The Detroit Lions head west to play their final road game of the season when they face the Seattle Seahawks at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at Lumen Field. The West Coast has not been the best coast for the Lions, though. They are 0-7 in games played in the Pacific Time Zone over the last 10 years, so there are plenty of Lions betting opportunities and some nifty NFL betting promos, too.
The Lions also haven’t won in Seattle since 1999, opening that season with a 28-20 victory at the Kingdome behind Charlie Batch’s three touchdown passes. The Kingdome was imploded just a few months later.
That was so long ago, the Seahawks were still playing in the AFC West rather than the NFC West.
Despite their 2-12-1 record, the Lions have been playing better lately. The Lions have split their last four games following an 0-10-1 start, though they are coming off a 20-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons last week.
The Seahawks are also out of playoff contention at 5-10. Seattle has lost back-to-back games, including being edged 25-24 by the hapless Chicago Bears and third-string quarterback Nick Foles last week at home.
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Spread: Lions +7 (-115), Seahawks -7 (-105)
Moneyline: Lions +250, Seahawks -300
Over/Under: 42.5 O (-110), U (-110)
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Lions coach Dan Campbell has been a gambling man, in addition to a master motivator, in his first season on the job.
The Lions have gone for it on fourth down 36 times, more than any team in the NFL. They are just three away from the single-season record set by the New England Patriots in 1995 and Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells.
The Lions have converted 18 fourth downs, exactly half. The 50-percent success rate ranks 17th among the league’s 32 teams.
Part of Campbell’s rationale behind taking so many chances is that the Lions have a hard time generating offense. They are 23rd in the NFL in total yardage and 29th in scoring.
The other part is Campbell wants to instill confidence in his players, especially quarterbacks Jared Goff and Tim Boyle.
Boyle made his second career start last week when Goff was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list. Boyle completed 24 of 34 passes for 187 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Speaking of quarterbacks, the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson will finish with a losing record for the first time in his 10-year career. There is speculation the Seahawks might trade the seven-time Pro Bowl selection in the offseason and begin a youth movement.
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A case can be made the Lions have more to play for. They are trying to build momentum for the 2022 season while the Seahawks are playing out the string in their first last-place season since 1996.
However, the Seahawks should be emotionally invested. This could be the last game at Lumen Field for Wilson, star linebacker Bobby Wagner and longtime coach Pete Carroll if Seattle management decides to clean house.
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Over 42.5 (-110)
The Lions get top running back D’Andre Swift back following a four-game absence because of a shoulder injury. That should bolster the offense.
With nothing to lose, look for Carroll to open the Seahawks’ offense. Wilson should have a big game against the Lions, who are 27th in the league in total defense.
The Seahawks are just 2-5 at home this season and might look ripe to get upset. However, expect Wilson to put on a show in what could be his last game in front of the 12s – the Seahawks’ famously loud fans.
Seahawks 30, Lions 20