Lions vs. Seahawks Preview



Will Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions rebound this weekend? They'll host the Seattle Seahawks as slight favorites in the NFL odds, but it's difficult to know which Detroit team will show up on Sunday.

Detroit's sitting at 2-4 on the season right now, with wins over St. Louis and Philadelphia and losses to San Francisco, Tennessee, Minnesota and Chicago. Three of those defeats were on the road.

The Lions will be glad to be back home for only their third game at Ford Field so far this season.

Last week's encounter with the Bears was a tough one as Detroit fell 13-7 on Monday Night Football. The Lions' defense held up strong, but Stafford and company could not move the ball whatsoever against Chicago's stout defense.

It could be tough for Detroit to get the chains moving against Seattle too, considering the Seahawks are #5 in run defense and #8 in pass defense this season.

Still, if we go strictly by yardage, the Lions are actually doing very well this season. They're #4 in total offense, thanks to the second-best passing attack (307.0 YPG), and they're #8 in total defense, with both their run and pass defenses ranking in the top fifteen.

Still, the win-loss record speaks for itself and is obviously much more important.

That's why Sunday's home game with Seattle is so critical. The Lions simply can't afford to drop another game, which would move them to 2-5 and make an already unlikely division comeback all the more impossible.

Detroit's favored, but sportsbooks only have them as one-point favorites, so obviously opinion on the Lions isn't too high right now. A victory over a well-rounded Seattle team would do wonders for the team's confidence ahead of another two-game road trip in Weeks 9 and 10.

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