Detroit Lions vs Seattle Seahawks NFL Wildcard Playoffs Betting Preview

Screen Shot 2017-01-05 at 3.44.07 PMThe Detroit Lions have lost their last three games, but they were still able to sneak into the playoffs and now look to move on to the next round when they battle on the road with the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The 9-7 Lions have gone 3-5 on the road, while the 10-5-1 Seahawks have gone 7-1 at home. This contest has a start time of 8:15 pm EST.

Vegas odds have the Lions listed as 8 point favorites, while the total has been set at 43. This contest will be televised on NBC with a start time of 8:15 pm EST.

Breaking Down The Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions led their division for much of the 2nd half of the season, but then they lost their last three games to end the regular season, including taking a 31-24 home loss to the Packers in a game that was for the division title, and so they ended up finishing 2nd in the Division. Still, they are back in the playoffs and look to move on vs a Seattle team that hasn’t played all that well down the stretch. The Lions have been comeback kids this year, but they couldn’t do it in their loss to the Packers. Matthew Stafford have had another strong season as he has thrown for 4327 yards, with 24 Tds and 10 INTs. He will need to have a big game in this one, but he is just 1-2 in his career vs the Seahawks and has thrown five TDs and six INTs in those games. The Lions come in ranked 21st in total offense, 11th in passing, 30th in rushing and 20th in scoring, putting up just 21.6 ppg. The defense has been very strong for the Lions for much of the year, but they have allowed 73 points in their last two games and they have to turn that around as the Seahawks have the ability to score plenty of points, especially at home.

Trends: The Lions have gone 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game, but just 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Over is 27-11 in their last 38 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game, while the Under is 10-2 in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.

Breaking Down The Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks won the NFC West Division with a 10-5-1 record, but they really didn’t play well down the stretch as they went just 3-3 in their final six games and were nearly beaten in their season finale by the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks have just not looked right for most of the year and it begins with their offense and running game, which has really struggled this year. They lost Marshawn lynch in the offseason to retirement and their leading rusher this year was Christian Michael with 469 yards, but he was let go and is now a member of the Packers. Their leading rusher is now Thomas Rawls, who has run for 349 yards, while their 2nd leading rusher is Russell Wilson at 259 yards, which is well down from the 533 yards he had last year and the 849 yards on the ground he put up the year before. Wilson did have a solid season passing as he threw for 4129 yards with 21 TDs and 11 INTs. He leads an offense that ranks 12th in total yards, 10th in passing, 25th in rushing and 18th in scoring, putting up 22.1 ppg. Here at home they averaged 28.4 ppg. The defense was solid as usual for the Seahawks and they have to be careful vs and offense that can put up big numbers in any given game. Seattle comes in ranked 5th in total yards allowed, 8th vs the pass, 7th vs the run and 3rd in points allowed, giving up just 18.2 ppg.  

Trends: The Seahawks have gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 21-6-2 ATS in their last 29 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game, but just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Over is 11-4 in their last 15 vs. a team with a winning record.

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