Football fans can finish off Week Four of the NFL 2015 season when they watch the winless Detroit Lions travel to Seattle to face the 1-2 Seahawks live online in a Monday Night Football matchup shaping up to be a must-win game for both teams.
The early part of the season has been rough for both teams, coming off of largely successful years in 2014. The Lions last season finished at 11-5 — their best won-loss record since 1991 — and qualified for the playoffs for only the second time since 1999.
But, in the Wild Card game against the Dallas Cowboys, the Lions took a 20-7 lead and then proceeded to give up 17 unanswered points including 10 in the fourth quarter, to lose 24-20 — and they haven't won a game since. Now, they're facing the prospect of heading into CenturyLink Field to face not only the defending NFC Champions Seahawks but their infamous "12th Man," needing to leave with a win in order to harbor any real hopes of returning to the postseason tournament once again.
Seattle also got off to a slow start, dropping their first two games before shutting out the lowly Chicago Bears 26-0 last week. But, in a division where the Arizona Cardinals are already at 3-1, the Seahawks must keep their winning ways going to prevent their journey toward a third straight Super Bowl from running off the rails in a hurry.
To find out how to watch the Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks NFL Monday Night Football game live online, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, October 5, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington, 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
The Seahawks will be without running back Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch who is nursing a hamstring injury, meaning that Coach Pete Carroll will be trusting Seattle's crucial running game to undrafted, 22-year-old rookie Thomas Rawls, who touched the ball only twice in Seattle's season opener and not at all the following week.
Against Chicago, Rawls had 16 carries for 104 yards. And of course, quarterback Russell Wilson is also more than capable of running with the ball, having racked up 137 yards on 24 carries so far this season.
The Seahwaks and the Lions have played against each other in a regular three-year rotation since 1978, after their first meeting in 1976, the first year of the Seahawks existence. In the 12 meetings between the two franchises, Seattle has won seven. But the last time they squared off, on October 28 of 2012, Detroit, playing at home, took home the victory 28-24.
To watch the Week Four of NFL Monday Night Football game live online, the Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks, use the stream provided by WatchESPN at this link. Note that the game will not be available via the WatchESPN app on smartphones but will be streamed live, not only on traditional computers, but also on set-top internet boxes sites Roku and Apple TV, as well as on tablets such as the Apple iPad.
Fans who do not have credentials to log in to WatchESPN can watch the game via the Sling TV internet TV package at this link. The package, which includes a variety of channels, including ESPN, costs $20 per month — and can be accessed on mobile devices with the Sling TV app as well as on computers and some set-top devices. But Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial, so subscribers can choose whether or not to keep the service after watching the Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks game live online.
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