Expert Final Thoughts - How To Bet Detroit Lions vs Seattle Seahawks

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Kevin Stott

Friday, January 6, 2017 2:31 PM UTC

Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 2:31 PM UTC

Technicals are pointing to taking Seahawks over Lions in NFC Wild Card Game this Saturday night. Matthew Stafford has been horrible SU on the Road against winning teams in his NFL career, but can the visitors keep it close on Saturday night in this showdown at CenturyLink Field?

Saturday, January 7, 2016—NFC Wild Card Round Odds Preview

The Detroit Lions (9-7 SU, 8-8 ATS) head to CenturyLink Field (FieldTurf) in Seattle (Showers possible, 35°F) to face the Seahawks (10-5-1 SU, 8-8 ATS) Saturday in an NFC Wild Card matchup.

Seattle’s a 7½- to 8-point Favorite at Offshores with the Total from 42½ to 43. The Moneyline sees the Seahawks -360 with the Lions +314 (Pinnacle). The 1st Half odds have Seattle 5 to 5½-point chalks with the 1st Half Total 21 and 21½.


Detroit Lions

The Lions (88/1 to win Super Bowl, BookMaker) have evolved since Calvin Johnson’s departure, but QB Matthew Stafford has shown an inability to win on the Road against quality opponents with just 2 Road Wins—Denver in 2011, Green Bay, 2015—Away against Teams with Winning Records and Stafford is 5-43 SU Lifetime vs. Winning Record teams


And with Detroit (35/1 to win NFC, BetDSI) having such an anemic Rushing game (1,310 yards, #30 NFL, 3.7 ypc), expect much attention on Golden Tate, meaning guys like Marvin Jones and Eric Ebron will have to contribute. Detroit is 0-4 ATS L4 on FieldTurf, on the Road and vs. NFC.


Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks (+1106 to win AFC, BetDSI) are 0-4 ATS L4 Playoff games but the Home team’s 4-1 ATS L5 in this series and Seattle’s dominance at Home (66-35-4 ATS since 2005) along with HC Pete Carroll’s ATS reputation (70-50-3) make this a spot to back the hosts who’ll try to employ a balanced attack on Offense with Wilson’s versatility and mobility the key.


The Seahawks are better Offensively at Home, averaging 28.4 ppg compared to 18.6 ppg Away. And Wilson’s TD-to-Interception ratio is 13:3 in Seattle (7:8 Road) and his QBR 20+ points better at CenturyLink Stadium, which, with its renowned Sixth Man and isolated Pacific Northwest location, provides one of Sports' best Homefield advantages.


 Seahawks Dominance at Home Combined with Lions Road Weakness

The technicals scream Seattle (+486 to win NFC, BookMaker) here and the reality is Detroit lives in the ET, has to travel 1,936 miles, lose 3 Body Clock Hours and sleep in hotel beds—it just seems everything here is really uncomfortable for the Lions.

Trying to win their first Playoff game since 1991 will be hard far from home in cold Emerald City—Ford Field makes Detroit an Indoor team—and with no Running game, the Legion of Boom can concentrate on blitzing and stopping the Lions Passing attack. The Seahawks play for December-January while the Lions are unfamiliar with Postseason and outdoor January football.


PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: Seahawks 31 Lions 20Free NFL Wild Card Pick: Seahawks -7½Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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