The Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions are not going to the playoffs in 2021. But the teams still play in Week 17 – and fans of both teams still care about a win or a loss – and here is what our staff thinks will happen.
To be honest, while the stakes are bigger obviously for a playoff game, I pull just as hard for the Seahawks whether they go 17-0 or 0-17. They are my team and I want them to win.
But will they on Sunday? Seattle seems like an organization in disarray. Long-term players like Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson have already said they don’t know if they will be with the team next year. They are both under contract for next year, sure. But both are due to make a ton of money. Neither might be getting better and both might be declining.
But are the Seahawks any better without Wagner and/or Wilson? That’s the question Seattle’s brass has to ask.
Seattle Seahawks versus Detroit Lions: Staff predictions for Week 17
And all the while Seattle is trying to fix its future, the Lions are young and hungry and improving. Are they great? Not at all. But this game might come down to one team wanting to learn to win and the other just trying to not get injured and not knowing where they will play next season.
That’s the worst-case scenario, of course, and nobody should be saying this group of Seattle players has quit playing hard. They haven’t. But will they be good enough to defeat the Lions in Week 17?
Here is what our staff thinks will be the final score.
Jake Luppino: Seattle 24 Lions 21
Todd Vandenberg: Lions 19 Seattle 15
Geoff Shull: Seattle 24 Lions 21
Andrew Bailie: Seattle 21 Lions 17
Carson Schroer: Seattle 30 Lions 20
Max Downard: Lions 24 Seattle 21
Kevin Daggett: Seattle 28 Lions 17
Lee Vowell: Lions 21 Seattle 16