Monday Night Football Betting: Lions at Seahawks

Monday Night Football Betting: Lions at Seahawks

After a horrid 0-2 start to the 2015 season, the Seattle Seahawks appear to be trending upward entering their Week 4 Monday night showdown with the Lions. They welcomed back financially disgruntled All-Pro safety Kam Chancellor from his holdout last Sunday and promptly blanked the Bears 26-0 in the home opener. Chancellor wasn’t really a factor in the win, but his presence did settle a secondary that looked out of sync. Meanwhile, the Lions have been dreadful going 0-3, scoring only 56 points. Obviously, a struggling offense playing under the lights at a raucous CenturyLink Field is less than ideal. There’s a reason why this spread is double digits. Here’s a preview and prediction for Week 4 of Monday Night Football.

Detroit at Seattle -10

An anemic Lions’ rush game is averaging a laughable 45 yards on the ground. Rookie Ameer Abdullah has amassed 82 yards, but a bulk of that came on a 24-yard touchdown rumble in the first quarter in Week 1. Since then, he and other running backs have done squat. Calvin Johnson is averaging a woeful 10 yards per catch. Making matters worse, Matthew Stafford has been responsible for six turnovers. On the other side of the ball, the defense just isn’t the same without Ndamukong Suh; gaps aren’t being closed and the pass rush has been invisible with only four sacks. Basically, the Lions are a mess. And the schedule isn’t suddenly going to get any easier. Even a Week 6 meeting against the Bears looks difficult. Detroit is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games.

The Seahawks will be without Marshawn Lynch, who has been dealing with a strained hamstring. Rookie back Thomas Rawls ran for 104 yards in mop-up duty versus Chicago, so he will probably see increased touches again. The ‘Hawks offensive line has looked average to awful thus far, although it’s doubtful the Lions’ front four will be able to take advantage. That said, Russell Wilson has been sacked a dozen times and if not for his nifty legs, it would be a lot more. The front office surrendered a Pro Bowl center and a first-round draft pick to acquire tight end Jimmy Graham, so throwing more passes his way should be a priority. Graham has two scores, but only 14 catches. With few receiving options on the perimeter, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has to be more creative. Seattle is 1-4-1 ATS in its last six games overall.

The Lions are due to put forth a good effort, but this is a tough spot. These teams are 3-3 ATS in the last six meetings. Seahawks are 27-2 SU in their last 29 at home. Lot of points here, but Seattle D at home is vicious.

Bet Seattle -10