Well here we are, Lions fans. When this season started, I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure if there would be a Random Stats article printed in January of 2017. Yet here the Lions are in January, and they’re still playing. Since it’s the playoffs, we’ll do this a bit different. I’ll give you a little history, then I’ll spend the rest of the time answering questions.
A little bit of history
The Lions and Seahawks don’t see a whole lot of each other at all, just 13 times since 1976. The Lions are 5-8 in those games. Their last win came in 2012. It gets a lot worse when you see that the Lions are 2-6 in Seattle. They haven’t won in Seattle since 1999. Ouch. Oh yeah, the Lions are playing there on Saturday. We’re just happy to be here. Let’s get to some questions.
@POD_Payton what is the Lions' record in games played on a Saturday?— Pride Of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) January 4, 2017
I’ll start here first for obvious reasons. One reason that isn’t so obvious though, is that I spent two hours working on this stat alone. I wasn’t easy looking at calendars going back to 1930, to find out when the Lions played on Saturdays. Anyways, here you go.
The Lions have played on Saturday 31 times in their 87 year history. They are 16-13-2 in those games. Not bad.
@POD_Payton @PrideOfDetroit Matthew Stafford's #'s in West Coast games vs other away games.— Ron Haskell (@RonHaskell) January 4, 2017
I guess this depends on what you consider the west coast. The US Census board considers the west coast to consist of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. If that’s the case, Matthew Stafford’s numbers look like this. 255-398 for 2,874 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
@POD_Payton @PrideOfDetroit What is Golden Tate's stat line vs his former team?— Aldo Gandia (@AldoBarkeeper) January 4, 2017
Ah, our friend Aldo from over at NFC North Barroom is getting involved. This will only be the second time that Golden Tate has faced the Seahawks. In his first performance he notched just three receptions for 29 yards—not a good game at all.
@POD_Payton @PrideOfDetroit Stafford career stats vs. Seattle... know he had a good game against them in 2012— Taylor McDowell ™ (@McTweett) January 4, 2017
Mr. McDowell is back again. Stafford has played the Seahawks three times. The stats don’t look so great. 80-126 for 758 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions. If it makes you feel any better, five of those interceptions came in one game when Stafford was a rookie. Actually, I feel better already.
@POD_Payton @PrideOfDetroit @Lions record vs @D_Hest23 on the road?— Hugo Humberto (@hugohhuerta) January 4, 2017
Haha. If you haven’t heard yet, the Seahawks signed Devin Hester just for the playoffs this past week. I don’t get it. I doubt he plays, but to answer your question, the Lions are 3-6 on the road against teams that have Devin Hester on them. I don’t know if he has a whole lot to do with it. He only scored two touchdowns against the Lions in 17 games.
@POD_Payton @PrideOfDetroit Seattle's all time home-playoff record?— Kyle Mallett (@kyle_mallett) January 4, 2017
The Seahawks are notorious for being a hard team to beat at home. The stats back that up. The Seahawks are 11-2 at home in the playoffs in their history. But wait... there’s more. Hit em, J.T.
@POD_Payton @PrideOfDetroit when the last time a road team won in Seattle in the playoffs?— J.T. Olson (@IcewaterOlson) January 4, 2017
It’s been a while. The Seahawks haven’t lost at home in the playoffs since 2004. A 27-20 loss to the St. Louis Rams. Lions have their work cut out for them.
@POD_Payton @PrideOfDetroit what is the all time record of the 6 seed against the 3 seed?— Jim Heikkinen (@JimHeikkinen1) January 4, 2017
We’ll end it on this one. This was a really good question Jim. I was eager to look this up. turns out it’s not so bad. Six seeds are 21-33 against three seeds. That pretty much means that the sixth seed has a chance more often than you would think. In the end, they’re all playoff teams. There’s a stat to reinforce that thought.
Speaking of thoughts, what do you think Lions fans? Be sure to leave your comments below.