UFC 253 comes packed with fireworks from both inside the octagon and the betting lines as middleweight king Israel Adesanya settles his grudge with the unbeaten destroyer, Paulo Costa. Both fighters are explosive strikers and with ill will all but guaranteeing heated exchanges. Co-headlining are red-hot fighters Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz facing off for the vacant light heavyweight title. Let's break down these fights and see which bets we can cash.
Lions vs Seahawks Preview and Prediction
Both the Seahawks and Lions limped their way to the playoffs. The Seahawks alternated wins and losses in their final six games and could only manage a two-point victory over the 2-14 Niners. They finished with a 10-5-1 record failing to beat the Cardinals this season. Injuries have marred the team but most of their core is in tact. The Lions were one of the NFL's feel-good teams buoyed by quarterback Matthew Stafford's elite play but dropped their last three games, all against NFC Playoff teams. Both teams rank closely to each other in terms of offense but on defense the Seahawks stand out surrendering 36 yards and four points less with a seven percent better third-down conversation stoppage rate. If the Lions are to pull off this upset, Stafford will have to have the game of his life within the defeaning confines of the CLink.
Detroit Lions vs Seattle Seahawks
Stafford had an underwhelming start to the 2015 season but lit up the second half and carried that all the way to this year where he finished with 4,327 passing yards, good for sixth overall. His late-game heroics made him a frontrunner for MVP until the Lions faded and their surprising defense couldn't hold the game for him. Wilson and the Seahawks have been rolling as usual but they sure miss Marshawn Lynch as their rushing attack has been all-but ineffective throughout the season. The key stat here however is the porous 72.7 completion percent the Lions yield to passing attacks, which could be their downfall.
Lions at Seahawks NFL Wild Card Prediction
Bet Seattle Seahawks (-380)
The Seahawks have been on a downward trend since winning the Superbowl in 2014. Injuries both to their offense and defense have softened them up. They are missing Earl Thomas, their best player on the backfield, and wide receiver Tyler Lockett, a crucial member to both the offense and special teams. However, they still have Russell Wilson who has game-changing playmaking abilities and the better defense. Most importantly, the Lions are winless against all playoff teams this season and are playing at the CenturyLink Field, one of the toughest venues to play in for visiting teams.
NFL Playoffs 2017 Fixtures and Odds
The NFL Playoffs comes at the best time in January right when old man winter is hitting his peak. Say goodbye to -30 degrees celsius and welcome the warmth of your living room couch as more Wildcard action takes place on Sunday with the AFC's Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the Miami Dolphins and the NFC's Green Bay Packers hosts the New York Giants.
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