The Detroit Lions dropped their third straight game on Sunday night, but thanks to earlier heroics from the New York Giants and help from their coach Ben McAdoo, who irrationally played his starters for the entire game in a meaningless contest, the Lions have qualified for the postseason.
Though a win over the Green Bay Packers would have given the franchise its first home playoff game in 23 years (against the Giants), Detroit will settle for a contest on CenturyLink Field against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Lions have struggled in three straight weeks to prove they can compete against the NFC’s best, but the Seahawks haven’t exactly looked like a dominant team either. Seattle is just 3-3 in their last six, and those wins were against the Panthers, 49ers and Rams. Their losses came against the Buccaneers, Packers and Cardinals.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
How do you feel about the Lions’ chances against the Seahawks?
My answer: I actually may like this matchup better than a game against a Giants team that handled the Lions pretty easily just a few weeks ago. Seattle has limped into the playoffs themselves, and a 2-14 49ers team that had nothing to play for nearly pulled off an upset in Week 17.
Seattle’s defense has been a lot less scary since safety Earl Thomas went down with a season-ending injury. While, offensively, Seattle just isn’t that good. They rank 18th in points per game and 18th in DVOA.
Of course, the biggest hurdle for the Lions will be playing at CenturyLink, one of the toughest venues to play at in the NFL. Despite their inconsistent play as of late, the Seahawks finished the regular season 7-1 at home. However, the Lions very nearly beat the Seahawks in their building last year. I think they could very well finish the job this time around. I think this game will be a lot closer than the 7.5 point opening line suggests.