Lions Search For First Win Continues In Hostile Territory In Seattle On Monday Night Football
The Detroit Lions are still searching for their first win of the season. It’s unlikely to come against the toughest opponent they have faced to this point on the road in a hostile environment on Monday Night Football. The Lions face the very real threat of falling to 0-4 when they visit the Seattle Seahawks this week and things could get a lot worse for them before they get better. Detroit will face a talented Seahawks team this week before hosting the undefeated Arizona Cardinals in Week 5 and there aren’t many positives for this team heading in to a tough two-week stretch.
Detroit Lions @ Seattle Seahawks
Monday October 5, 2015 – 8:30 PM ET
NFL Betting Line: Seattle -10
Matt Stafford continued his erratic play at the quarterback position with two brutal interceptions in a 24-12 loss to the Denver Broncos last week and when it comes to turning the ball over the Lions have been their own worst enemy. Stafford has thrown for 815 yards and five touchdowns but he also has five interceptions through three games and has been sacked six times. Detroit has some impressive options at wide receiver in Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate but they have run the ball only 51 times through three games and the lack of a consistent rushing threat has allowed opponents to sit back and defend the pass. The Lions will have to run the ball in order to have any chance against this Seattle defense but Ameer Abdullah and Joique Bell have averaged 3.9 and 1.1 yards per carry respectively and some terrible offensive line play has been a big part of the problem as well. The Seahawks welcomed back Kam Chancellor to their defense last week and while they did play the Chicago Bears they didn’t allow a single point in a 26-0 win. The Seattle defense should improve as the season progresses and should again be one of the best in the NFL but the bigger issue is an offense that has really struggled to score points. Russell Wilson has completed more than 70-percent of his passes but he has averaged only 6.9 yards per completion for 692 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. The Seahawks don’t have the wide receivers to dominate through the air but they do have tight end Jimmy Graham and it was nice to see him get in to the action last week against Chicago with seven catches for 83 yards and a score. Marshawn Lynch has been dealing with a nagging hamstring injury but he should be good to go on Monday night and he should get plenty of touches as Seattle tries to get back to what has worked for them in the past and just pound the football. The Seahawks should win this game and while 10 points is a lot to give up this could be the game where they finally break through with a dominant win at home in primetime.
Pick: Seattle -10
Detroit can’t run the football and that means they will be forced to pass against one of the best pass defenses in the NFL so it doesn’t look good for Stafford and company heading in to this matchup. The Lions will need their defense to step up and have a big game in order to even keep this contest close and until we see more out of the Seattle offense we will stick with the UNDER in their games.