By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
Despite losing to the Green Bay Packers in the final game of the NFL’s regular season, the Detroit Lions (9-7) were able to secure the NFC’s final playoff spot due to a Washington Redskins loss.
Detroit will now travel to Seattle where they will do battle with both the Seahawks and their rowdy fans on Saturday night.
After putting together an impressive five game win streak to bring their overall record to 9-4, the Lions have now lost three straight games heading in to Wild Card Weekend.
The Lions suffered losses to fellow NFC playoff teams the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and aforementioned Green Bay Packers during that stretch.
Scoring will not come easy in Seattle as the Seahawks defense seems to thrive in front of their home crowd.
Detroit will need their quarterback Matt Stafford to have a great game with no turnovers if they hope to pull out the upset in Seattle.
Stafford had a solid year for the Lions this season throwing for 4,327 yards and 24 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions.
The Lions will need big plays from their receivers, including Golden Tate who will return to Seattle and face off with his former teammates.
Running the ball will not be easy for Detroit, but they will need to figure out a way so that Stafford gets some time to throw in the pocket.
Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1) clinched the NFC West title once again this year but it was not easy.
Seattle has had their fans on a rollercoaster ride for most of the season and will now look to find some balance in their play in this year’s NFL playoffs.
Seattle has alternated between wins and losses over the last seven weeks.
In week 17, the final week of the regular season, they picked up a 25-23 road victory over the 49ers.
The Seahawks will need their franchise quarterback Russell Wilson to play at his very best on Saturday night and it would go a long way in helping if the team could solidify a run game against a tough Lions defense.
On the opposite side of the football Seattle is dealing with some injuries, however at home it is hard to bet against the Seahawks defense.
With that said, I predict the Seattle Seahawks will defeat the Detroit Lions by a final score of 28-17 this weekend.