Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks NFC Wild Card Free Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 1/2/2017
Saturday, January 7, 2017
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The Detroit Lions travel to CenturyLink Field to play the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, January 7, 2017 in an NFC Wild Card matchup. The opening line for this game has Seattle as 7.5 point favorites and the over/under was set at 43. The Lions are 8-8-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 6-10-0. The Seahawks have an over/under record of 9-7-0 and they are 8-8-0 against the spread.
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Matthew Stafford finished with 347 yards through the air for Detroit last week. He completed 26 passes out of 41 attempts for a 63% completion percentage. The Lions were led in rushing by Zach Zenner, who finished with 69 yards on 20 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Golden Tate was the team leader in receiving with a total of 77 yards and 6 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 13 yards per reception. As a team in that game Detroit got a total of 24 first downs. Of those first downs, 5 came on the ground while 19 came through the air. They ran 64 total plays for 408 yards for the game. The Lions ran for 76 yards on 21 attempts.
Russell Wilson finished with 258 yards passing for Seattle last week. He went 19 for 32, resulting in a 59% completion percentage. The Seahawks were led on the ground by Alex Collins, who finished with 55 yards on 7 carries. He ended the game with an average of 8 yards per rush. Jimmy Graham led the team in receiving with 64 yards and 4 catches. He finished the game with an average of 16 yards per reception. Seattle had 18 first downs total. 5 came from running the ball and 13 came from a pass. They ran 65 total plays for 376 yards for the contest. The Seahawks ran for 87 yards on 25 carries as a team.
Detroit scores 22 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 20th in the NFL. In the passing department, they average 24 passes on 37 attempts for a 65% completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 257 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 11th in the league. The Lions run for an average of 82 yards per game on 22 attempts for an average of 3.7 yards per carry. That ranks them 30th in the league. They also run 61 plays per contest and average 5.6 yards per play for an average of 339 yards per game, ranking their offense 21st overall this season. The Lions average 21 first downs per game which ranks them 17th in the NFL. They accumulate 53.8 penalty yards per game via 6.2 penalties, which ranks 23rd in the league.
Detroit allows 248 passing yards per game, ranking 19th, and they allow 22 points per contest on defense, which ranks 13th. They give up 25 completions on 34 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 74%. The Lions allow 106 rushing yards per game on 24 carries for an average of 4.4 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 18th in the NFL. Detroit allows 355 total yards per game including 5.9 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 18th in terms of yards per game. They get flagged for 7.6 penalties for 61.2 yards per game, ranking them 28th among NFL teams.
Seattle averages 22 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 18th in the league. In the passing department, they complete 23 passes per game on 35 attempts for a 66% completion percentage. They throw for 258 yards through the air per game, ranking them 10th. The Seahawks run for an average of 99 yards per game on 25 attempts for an average of 4 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 25th on the ground. They also run 63 plays per game and average 5.7 yards per play for a total of 357 yards per game, ranking them 12th in the league on offense. The Seahawks get an average of 20 first downs per game, which ranks 22nd. They average 60.6 penalty yards per game via 7.3 penalties, ranking them 7th in the NFL.
Seattle allows an average of 226 passing yards per game, which ranks 8th in the league. Their defense overall allows 18 points per contest, which has them ranked 3rd. They give up 21 completions on 34 attempts for a completion percentage of 62% per game. The Seahawks allow 93 rushing yards per contest on 28 carries for a 3.3 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 7th in the NFL. Seattle allows 319 total yards per game for an average of 5 yards per play, which ranks 5th in the league. They force 6.4 penalties for 57.8 yards in each contest, ranking 2nd.
Detroit Betting Trends
Detroit is 6-10-0 against the over/under this season
Detroit has an ATS record of 8-8-0 this season
Seattle Betting Trends
Seattle is 9-7-0 against the over/under this season
Seattle has an ATS record of 8-8-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
12/31/16 RB Theo Riddick Wrist IR
12/28/16 DT Stefan Charles Knee IR
12/08/16 DE Armonty Bryant Knee IR
12/07/16 TE Brandon Pettigrew Knee IR
12/07/16 CB Quandre Diggs Shoulder IR
11/02/16 TE Cole Wick Knee IR
09/21/16 RB Ameer Abdullah Foot IR
09/02/16 LS Jimmy Landes Shoulder IR
09/02/16 LB Jon Bostic Foot IR
08/31/16 TE Timothy Wright ACL IR
01/02/17 T Riley Reiff Hip "?" Saturday vs. Seattle
01/02/17 C Travis Swanson Concussion "?" Saturday vs. Seattle
12/28/16 WR Tyler Lockett Leg IR
12/22/16 DE Damontre Moore Foot IR
12/08/16 S Earl Thomas Tibia IR
11/21/16 RB C.J. Prosise Shoulder expected to miss 6-8 weeks
10/18/16 DT Garrison Smith Undisclosed IR
09/08/16 G Germain Ifedi Ankle out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Seattle -7.5
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