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The Detroit Lions (0-3) offense struggled to find a rhythm in Week 3 against the Denver Broncos, and a matchup against the Seattle Seahawks (1-2) at CenturyLink Field isn’t going to make things any easier.
After a 24-12 defeat against the Broncos, the winless Lions are 24th in the NFL in points per game (18.7) and 27th in yards per play (4.9). The team has excellent playmakers in Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and explosive rookie Ameer Abdullah, but offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi’s play-calling has been questionable at best and the running game (league-worst 2.6 yards per carry) has been nonexistent.
That’s not encouraging for a matchup in Seattle. The Seahawks, who returned All-Pro safety Kam Chancellor last week, are coming off a shutout of the Chicago Bears. Part of that was due to the fact Jimmy Clausen was under center, but part was also due to the Seahawks’ excellent pass rush, which should have similar success against the Lions’ colander-like offensive line.
The Bears had some success on the ground against Seattle, but if Detroit’s running game continues to struggle, the Lions will be forced to employ a pass-heavy attack against the Seahawks, who are practically unbeatable at home and are 13-2 in regular-season prime-time games since 2010.
This has the makings of a blowout, and oddsmakers agree, favoring the Seahawks by 9.5 points for Monday night’s matchup. Here’s all the betting information, via Oddsshark.com:
Line: Seattle (-9.5)
Moneyline: Detroit (+400), Seattle (-500)
Trend to Know: Detroit is 1-6 against the spread in its last seven games, and 0-3 against the spread this season