NFL Preview | Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks
When the Lions have the ball...
Detroit's passing attack vs. Seattle's defensive backs
Zac says: The Lions have had a hard time keeping any consistent QB to WR connection on the field. Injuries to Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson have certainly stunted the growth of the offensive unit, particularly in the passing game. It looks like both guys will go since Stafford returned last week and Calvin Johnson practiced late this week. The Lions young duo still have a lot of growing to do together before gaining an advantage here. Advantage: Seahawks
Matt says: The return of Calvin Johnson to the lineup should open up the passing game a bit. You can bet that the Seahawk defense will always know where Calvin is, and have at least a couple guys in the area, but the Lions need to find him the ball if they want success on offense. Advantage: Even
Detroit's running game vs. Seattle's front seven
Zac says: The Seahawks have done a nice job against the run so far this season. Getting Calvin Johnson back in the lineup should open up the Lions running game as well. Calvin is a huge threat and must be accounted for at all times meaning the Seahawks will be less likely to completely stack the box to stuff the run. Kevin Smith is listed as a game time decision but returned to practice after missing Wednesday's session. Advantage: Even
Matt says: Maurice Morris did a nice job of spelling Kevin Smith last week. The Lions would be well served to mix in more carries for Morris to keep Smith healthy. Detroit needs to get both runners going to keep the Seattle defense on the field. Advantage: Lions
When the Seahawks have the ball...
Seattle's passing attack vs. Detroit's defensive backs
Zac says: Matt Hasselbeck just seems like the type of quarterback that is able to pick apart the Lions secondary. Their west coast offense features the kind of precise timing routes that the Green Bay Packers used in their systematic dismantling of the Detroit Lions just three weeks ago. Free agent acquisition T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Nate Burleson should have no problem finding open space. Advantage: Seahawks
Matt says: The Lions secondary has struggled for a number of years now, and they find themselves overmatched again this week. Matt Hasselbeck is still a good enough passer to find the holes in the Lions defensive backfield and cause a long day for the Detroit coaching staff. Advantage: Seahawks
Seattle's running game vs. Detroit's front seven
Zac says: Seattle has just the 29th ranked rushing offense in the NFL while the Lions rank 21st against the run despite allowing a 4.8 yards per carry average. The Seahawks haven't totaled 100 net rushing yards in their last two games combined. The Lions allowed the St. Louis Rams their only touchdown run of the season. This one looks pretty even; evenly bad. Advantage: Even
Matt says: The Seahawks don't have much of a running game right now. Julius Jones has been good for the most part, but Seattle doesn't have anyone behind him to give him a blow. Edgerrin James (the NFL's tenth all time rusher) was ineffective in that role early in the season, and has since been released. Advantage: Lions
Zac (5-2) says: The Lions have a long way to go before they can expect to hit the road and win a game so far from home. This will be another one of those games that will leave Lions fans looking for a silver lining. Seattle 31, Detroit 17
Matt (6-0) says: The loss to St. Louis last week was very discouraging to Lions fans, who were hoping that this team was no longer the worst team in the NFL. A healthy Calvin Johnson will be a plus, but the Lions still have a long way to go. , Seattle 27, Detroit 14
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