The Seahawks began the season by dropping two road losses to NFC opponents. Now at 1-2, they have a chance to climb out of the hole they dug themselves early by facing the Detroit Lions, who have gone winless through three weeks of play. While Seattle is a much different team than the dominant group we’ve seen make back-to-back trips to the Super Bowl, they face a Detroit team that is really having issues getting anything going on both sides of the ball. The point spread is currently favoring the Seattle Seahawks at –10.
Monday Night Footall: Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions
Point Spread: Seattle -10 Over/under: 43 Date: Monday, October 5 8:30pm ET Location:Centurylink Field, Seattle, WA
It seems improbable that the Lions were a playoff team last year with the struggles they’re having early on this season. The offense can’t seem to score and the defense is a shell of their former identity. It’s not going to get any easier for Detroit against Seattle on Monday Night Football. The offensive line is going to need to step up against a ferocious Seattle pass rush, or Matt Stafford will have little time to find his receivers downfield in order to take advantage of the Seahawk’s inconsistent secondary. The running game has been non-existent, which means pass protection is the real X-factor for the Lions, who the point spread has at +10.
This game could be a good confidence boost for the Lions defensively. While both the defensive line and secondary have holes, Seattle’s offensive production comes down to Marshawn Lynch. Keeping Lynch under 100 yards rushing and forcing Russell Wilson to throw will contribute hugely to winning this game. The Seahawks don’t have big playmakers at receiver, which matches up well with Detroit’s weak secondary and forces Seattle to be one dimensional.
Legion of Boom no longer accurately describes the Seattle secondary, which means they could give up a lot of passing yards to Stafford. Getting hits on him often and early will set the tone and force Detroit into a game of short passes, when the defense can swarm instead of attempting to cover receivers Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson on deep routes downfield. The Seahawks’ defense can win this game by controlling the line of scrimmage and not allowing Stafford to get into a rhythm.
As usual, the Seahawks will go where Lynch will take them. While Wilson offers a consistent quarterback with adequate numbers, Seattle counts on their rushing attack to move the ball. Expect a run heavy start to the game and if that fails, Wilson could be mobile out of the bootleg to catch the Lions defenders creeping in to stop the run. Whether it comes from Lynch or Wilson, expect this game to be won on the ground.
Monday Night Football Prediction
It’s hard to go to Seattle’s CenturyLink Field and win against them, and it won’t be any easier for the Lions. The desperation of facing 0-4 to start the season might be enough for Detroit to put up a real fight, but in the end, the odds-favored Seahawks are simply the better team on and off paper in this match up.