A lacklustre start for the Seahawks seems to have been forgotten given their convincing performance in Week 3. Their defense looks dominant once again with Kam Chancellor back in the lineup, and the Russell Wilson to Jimmy Graham connection finally got rolling. The Seahawks remain one of, if not the best team in this league, and given the way their campaign ended last season, you can bet they remain a team on a mission despite their 1-2 record. On Monday night, they’ll host a battered and beaten Lions team in front of the always raucous 12th Man in the Pacific Northwest. Detroit looks lost this season, and despite a lot of talented players, they seem discombobulated thus far. Matthew Stafford has been dismal in 2015, and Calvin Johnson won’t be able to bail him out against the Legion of Boom that Seattle possesses. It’s going to be a very intriguing showdown under the Monday night lights. Will Detroit cave under the pressure of facing a hungry Seahawks squad? Read on below for the full game prediction and a winning selection to cap off your betting week.
Lions vs. Seahawks Betting Odds:
Detroit Lions +9.5 (-105)
@ Seattle Seahawks -9.5 (-115)
Over 43 (-110)
Under 43 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Lions vs. Seahawks Pick:
The Lions offense appears to be in shambles right now. That’s just horrific news as they prepare to take on the league’s top defense in the league’s most hostile stadium. It’s going to be rocking in Seattle on Monday night and look for the Lions offense to get absolutely destroyed. Matt Stafford has looked abysmal in 2015, mostly because he gets absolutely zero protection from his poorly rated offensive line. Stafford has had no time in the pocket, and as a result is feeling pressured on virtually every down. He’s committed far too many turnovers, and has been wildly inaccurate through his first three weeks. All of that will be magnified on Monday night against a ferocious Seattle front that won’t be feeling sorry for anybody. It should also be pointed out that Stafford really appears banged up and definitely not at 100%. He could get knocked out of this game.
Detroit cannot block Seattle and despite an array of decently talented options on offense, the Lions won’t be able to move the chains at all in this one. I really don’t anticipate this group exceeding double-digits for their point total. That seems odd to suggest for a team with Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson, but Seattle will be living in the Lions’ backfield on Monday evening. Add in the fact that the Lions won’t be able to run at all, and the Seahawks aren’t going to be giving up much of anything in this contest.
On offense, Seattle still is having some difficulty and they still haven’t shown a killer instinct or an ability to effectively pull away from a wounded opponent. Look for those concerns to linger in Week 4 as Seattle has an odd tendency to let teams hang around. With the spread approaching double digits in this contest, it’s tough to back a home favourite like that, and I feel that better value exists within the totals market for Monday night.
The winless Lions have been pretty bad on defense, but expect Seattle to play things conservatively and keep Marshawn Lynch out of this game. He’s currently listed as questionable with a bad hamstring injury and it looks like he’ll sit out. With their talented RB out, the Seahawks offense may struggle as well. While they still have Wilson and Graham, look for the Seahawks to jump out to an early lead and then cruise to the finish line with the run game and youngster Thomas Rawls on Monday night.
I’m not expecting this to be any sort of shootout or a fantasy player’s dream come Monday night. The Seahawks should easily get out to a two-score lead and then cruise to the final whistle from there. The Seahawks do have offensive issues of their own – particularly on their O-Line and don’t have the ability to completely pull away and blow out an opponent. The Lions have been brutal on offense, and going against a Seahawks defense is going to be a big mismatch. The total for this contest is just too high, and I’ll go with a low-scoring affair for Monday Night Football. Something along the lines of 23-10 seems fitting for this one!
PICK = Under 43 (-110)