As the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions prepare to square off in the Wild Card round, we take a look at the latest odds and statistics.
There’s no denying the Seattle Seahawks aren’t where they had hoped to be, as they begin their playoff journey to Super Bowl LI. Regardless, they’re just a couple of days away from playing the Detroit Lions, and anticipation is reaching fever pitch.
With this in mind, let’s look at the latest odds and statistics, as the Seahawks prepare to host the Lions in the Wild Card round. At the time of writing, Odds Shark has them as -8 against the spread, making them the second-biggest favorites among all four home teams.
Part of the reason for Pete Carroll’s men being favored by eight points, comes down to having arguably the best home field advantage in the entire NFL. The 2016 campaign was no different in this regard, as they went 7-1 at CenturyLink Field.
On the flip side, the Lions were just 3-5 on their travels this season. Another factor which doesn’t help them, is they play their home games indoors, whereas the weather forecast for Saturday currently predicts a high of just 37 degrees Fahrenheit, with a mixture of rain and snow.
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The case is often made that history doesn’t matter when it comes to games such as this. Regardless, it is still worth noting the Lions are 0-8 all-time in Wild Card games and have an overall road playoff record of 2-11. (Their last road win was all the way back in 1957.)
As for the Seahawks, they are 7-4 all-time in Wild Card games, including a run of five straight wins at this stage. Further, they have an overall home playoff record of 11-2.
The key matchup for many, will be the clash between a Lions aerial attack led by Matthew Stafford, and a Seahawks’ secondary missing Earl Thomas. For what it’s worth, Detroit’s pass offense ranked 11th this season, while Seattle’s pass defense finished 8th.
For anyone expecting an easy game for the Seahawks, particular mention has been made of the last time they faced the Lions. Also taking place in Seattle, the two teams met in Week 4 last season, with the home side saving their campaign after scraping by 13-10.
In fact, the result could have been so different, if it wasn’t for a fumble by Calvin Johnson at the goal line, just as he was about to score. The Seahawks should still win on Saturday, but keep the previous result in mind, especially if the game remains close.
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