Detroit at Seattle NFC Wild Card Betting Pick & Lines

Posted by Peter Boysen on January 5, 2017 in

Three weeks before the end of the regular season, the Detroit Lions sat at 9-4, while the Green Bay Packers sat at 7-6. The Lions looked in control in the NFC North, needing just one win to take the division crown. However, the Packers won out, while the Lions lost out to end up in a wild card position. The Seattle Seahawks finished with a 10-5- 1 record, winning three of their last six games of the season. The teams last met in Week 4 of the 2015 campaign, as Seattle edged Detroit by a 13-10 score in a game that turned on an officiating mistake in the fourth quarter, as the Seahawks illegally batted a fumbled ball out of the end zone to get a touchback — because the refs missed the penalty. The correct call would have put the Lions on the doorstep of the Seattle end zone. The Lions are ready for payback — but can they reverse this three-game slide? Let’s take a look at this matchup, but don’t forget to check out the NFL lines for all four of the wild card games.

Detroit at Seattle NFC Wild Card Betting Pick & Lines

When: Saturday, Jan. 7, 8:15 PM ET
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle
Radio: Detroit / Seattle
Stream Option: NFL Live
NFL Odds: Seattle (-8), O/U 42.5

Why should you bet on the Lions?

As we’ve pointed out in earlier articles this week on the NFL wild card round, the Lions have not won a playoff game of any kind since 1991 — but haven’t won on the road since 1957. If Washington had won in Week 17, Detroit would have fallen all the way out of the playoffs. Even so, Matthew Stafford has had an impressive year, stacking up 4,327 passing yards and 24 touchdowns against just 10 picks. Golden Tate III has emerged from the shadow of the retired Calvin Johnson, gaining 1,077 receiving yards on the season. While Detroit’s running game has been mostly nonexistent, Zach Zenner has emerged as a force the last two weeks. The Detroit defense looked ridiculous against Dallas and Green Bay, but Kerry Hyder has tallied eight sacks on the season, and Tahir Whitehead has made 132 tackles, and Darius Slay returned to the secondary after missing time with a hamstring injury. So the Lions could slow down a Seattle offense that is one-dimensional, focusing primarily on the pass, and could ride Stafford’s arm to a win — or at least a cover.

Why should you put your money on the Seahawks?

While Russell Wilson did throw 11 interceptions this year, five of them came in one game — that Week 14 nightmare up in Green Bay. Wilson started the season struggling with leg injuries that slowed him but has been healthier each week, picking up speed and confidence. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin (1,128 yards) and tight end Jimmy Graham (923 yards) have been Wilson’s favorite targets. Thomas Rawls has returned from a series of injuries to run the ball, but he has struggled to deliver consistent results for a team used to the power attack of the retired Marshawn Lynch. If you like Seattle to win and cover in this matchup, you like the Legion of Boom defense led by Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor to be able to keep Matthew Stafford from finding targets down the field with the absence of safety Earl Thomas. The team allowed 24.5 points per game in the last four contests of the season — including 23 to San Francisco in Week 17 — but if you like Seattle, you see them turning that motivational switch back on as they so often do.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the season that Matthew Stafford has put together, but I just don’t trust that Lion defense. If they couldn’t put a spy on Aaron Rodgers in a Week 17 matchup that would have given them the division title, then how are they going to contain Russell Wilson? I also see the Seattle defense riding the momentum of a loud home crowd and delivering a big performance. I predict a final score of Seattle 27, Detroit 16.