Seahawks vs Lions
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This Saturday at the CenturyLink Field the WildCard Round showdown of the NFL playoffs between Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions. The promise is that we have a very busy game in Seattle keeping in mind that we are facing two air raids of great power and, according to the bookmakers, Seahawks is ample favorite in the duel.
The Seahawks have recorded 10 wins in 16 games, and although the regular season has been positive (after all, they have won NFC West), the team arrives in these playoffs with a different climate of recent years. For the past three seasons we have seen Seattle coming into the NFC favorite post-season and being featured in bookmakers, but this time the story is different. It is a team that has been suffering inconsistently and since the middle of November have not won two consecutive games, having alternated between wins and losses since week 11. QB Russell Wilson is one of the most dynamic players in the NFL and takes the danger with him when he is in and Out of the pocket, but in just 5 out of 16 games he had more than 1 touchdown recorded. In the first year without Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, the team was among the 8 worst in the league in ground yards. The Seahawks offensive line is pretty bad, and you do not have to be a game seeker to see it.
Defensively the team does not look ugly, but comes without the FS Earl Thomas and probably without DT Tony McDaniel, who started ten games in Seattle during the regular schedule. They finished the year in the top five defenses, averaging only 318 yards conceded per game. They remain with one of the league's best side and it is a unit that grows a lot when they play in the playoffs.
After another average season, which ended this time at 9-7, the Lions got a place in the postseason after coming close to beating NFC North. The team went through highs and lows during the regular schedule but arrives in this post-season without pressure under their shoulders and ready to register the upset. QB Matthew Stafford was one of the league's best pitchers in 2016 even playing for the first time in his career without Calvin Johnson in his incoming arsenal. There were 24 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and 4,327 yards. Despite the success in the aerial game, the same can not be said of the backfield, which is one of the worst in the league. The team has an average of 81.9 ground yards per game, being better only than the Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings.
The team ended the year as a defensive team that was in the middle of the rankings as well as in the middle of the stats tables. This unit is scarce of game changers and playmakers, but some names like DE Ziggy Ansah, DT Haloti Ngata and FS Glover Guin may well appear in this duel. I would say that Detroit need more of a good defensive performance than offensive on Saturday, that will be almost fundamental in a hypothetical advance of the team to the Divisional Round.
Seattle lost only one home game this season against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16. But they faced a team that was already mathematically eliminated from the postseason and Seattle have already begun to take their foot off the gas, thinking of physically keeping up with the playoffs . Since 2012, the year the team truly became competitive, they recorded 38 wins and only 7 losses in Seattle. In that same period the Lions recorded 15 victories and 26 defeats as a visitor (both records mentioned include post-season games). In addition, Seahawks have 9 consecutive playoff wins playing at home, streak that started in 2005 and which is currently the league's highest in activity.
Another point to see is Stafford performing as a visitor. The 9 shirt recorded 5 losses in 8 games outside of Ford Field in 2016 and has average close to 1 interception per game as a visitor. The quarterback's inexperience in the playoffs is also a critical factor, having in mind that Staffor has played in only two qualifying games since 2009.
The hamdicap line is a little big for a post season game, thinking in a possibility of a close game I go with a small stake here for Seahawks victory
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