The Detroit Jock City staff gives their takes on what they think will happen when the Detroit Lions take on the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Playoffs.
The 2016 NFL regular season is over but the Detroit Lions have more football to play. Sports books have made the Lions decided underdogs for their wild card game at the Seattle Seahawks. Will the Lions pull off an upset?
Here is what the Detroit Jock City staff sees for the tonight’s game.
Colton Wesley (9-7) – The Lions backed into the playoffs, but they’re as healthy as they’ve been all season. The Seahawks are vulnerable, given their erratic performances over the last several weeks. Neither team will likely have much success running the ball, so the game will come down to the quarterbacks. Matthew Stafford‘s finger has been a concern, but he has been better than Russell Wilson this season. He leads the Lions to their first playoff win in 26 years. Lions 23, Seahawks 21
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Zac Snyder (9-7) – Taking on the Seahawks in a playoff game in Seattle isn’t quite as daunting as it has been in recent years. That being said, the Lions did enough to qualify for the regular season but didn’t show they have what it takes to win a game like this. I’m hoping a “new” season brings new results when facing very good teams, but I can’t expect a Lions win. Seahawks 22, Lions 16
Erik Schlitt (8-8) – Winning in Seattle during the regular is a daunting task. Doing it in a playoff game is near impossible. But, Seattle has struggled since losing Earl Thomas and doesn’t look at dominate as they have in recent years. This game will come down to who can execute for a full 60 minutes of football. The Lions haven’t been able to do this in the last three weeks, but I think that changes in Seattle and Detroit shocks the football world. Lions 27, Seahawks 24
Matt Pelc (7-9) – The Detroit Lions losing their final three games of the season, all to playoff teams, was disappointing. However, that doesn’t mean this season was a disappointment, win or lose tonight in Seattle. Yes, I’d love to have a win over the Packers and a division title, but heading into the season, I didn’t expect a team rebuilding from one regime to another, to make the playoffs. Last Sunday, the Lions proved something obvious by now, they are not one of the best teams in the league right now. Neither is Seattle. This should be a close game, but I give the edge to the Seahawks. Not because of the 12th man marketing garbage, but because the Lions are playing on short rest two straight weeks in which travel was involved with each week (three games in 13 days in three different cities). The Lions will be gassed late, just like against Green Bay. Seahawks 23, Lions 17
Matt Snyder (6-10) – The Seattle Seahawks have not been playing great football of late but still the Lions would have much preferred to have received the home game that would have come with winning the division. The Lions certainly have their work cut out for them in a difficult environment. I’ll pick the home team to prevail. Seahawks 20, Lions 14