Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks Predictions, Odds, Picks

Jan. 2, 2022
Joe Hedrick
VI Betting Expert

The Detroit Lions (2-12-1) head into week 17 as road underdogs against the Seattle Seahawks (5-10). Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington and can be viewed on FOX.

Score Prediction

Seahawks 24, Lions 21

Best Bets

Lions +7.5 (-110) at DraftKings

Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks Predictions

The Lions are coming off a 20-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. QB Jared Goff may be out again after missing last week with a knee injury, so we may see Tim Boyle under center. Boyle was 24-34, 187 passing yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT last week. The Lions may have only won two games on the season but they are 10-5 ATS and bring it every week, and as a gambler that is all I can ask for.

Seattle will look to snap a two-game losing streak, after losing to the Bears 25-24. A very disappointing season for the Seahawks who could just never find a way to win games like they have in the past. This could be QB Russell Wilson and head coach Pete Carrol's last game at Lumen Field, depending on what the organization decides to do moving forward. While situations like that usually fuel my bet, this team has just been off all year.

In years prior, betting on the Seahawks at home was a no brainer, but this has been a much different year for Seattle. I think this should be a good football game and while I like the Seahawks to win, I think the Lions are able to cover. Taking the points and the Lions in this one.

Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks Betting Odds

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Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks Betting Resources

  • Matchup: NFC North vs. NFC West
  • Date: Sunday, January 2, 2022
  • Venue: Lumen Field
  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • TV-Time: FOX - 4:25 p.m. ET

Detroit Lions Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 2-12-1
  • ATS: 10-5
  • O/U: 5-10
  • ATS - Away: 5-3

Detroit has been kind to bettors with a 10-5 ATS record. The Lions are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games, but are just 2-5 ATS in their last seven games playing in Seattle. The total for Detroit has gone under 10 of their last 13 games as well as four of the last six when playing Seattle.

For only winning two games on the year the Lions offense ranks better than one might expect. Entering week 17 Detroit is averaging 314.9 total YPG (23rd), 202.1 passing YPG (24th), 112.8 rushing YPG (16th), and 17.3 ppg (29th). The Lions will look to take advantage of Seattle’s weak passing defense. Assuming QB Boyle will get the start, he needs to limit his interceptions for them to be set up for success.

Detroit's defense ranks about the same as the offense. Coming into this matchup they are allowing 372.1 total YPG (27th), 244.8 passing YPG (24th), 127.3 rushing YPG (27th), and 25.7 ppg (25th). Detroit has forced 16 turnovers on the year (9 INT, 7 FUM), while the Seahawks have given the ball up just 11 times (6 INT, 5 FUM). The Lions will need to do a better job defending the run as the Seahawks are averaging over 100 yards on the ground.

Seattle Seahawks Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 5-10
  • ATS: 7-8
  • O/U: 4-10-1
  • ATS - Home: 3-4

Seattle is just under .500 on the season ATS with a 7-8 record. The Seahawks are just 2-5 ATS in their last seven games, but are 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games at home against the Lions. The total has gone over in three of the last four games for the Seahawks but just a total of four times on the season.

The Seahawks offense ranks the lowest it has in many years. On the season they are averaging 305.2 total YPG (29th), 198.1 passing YPG (28th), 107.1 rushing YPG (20th), and 20.4 ppg (20th). Wilson will need to get WR’s Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf going early to open up the run game. This is when the Seahawks are at their best.

Seattle's defense is not the powerhouse it once was. They are allowing 385.5 total YPG (31st), 270.9 passing YPG (31st), 114.6 rushing YPG (16th), and 20.5 PPG (8th). While they do give up too many yards, the Seahawks do a nice job of keeping teams out of the endzone. This however was not the case last week, when Seattle allowed Chicago to drive the ball 60 yards for a go-ahead TD with just one minute remaining.

Seattle has failed to cover the spread in six straight games when facing the NFC as the favorite. (AP)

Inside the Stats - Detroit Lions

  • Record: 2-12-1
  • Division Standing: 4th - NFC North
  • Points Scored: 259
  • Points Allowed: 386
  • PS/G: 17.3 (29th)
  • PA/G: 25.7 (25th)

Inside the Stats - Seattle Seahawks

  • Record: 5-10
  • Division Standing: 4th - NFC West
  • Points Scored: 306
  • Points Allowed: 307
  • PS/G: 20.4 (20th)
  • PA/G: 20.5 (7th)

Key Players to Watch

  • DET: Jamaal Williams - RB (129 carries, 536 yards, 2 TD)
  • DET: Amon-Ra St. Brown - WR (74 catches, 692 yards, 3 TD)
  • SEA: Russell Wilson - QB (224/345, 2,639 yards, 18 TD, 5 INT)
  • SEA: D.K. Metcalf - WR (64 catches, 846 yards, 9 TD)

Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks Betting Conclusion

The Seahawks will more than likely have a completely different look to their team next year. With so much uncertainty I can't imagine that they will magically turn things around in week 17. While I do think they win the game, this one will be closer than most think. Anything more than a score is laying too much with Seattle.

Detroit may be the hardest working two-win team the NFL has seen in quite some time. Head coach Dan Campbell has his team fired up to play every week. In a week 17 meaningless game, these are the kind of teams that bettors love. Even with Goff still out, I’ll take my chances with the Lions and the points.

Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks Betting Trends

  • Detroit has covered the spread in 10 of its last 15 games.
  • Seattle has failed to go OVER the point total in 11 of its last 15 games.
  • Detroit has lost eight of its last nine road games.
  • Detroit has gone UNDER the point total in 10 of its last 13 games.

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