NFC Wildcard: Struggling Lions Head into Seattle

Nfc Wildcard Game

Hawks’ Undefeated at CenturyLink in Playoffs

The NFC Wildcard Playoffs kickoff with the Detroit Lions and the Seattle Seahawks battling.  The game kicks off on Saturday at 8:15 pm EST at CenturyLink Field.

December did not leave the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions appearing to be ready for the NFL Playoffs. Past history may show how their Saturday night NFC wild-card game could go. The Seahawks have never lost a playoff game at CenturyLink, the Lions have never won any game there. Detroit has not won a playoff game anywhere in its past eight tries to make matters worse.

Oddsmakers currently have the Seahawks listed as 8-point favorites versus the Lions, while the game’s total is sitting at 44½.

Seattle won its last outing, a 25-23 result against the San Francisco 49ers to wrap up their regular season. The Seahawks failed to cover in that game as a -11.5-point favorite, while the 48 combined points took the game OVER the total. Seattle has a 2-2 record since Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas went down. This has been disconcerting, and some sideline squabbles only added fodder to the idea that Seattle is a team in turmoil. The Seahawks’ six playoff wins since 2013 are the most in the NFL. Seattle owns a 48-13 home record (including playoffs) since Carroll arrived in 2010.

Detroit was a 31-24 loser in its last match at home against the Green Bay Packers. They failed to cover the +3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 55 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. If the Lions can debunk recent trends and come away with the upset might come down to how good Stafford can throw the ball. A legitimate MVP candidate for much of the season, Stafford has been hampered by an injured finger on his throwing hand.

NFC Wildcard Stats and Matchups

Team record: 9-7 SU,8-8 ATS
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Detroit is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Detroit is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Detroit’s last 10 games

Team record: 10-5-1 SU,7-8-1 ATS
Seattle is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Seattle is 17-7-1 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle’s last 5 games

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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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