tailback job. Zenner has scored three of his four touchdowns in the last two games.
Detroit has the 18th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They allow 248.0 passing yards per game (19th) and 106.3 rushing yards (18th). The Lions have recorded 26 sacks this season (31st). LB Tahir Whitehead has 132 tackles, and DT Kerry Hyder has 8.0 sacks.
Why Bet The Seattle Seahawks To Beat The Lions
Seattle closed the season with a 2-2 record in their last four and 10-5-1 SU and 7-8-1 ATS this season. They have averaged 22.0 points per game (18th) and give up 18.3 points per game (3rd).
The Seahawks enjoy what is currently the best home-field advantage in the NFL. CenturyLink Field requires a long flight and welcomes visitors with ear-splitting decibels that are known to cause false starts among near-deaf offensive linemen.
The Seahawks average 257.8 passing yards per game (10th). QB Russell Wilson (4219 yards, 21 TDs & 11 INTs) closed the season with his second lowest TD tally of his career after throwing a career’s best 34 touchdown passes a season ago. Wilson was dogged with ankle and pectoral injuries most of this season dampening his usual elusiveness that allowed him to extend plays. He had to stay in the pocket most of the season and became a better passer, throwing for a career-high 4,219 yards this season.
WR Doug Baldwin (94 rec, 1128 yards, 7 TDs) and TE Jimmy Graham (65 rec, 923 yards, 6 TDs) had good seasons that could have been spectacular if not for Wilson’s injuries. Seattle averages 99.4 rushing yards per game (25th). RB Thomas Rawls (109 car, 349 yards, 3 TDs) averages only 38.8 rushing yards per game.
Seattle has the 5th best total defense in the NFL. They allow 226.0 passing yards per game (8th) and 92.9 rushing yards (7th). The Seahawks have recorded 42 sacks this season. LB Bobby Wagner led the NFL with 167 tackles, and DE Cliff Avril had 11.5 sacks.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Detroit is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Detroit is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
- Detroit is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Detroit is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- Seattle is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
- Seattle is 17-7-1 SU in its last 25 games
- Seattle is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
- Seattle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Detroit
- The Lions are 3-1 ATS in their last four games against the Seahawks.
- The total has gone over in five of the Seahawks’ last six games in the playoffs.
- The Lions are 2-5 straight up and ATS in their last seven games on the road.
Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction:
Since the Lions have can’t run the ball, it will be on Stafford’s wonky finger to win this game on the road. That will be a tough task, especially at night and at Century Link Field. Seattle has gone 20-4-2 ATS in its last 26 prime-time games.
Detroit hasn’t won a playoff game since 1991. The Lions’ last postseason road win occurred in — wait for it — 1957.
Throw in the fact that the Seahawks have won their last nine home playoff games and have never tasted postseason defeat in Seattle under Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson. Bet the Seahawks to win and cover the spread.