National Football League
Detroit at Seattle
When: 8:30 PM ET, Monday, October 5, 2015
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

The Detroit Lions have been among the NFL's biggest disappointments on the young season and now face the daunting task of trying to record their first victory at one of the league's most hostile venues. Struggling Detroit will be looking to avoid its first 0-4 start since 2010 when it pays a visit to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night.

The Lions blew an early 21-3 lead in a season-opening loss to San Diego and have gone down meekly in losses at Minnesota (26-16) and to Peyton Manning and Denver (24-12) in last weekend's home opener. "I think our team is right there," Detroit coach Jim Caldwell insisted. "You just can't see it, but we can." The Seahawks finally broke into the win column last weekend but could be without standout running back Marshawn Lynch, who is dealing with a hamstring injury and is expected to be a game-time decision. Seattle is playing its third consecutive NFC North opponent, blanking Chicago 26-0 in its home opener after losing at Green Bay 27-17 in Week 2.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Seahawks -10. O/U: 43

ABOUT THE LIONS (0-3): Quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown as many interceptions (five) as touchdown passes and is receiving little support from a ground game that is averaging a league-low 45 yards per game and has done almost nothing since a solid NFL debut by rookie Ameer Abdullah. Wideout Calvin Johnson has 18 of his 20 receptions over the past two games while Golden Tate - second on the team with 15 catches - should not be lacking for motivation as he faces the team with which he played for four seasons. A defense that has been gashed through the air and on the ground is hoping for the return of linebacker DeAndre Levy (hip), who led the team in tackles last season.

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (1-2): Although Seattle pitched a shutout against the banged-up Bears last week, it was not an especially sharp effort - the Seahawks led 6-0 at the half before dynamic rookie Tyler Lockett returned the second-half kickoff a franchise-record 105 yards for a touchdown. Russell Wilson made it a point to target tight end Jimmy Graham, who had seven catches for 83 yards and a TD, while undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls did a nice imitation of Lynch by rushing for 104 yards on 16 carries. Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor ended his two-game holdout and made his season debut last week for Seattle, which is 23-2 at CenturyLink Field since 2012 and has won seven in a row at home.


1. Wilson is 4-0 with nine touchdowns and zero interceptions on Monday Night Football.

2. Tate has four TD receptions in his last four Monday night contests.

3. Lynch has missed only one game since he was acquired during the 2010 season.

PREDICTION: Seahawks 27, Lions 16
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Detroit 0-3 L3 18.7 27.7 0-1 0-2 0-1 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-1
Seattle 1-2 W1 24.7 20.3 1-0 0-2 0-1 1-1 0-1 0-1 1-2
Last Meeting
Detroit Seattle
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/28/12 SEA 24 DET 28 415 84 331 369 133 236
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Detroit M. Stafford 69.4 352 3 1
Seattle R. Wilson 71.4 236 2 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Detroit M. Leshoure 10 46 4.6 0
Seattle M. Lynch 12 105 8.8 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Detroit T. Young 9 100 11.1 2
Seattle G. Tate 7 64 9.1 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Detroit T. Young 2
Seattle M. Lynch 1
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Detroit M. Stafford 61.4 532 4 3
Seattle R. Wilson 71.8 457 3 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Detroit A. Abdullah 13 59 4.5 1
Seattle M. Lynch 33 114 3.5 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Detroit C. Johnson 12 122 10.2 1
Seattle D. Baldwin 14 127 9.1 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Detroit E. Ebron 2
Seattle D. Baldwin 1