NFL Week 8 Game Preview: Seahawks (3-3) at Lions (3-3)
Detroit pulled back to .500 with a solid victory over the Miami Dolphins last week. Seattle got back to the even mark with a big win over the Raiders while Detroit was on their bye in Week 6.
Barring another tie, only one of these teams will have a winning record heading into their Week 9 midway mark.
Surely, a victory over the Raiders isn’t much to crow about. But the only loss in Seattle’s last four games was a hard-fought 33-31 battle with the undefeated Rams.
Detroit throttled Miami’s defense and beat the Packers right before their bye. It probably won’t matter much this week, but Detroit reportedly added a big piece to their defense in premier run-stopper Damon “Snacks” Harrison.
Seattle’s most impressive wins came since they let the running game become a weapon. Chris Carson and Mike Davis provide a solid one-two punch from the backfield.
Russell Wilson is a creative playmaker, but he is even more effective when he has a running threat to support him.
Detroit’s Kerryon Johnson seems to be slipping into a premier role in Detroit, too. Another solid passer, Matt Stafford, picked up a true running game to distract defenders, too.
But which team will do it best this week?
Injuries and notes
Detroit is reasonably healthy with only pass-catching back Theo Riddick and defensive end Ezekiel Ansah listed as questionable.
Linebacker KJ Wright returned to practice this week and copped a questionable tag. Tight end Ed Dickson also returned to practice, but will not be active Sunday.
Head coach and primary cheerleader Pete Carroll is keeping his Seahawks team in the playoff hunt despite preseason naysayers predicting doom because of a radically changed roster that included the disappearance of the Legion of Boom.
If he can bring this team to the postseason, it might well be his best NFL coaching performance of a strong career.
Matt Patricia got off to a rocky start with a surprising blowout loss to the Jets, but since then, his team is playing pretty well. They still have some holes, one of which might be filled by the Harrison trade, but they are adapting to strengths and weaknesses and might have a playoff surprise in them.
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Who will win the Lions v Seahawks game?
Ford Field in Detroit offers the Lions a bit of a home-field advantage. Of course, the Seahawks know all about that since they field the famous 12th man in Seattle.
That could be the difference as these teams match up well. Above average quarterbacks with good receivers, a new and improved running game, defenses that have holes but also have moments… it should be a fun game to watch.
Final score: Lions 26, Seahawks 24