Despite having a better record, the 4-3 Seattle Seahawks opened as a 1.5-point underdog for their game against the 2-4 Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Being an underdog is nothing new for Seattle as it has been the favored team just twice in seven games this season. The Seahawks have performed well as the underdog, going 4-1 in games they aren't favored to win and 0-2 in games they are.
The Seahawks have struggled on the road this season, which could have played a role in Detroit being favored. Seattle is 1-3 in four road games, with its only win a narrow 16-12 victory against Carolina. Conversely, Seattle is 3-0 at home this season. This will be just the third home game for the Lions this season. Detroit is 1-1 at home with a win against St. Louis and a loss to Minnesota.
Seattle has been a good pick against the spread this season, going 5-2 in the first seven games, according to OddsShark.com. Detroit, on the other hand, has covered just one game this season and is 1-4-1 against the spread. That has been a recent theme for Detroit as the Lions are 2-10-1 against the spread in their last 13 games.
Seattle has won six of its last nine games against Detroit.