Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions: Prediction, Best Bets, Odds, Depth Charts (9/17/23)

The Seattle Seahawks (0-1) are on the road to take on the Detroit Lions (1-0) this Sunday. Get Seahawks vs. Lions odds, predictions, best bets, depth charts, and matchups below. In this game, I’m taking the over on the 47-point total.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions Preview & Prediction

These two teams had wildly different Week 1 performances. While Detroit went to Arrowhead Stadium and took care of business (albeit against a less-than complete Chiefs team), Seattle blew a lead at the half and made Matthew Stafford and company look very good. Now, Seattle is on the road to play Detroit at Ford Field for the second consecutive season to try and squeak out a win as the road underdog again.

The Seahawks are 12-5 against the Lions in their lifetime and the last time Detroit beat Seattle was 2012. Detroit’s loss to Seattle last year was ultimately the difference-maker in their missing the playoffs last season so Dan Campbell’s team enters with a bigger chip on their shoulder than normal. However, Seattle still has an elite trio of wide receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher in the backfield, so the Lions shouldn’t expect to walk through this one.

Since Jared Goff joined the team in 2021, Seattle is 2-0 against Detroit and the games resulted in totals of 93 and 80, respectively. Both teams put up over 500 all-purpose yards against each other last year, a testament to both of their offenses, as well as their holes on defense. They also both sat in the bottom 10 in the league in points against them per game.

Granted, Detroit’s defense looked good last week, but also got lucky with a few crucial drops and no Travis Kelce. This week, they face a much more elite receiving trio than they faced last week and the best deep ball passer in the league. Meanwhile, Seattle’s defense forfeited 334 passing yards last week, which likely leaves room for Goff to connect with his receivers as well. Both offenses have the upper hand to outperform and score points this week.

The Seahawks have not finished Week 2 with an 0-2 record since the 2018 season, but with key injuries to tackles Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas mixed with last week’s performance, I can’t confidently bet on them to win against a hot Lions team. Detroit has proven their value this season but historically struggles against Seattle, a team that can sneak up on you. Staying away from the moneyline and spread, and betting on this matchup to continue its over streak.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions Prediction & Best Bet: Over 47 Points

Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions Betting Odds

This line has seen movement from the look-ahead spread as Detroit has moved from a 3-point favorite to a 5.5-point favorite over Seattle. While the Seahawks failed to cover the spread (and win) last week, the Lions overcame a 6-point spread to beat the Chiefs, which has helped this line move in Detroit’s favor. Granted this seems a bit inflated considering the Chiefs were without two starters and had several drops.

The Lions were 12-5 ATS last year, the Seahawks were 7-11. One of Seattle’s seven ATS wins from last season came on the road in Detroit – Seahawks were similar 6.5-point road underdogs then and won 48-45.

Key Injuries

The Lions enter this game with almost 100% of their core players. Seattle is in a different position. Injuries to both of their starting tackles Cross and Lucas could be a huge factor in this game, especially against a very physical Aidan Hutchinson. Lucas is on the injured reserve and Cross is doubtful to play.

The secondary is still missing Jamal Adams, who is listed as questionable, but first-round pick Devon Witherspoon may see time this week despite missing last week.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions Key Matchups

Check out the key matchups and mismatches for the Seahawks vs. Lions game below.

The Seahawks OL vs the Lions Defensive Front

Success of this offense in general this season will hinge largely on the development of Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas. With an already-weak interior offensive line, having them on the sidelines this week will be a huge loss to the integrity of the line. That being said, the Seahawks came up with a contingency plan called Jason Peters. They signed the nine-time Pro Bowl selection and 41-year old left tackle this week.

This depleted O-line will face Aidan Huthcinson, who recorded seven QB pressures and three QB hits on Patrick Mahomes last week, backed by a defensive unit that recorded a pick-six and five defended passes.

Amon-Ra St. Brown vs. Seattle Secondary

This is an intriguing matchup because it will either be a huge mismatch or a competitive matchup. While there were high expectations that Seattle would have one of the best secondary defenses this year, they forfeited the second-most passing yards in Week 1 (334) and had a 100% opponent red zone scoring percentage.

Meanwhile St. Brown impressed in his 2023 debut with 71 yards on 6 catches and a touchdown. He was Goff’s favorite target last week, a trend likely to continue this season. If the Hawks defensive backs come out like they did against the Rams receivers, St. Brown will punish them. However, there is enough talent back there between Riq Woolen, Quandre Diggs, and Devon Witherspoon, that suggests that the job will be hard.

Seattle Seahawks Depth Chart

QB: Geno Smith
RB1: Kenneth Walker
RB2: Zach Charbonnet
LWR: DK Metcalf
RWR: Tyler Lockett
SWR: Jaxon Smith-Njigba
TE1: Noah Fant

Detroit Lions Depth Chart

QB: Jared Goff
RB1: David Montgomery
RB2: Jahmyr Gibbs
LWR: Marvin Jones Jr
RWR: Josh Reynolds
SWR: Amon-Ra St Brown
TE1: Sam LaPorta

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Mia Fowler is a graduate of Chapman University where she studied business marketing and journalism and played on the women’s soccer team. Following her 16-year journey with soccer, she started writing for She specifically enjoys analysis of the NFL.

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