The Seattle Seahawks’ slim hopes of a postseason bid melted away following a surprising loss to the Chicago Bears on a snowy afternoon in the Pacific Northwest. Where do the Seahawks go from here? Who knows. The franchise appears to be set for a complete reset. For now, two games remain on the schedule and the wide expectation is that the Seahawks will look to close the season on a positive note. Well, that’s at least what the NFL odds imply at BetUS Sportsbook.
Game: Detroit Lions (2-12-1) at Seattle Seahawks (5-10-0)
Location: Lumen Field, Seattle
Day/Time: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET
Lions vs Seahawks Betting Lines
|Detroit Lions||+7||+250||42½ (-110)o|
|Seattle Seahawks||-7||-300||42½ (-110)u|
The Seattle Seahawks lead the series over the Detroit Lions 10-5-0, a run of form that includes a three-game winning streak. The Seahawks last beat the Lions 28-14 at Ford Field on Oct. 28, 2018.
Next game: vs Green Bay Packers
The Lions are coming off a 20-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, succumbing to their 12th loss of the season. It was yet another tough defeat for coach Dan Campbell’s side, decided by a handful of points.
The Lions closed as the 7½-point road underdogs and pulled off the cover in the four-point margin of defeat for NFL picks against the spread. In fact, it was the Lions’ 10th cover this season, improving their record against the spread (ATS) to 10-5-0.
The Lions went tinto Week 16 shorthanded, but they competed as if they were playing at full strength. That’s a quality this team has shown all season and it will stand them in good stead as the begin to look ahead to the future.
Tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (illness), tight end Brock Wright (illness), and wide receiver Josh Reynolds (illness) are out indefinitely; running back D’Andre Swift (shoulder) and defensive tackle Jashon Cornell (undisclosed) are probable Sunday; linebacker Josh Woods (shoulder) is on injury reserve; defensive end Julian Okwara (ankle) and fullback Jason Cabinda (knee) are questionable Sunday.
Next game: at Arizona Cardinals
The Seahawks lost to the Bears 25-24 after fritting away the lead. It was another head-scratching performance by Russell Wilson and Co. that further cast doubt about the veteran quarteraback’s future with the organization. It also cast doubt on coach Pete Carroll’s tenure with the Seahawks – a position that he’s held for over 10 years.
Unc @ShannonSharpe be killin Baker Mayfield & Skip bayless 😭😭😭🤣🤣🤣🤣
Shannon:”Would you rather have Russell Wilson or Baker Mayfield?”
Skip:”I’m not sure about Russell”
Shannon” I’ll take Ciara Wilson over Baker Mayfield right now @ Quarterback” pic.twitter.com/LJFCSOpFCH
— Shannon Sharpe Burner Account (@shannonsharpeee) December 28, 2021
The loss was the second straight and fifth in the last seven games for the Seahawks going back to the start of November. As a result, Seattle slipped to a 5-10-0 record, ending any hope of a playoff berth.
The Seahawks are 7-8-0 ATS this season with a 0.1 losing margin on average and -0.7 differential versus the spread. At home, the Seahawks are 3-4-0 ATS with a 0.7 losing margin on average and a -0.9 differential versus the spread.
Tackle Brandon Shell (shoulder), defensive tackle Bryan Mone (knee) and linebacker Jon Rhattigan (knee) are questionable ; defensive end L.J. Collier (illness) is out indefinitely.
Betting on the Game
Little more than pride rests on this Week 17 contest between the Lions and Seahawks. And pride is an intangible the Lions, more so than the Seahawks, have in abundance.
Preseason betting online markets predicted the Lions would be one of the worst teams. Fast forward to Week 17 and their 2-11-1 record confirms those predictions weren’t wrong. However, the 10-5-0 ATS record says otherwise, underscoring just how tough and competitive the Lions have been.
Quarterback Jared Goff is a question mark for this weekend’s clash, but reports suggest he might be cleared to play. Nevertheless, without Goff, the Lions showed they can compete as they took it to the Falcons on the road. As such, the Lions to cover as the seven-point road underdogs (or higher) is a tempting bet for NFL picks.
The Seahawks might be motivated to give their fans something to cheer about, but after last Sunday’s loss, they might have tapped out, too. Wilson has been a shadow of his former self, and confidence in the Seahawks in general is low, especially with NFL media analysts and the punditocracy.
Overall, betting the point spread or the moneyline is going to be risky here, considering the uncertainty at the Lions’ quarterback position and the fact that there isn’t anything in the way of motivation for Seattle to win anymore.
Another consideration is the weather, which is calling for more freezing temperatures and snow on the weekend. This is sure to have an impact on the game. Thus, the best bet might be the game total and a bet on the under.