Since moving to the now-named CenturyLink Field in 2002, the Seattle Seahawks are 9-1 in home playoff games, not dropping a postseason contest in front of their noisy fans since a January 2005 loss to the St. Louis Rams.
The Detroit Lions will have the unenviable task of attempting to put an end to the Seahawks’ nine-game home playoff winning streak when they travel to Seattle this weekend for a wild-card matchup.
Without a playoff victory since 1991 themselves, the Lions enter as eight-point underdogs on Saturday night.
Here’s a complete look at all the odds for the game:
Seahawks vs. Lions Betting Info
Note: All odds and numbers courtesy of Oddsshark.com and are as of Friday, January 6
Line: Seahawks (-8)
Percentage of Bets: 59 percent on DET (+8)
Percentage of Bets: 68 percent on the over
Seahawks vs. Lions Preview & Prediction
Who do you trust more? A Seahawks squad that is without arguably its most important defensive player–Earl Thomas–and most recently barely beat the woeful San Francisco 49ers? Or a Lions team that finished the regular season with three consecutive losses?
Ultimately, despite Seattle’s inconsistencies, the ‘Hawks should have a significant advantage in this one. They averaged a robust 28.38 points and 398.13 yards in eight home games this season (7-1 in those games, out-scoring opponents by 91 total points), while the Lions had all kinds of problems defensively, finishing the year last in Football Outsiders’ efficiency ratings.
Adding to Detroit’s up-hill climb, this is an outdoor game:
The Lions’ last offensive touchdown in an outdoor game came against the Packers in Week 3, a streak that spans over eight full quarters.
Put it all together, add in Seattle’s important edge in playoff experience, and the Seahawks should book a spot in the divisional round for the fifth consecutive year. And they should do it comfortably.
Prediction: Seahawks 27, Lions 17
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