Detroit Lions (1-6) at Seattle Seahawks (2-5) Week 9 NFL, Sunday November 8, Qwest Field, Seattle, WA. 1:00 p.m. EST TV: CBS
By Wilson of Predictem.com
Point Spread: Detroit +10/Seattle -10
The Detroit Lions will make the cross country trip to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Seattle Seahawks in a game that both teams really need to win just to keep their sanity. The Lions are coming off of a depleting loss to the lowly St. Louis Rams, which, to make matters worse was the Rams first win of the season.
Seattle could use the home field advantage to pull them out of the gutter that theyve fallen into in recent weeks. The Hawks are still searching for offensive balance as they have trouble with the running game.
Between both teams they have three wins to eleven losses. This will be an interesting game if Detroit can put pressure on Matt Hasselbeck as he is the Hawks main threat. However, it will be unlikely that the Lions will put up much of a challenge in Seattle. Detroit went 0-16 last year and they are 2-29 in their last 31 games; although the Hawks are on and off too.
The Seahawks had two weeks to prepare for the Dallas Cowboys but it was still not long enough as the Hawks lost to Dallas 38-17 last Sunday. Seattle was hoping to give CB Marcus Trufant a win in his first game back from a back injury but that dissipated as the game went forward.
Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck was 22 of 39 for 249 yards and 2 touchdown passes. But Seattle was down 38-10 by the time Hasselbeck connected with Justin Griffith for a 4-yard TD to make the score 38-17.
The Hawks defense is also searching for answers after they planned to apply pressure on Tony Romo but they only got to him for two sacks.
Both defenses have struggled this season due to injuries and poor play, so this game should be a high scoring affair but it wont because both offenses struggled lately. The Lions give up an average of 29.3 points per game while the Seahawks have allowed 21 ppg to the opposition. The Hawks are counting on Trufant to stabilize the secondary defense as soon as he gets his game speed and timing back from the long layoff. But thats not their only worry as they need to dial in their offensive attack as well.
Seattle should have the edge in this game at home, and if they stick to their win pattern this season it should be a shutout. The Hawks only wins on the season are two shutouts at home over St. Louis 28-0 and Jacksonville 41-0.
The line on this game opened at Seattle -10 with a total of 43.5. Most offshore sportsbooks will have updated lines throughout the week, so make sure to check with your favorite online casino for the most current action.
The Lions are averaging 16 points per game to the Seahawks 19 per effort. Seattle would be potentially dangerous if they could tighten up on D and find a consistent running game to establish a more balanced offensive attack, but they wont.
Detroit passes the ball more than anything else which may work in their favor unless the return of Trufant hampers their plan. The Lions commit seven penalties per game which is too many at any level. At the end of the day both of these teams should beat each other but its more likely that theyll beat themselves. Seattle will beat Detroit because they wont have as many costly penalties.
Its turned into an ugly season for the Hawks and the Lions, even though the Lions have already improved from last years record. I like the Hawks to win at home albeit ugly.
Wilsons Pick: Seattle 20, Detroit 0. Luck to ya.