Detroit (0-3) at Seattle (1-2)
When: Monday, October 5th 2015
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
Time: 8:30 ET
TV: ESPN Radio: XM 225, 226, 88
The Detroit Lions come into this Monday Night contest with Seattle as one of the worst teams statistically in the league. Yes, their record is 0-3, but it’s a bad 0-3. They are ranked 27th in both total offense and total defense. Detroit has lost their first 3 games 33-28, 26-16, and 24-12. Quarterback Matt Stafford, who played in last year’s Pro Bowl, has been dreadful. He has 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions to go along with his 78.7 QB rating. He’s not getting much help from the running game either. The Lions are dead last in the NFL with 45 yards rushing a game. It won’t get any easier tonight in Seattle. Wide Receiver Calvin Johnson will have his hands full trying to get open tonight against a good Seahawks secondary. Johnson has 20 catches for 199 yards this year, but only 1 touchdown. An upset win tonight in Seattle could spark the Lions as they have their next three games at home before going to London.
Seattle will be without Marshawn Lynch tonight, but will turn to undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls who ran for 104 yards on 16 carries last week in a 26-0 win over Chicago. QB Russell Wilson hasn’t been spectacular this season, but that’s not uncommon. He’s completing a career best 70% of his passes thus far with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He’s also ran for 137 yards. Tight-end Jimmy Graham is quickly becoming one of Wilson’s favorite targets. Graham hauled in 7 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown last week. Seattle got off to an 0-2 start, but turned it around last week with the shutout of Chicago. The defense, which has carried them to two straight Super Bowls, is once again showing is dominance. They are ranked third in total defense and 4th against the pass. Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor ended his two-game holdout and made his season debut last week for Seattle, which is 23-2 at CenturyLink Field since 2012 and has won seven in a row at home.
I can’t tell you how much I think this can be a blowout. The Lions have not established a running game and Stafford is off this year. Seattle is playing at home and Wilson is 4-0 with 9 TD’s and zero interceptions on Monday Night Football. The defense will once again dictate field position in this game and the Seahawks will run away with it.
Pick: Seahawks -9.5