This would appear to be a matchup between two teams whose talent does not translate directly to the win column.
Granted, the Seattle Seahawks are a respectable 4-3, and they have the dubious honor of being 0-3 against fellow NFC West teams, and 4-0 against everyone else. But their defense is recognized as one of the best in the league.
The Detroit Lions will look to snap that streak, though they are also winless in their division, coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday night in which they let potential victory slip away repeatedly.
That loss dropped them to 2-4 on the season, which is a disappointment by anyone's standards.
The Seahawks had a similarly disappointing performance in primetime against the San Francisco 49ers, but they played on Thursday night, not Monday. We'll see if the four extra days of prep time end up making a difference for the Seahawks this week.
The game will kick off at 1pm EST, 10am PST, with television coverage on FOX, and we'll keep you updated as the action unfolds.
Matchups to watch for:
- Lions receiver Ryan Broyles came up big last week after a season-ending injury to Nate Burleson, with his first NFL reception and touchdown (for the Lions' only points of the game). It will be interesting to see whether he and Titus Young are able to get going in Burleson's absense against a very good Seahawks pass defense.
- Marshawn Lynch has propelled the Seahawks to the eighth-best rushing attack in the league this year, but the Lions have only yielded a single 100-yard rusher (Adrian Peterson) all year.
- Shockingly, the Lions sport the sixth-best pass defense in football in terms of yardage allowed (the Seahawks are eighth), while the Seahawks are 31st in passing offense. Look for the Lions front seven, fresh off their best game of the season, to try forcing rookie QB Russell Wilson into some mistakes.
- In a clever, if ill-advised move, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman changed his name on Twitter to "Optimus Prime." In other words, he has deemed himself Megatron's nemesis. Calvin Johnson has laughed it off in the lead up to the game, but it does put some extra focus on a matchup that was already pretty intriguing.
Final Score: Seahawks 24, Lions 28