Detroit at Seattle 11-8-09

November 8, 2009


As rough as things are going for the Seattle Seahawks, they’re still not as bad as the continued struggles of the Detroit Lions. The Seahawks look to avoid a third straight loss when they host the lowly Lions on Sunday. Two years removed from winning its fourth consecutive NFC West title, Seattle (2-5) has six wins in its last 23 games. The Seahawks’ most recent loss, 38-17 at Dallas last Sunday, again showed how far they are from becoming a serious contender.

Despite being outscored 65-20 in losses to Dallas and Arizona after a 41-0 win over Jacksonville on Oct. 11, the Seahawks have a chance to bounce back against Detroit (1-6). The Lions have lost four in a row since snapping their 19-game losing streak with a 19-14 win over Washington on Sept. 27. Coming off a 17-10 loss to previously winless St. Louis, the Lions have won two of their past 31 games. The last team with two victories in a 31-game stretch was the Houston Oilers during the 1982-84 seasons.

Seattle has won its last two meetings with the Lions, most recently 9-6 at Detroit on Sept. 10, 2006. The Seahawks are expected to have quarterback Matt Hasselbeck starting despite missing practice time due to broken ribs. Hasselbeck, who’s 11 completions shy of tying Dave Krieg for the most in franchise history, was 22 of 39 for 249 yards with two touchdowns against the Cowboys. He’s 46 of 58 for 417 yards with a TD in his last two games versus the Lions.

The less said about this yawner of a game the better, but Calvin Johnson (knee) is looking like a better bet to play this week, though he will be a game-time decision…Matt Hasselbeck threw three touchdowns against the Rams and four versus the Jags earlier this season. He could have a similar day going up against a team that has allowed 18 scores through the air, second most in the NFL. Seattle is always tough to play at home with the 12th man in attendance.

Free Pick Seattle -10

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