The NFL’s last winless team will need to beat the defending NFC champions if they want to get a win for the first time in 2015. The Detroit Lions visit the Seattle Seahawks on “Monday Night Football” in Week 4.
Detroit is 0-3 on the year, having lost to the San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos. Seattle lost their first two games of the season, but they bounced back with a win in their first home game. The Seahawks beat the Chicago Bears 26-0 last week, forcing Chicago to punt on every possession.
Seattle is a 10-point favorite at Las Vegas casinos, according to vegasinsider.com. The Lions have been the underdog in every game this year.
Marshawn Lynch only had five rushes in Week 3, and he’ll have none in Week 4. The running back has been ruled out of Monday’s contest because of a hamstring injury. With Lynch limited last week, Thomas Rawls became Seattle’s No.1 rusher, totaling 104 yards on 16 attempts. Fred Jackson had two carries for 13 yards.
Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane will also sit with a groin injury. Seattle’s defense had their best performance of the year last week with the return of Kam Chancellor. He only had one tackle, but Chancellor should help the team’s secondary be much improved from their first two games. Nick Foles threw for 297 yards against the Seahawks in Week 1, and Aaron Rodgers posted a 116.9 passer rating against Seattle in Week 2.
Detroit’s injury report is highlighted by linebacker DeAndre Levy, who’ll miss a fourth straight game with a hip injury. Offensive tackle Corey Robinson, tight end Brandon Pettigrew and running back Joique Bell also won’t suit up for the Lions.
The Lions’ offense has not lived up to expectations in 2015. Since scoring 21 points within the first 22 minutes of the season opener, Detroit has scored just 30 total points over their last 10 quarters of football. Bell’s injury won’t help Detroit’s rushing offense, which is the worst in the NFL. Rookie Ameer Abdullah leads the team with 82 rushing yards.
The game starts at 8:30 p.m. ET and ESPN has the broadcast. A free live stream is available online with WatchESPN.