The last time the Seahawks faced a high-powered aerial show it worked out pretty well for them. Just two weeks ago New England came into town with all of their high profile offensive stars, and the Hawks sent them packing on the short end of the scoreboard. Home is home, and away is away, though, in the NFL and the Hawks are going to have to lace their shoes tight for their foray into Ford Field today to play the Detroit Lions.
With the Lions it’s been a matter of the sum of the parts not adding up to an acceptable whole so far this season. The Lions are third in the conference in offense, and second in the conference in passing. The Motor City Kitties are fourth in the conference in defense. They are 2-4 going into today’s game against Seattle.
Part of the problem for Detroit has been their inability to get turnovers. While the offense has turned the ball over 11 times, a middle of the league number, the defense has only turned the ball over six times all season. Minus five in turnovers at this point in the season is a recipe for underperformance in the win column.
Seattle will attempt to coax rookie quarterback Russell Wilson along in his development into a top notch signal caller. His performances this season have been particularly spotty on the road, a fact mentioned as “something we need to get behind us” by Pete Carroll during his press conference mid-week. A solid effort by Marshawn Lynch and the offensive line will go far toward getting Wilson’s poor road performances in the rear view mirror. Lynch’s 652 yards rushing is third best in the conference.
The most intriguing matchup of the week will be the one between Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Kam Chancellor et. al in the Seahawks secondary. Chancellor won’t be asked to go it alone but Johnson (nicknamed MegaTron) will be a load for the defense to handle. Look for Seattle to roll into combination coverages and disguised double teams as a way to contain Johnson. The Seahawks defensive front will be called on to pressure Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. That will be a task as well, since Stafford has only been sacked 12 times this year, good for fourth best in the NFC.
Las Vegas lists the Lions as a one point favorite for today’s 10:00 a.m. P.D.T. game televised on Q13 Fox. I’m going to trust young Mr. Wilson and his career arc. Take the Hawks and the point. Use your winnings to buy a Chrysler 300. They tell me it’s imported from Detroit.