Final Grade: C-
Seattle's DBs did a great job of limiting Calvin Johnson, who had just 46 yards on three catches.
The problem is he wasn't the only receiver on the field. They routinely lost Broyles in coverage and allowed Titus Young to beat them.
Fourth Quarter: D+
If ever the Seahawks needed a defender to step up and make a play it was on the Lions' final drive on Sunday.
It didn't happen and the secondary couldn't do their part in halting a final touchdown drive.
On third down at the goal line, Brandon Browner seemed to concede the inside shoulder to Titus Young. A big NFL cornerback simply can't allow a receiver to make an inside move at the goal line.
3rd Quarter: C
Seattle continues to give up yards but they avoided the big play. What that allows is more opportunities for someone to make a play.
In the third quarter that meant an interception by Earl Thomas.
That won't be enough to win this game, though.
2nd Quarter: B-
Sherman has been begging opposing quarterbacks to throw his direction. That is great so long as you make plays.
Allowing Titus Young to get by you for a long touchdown play isn’t acceptable.
The secondary is playing tight on most snaps but it only takes a few 50-yard touchdown passes to change the course of a game.
1st Quarter: B
The Lions attempted to go after Richard Sherman on the first play of the game. This is exactly what Sherman wants.
Seattle needs to keep better track of players in the open field, though. The touchdown pass to Ryan Broyles, whom I listed as the receiver the Seahawks needed to be mindful of, was left alone on his touchdown reception.
Megatron vs. Optimus Prime. What more needs to be said?
Richard Sherman has been getting some negative feedback from his antics, but it is hard not to respect his approach to the game. He plays tough and talks big, but he backs it up on the field.
But he did get a phone call from the actual Optimus, or the voice of Optimus to be more precise. Peter Cullen, who was the voice of the Prime left a voice mail for Sherman.
Richard, this is Optimus Prime. When you see Megatron, you must tell him: 'One shall stand, one shall fall.' Wish you the best. Roll out!
One thing is certain—he's getting the attention of opposing players. Stafford and Calvin Johnson would like to prove him wrong, which could lead to them trying to test his skills.
That is exactly what Sherman wants.
He welcomes quarterbacks challenging him. Sherman knows he can get to balls that most cornerbacks can't reach. and it allows him to force turnovers.
The player Seattle needs to keep track of is Ryan Broyles. He's a talented receiver that could be the difference maker for the Lions. Seattle needs to keep track of him on Sunday or the team will suffer.