The 0-3 Detroit Lions will travel to Seattle to take on the 1-2 Seahawks and these 2 teams are going in opposite directions. Both started week 3 as winless but the Seahawks routed the Bears 26-0 while the Lions lost to the Broncos 24-12. For Seattle, the return of strong safety Kam Chancellor couldn’t have come at a better time. Through the first 2 weeks, Seattle’s Defense allowed over 30 points and 356 yards per game. Last week, they not only shut out the Bears, they only gave up 156 yards of total offense with only 48 of them coming on the ground. The Lions had trouble again scoring points as this was the second week in a row they failed to score at least 17 points.
Even though they got back in the win column and their defense looks like it is back to being elite, it wasn’t all good news last week as running back Marshawn Lynch was limited to 5 carries for 14 yards due to neck and back issues and his status for this week is uncertain. Russell Westbrook did a good job completing 20 of 30 passes for 235 with a touchdown. His favorite target was Jimmy Graham who caught 7 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. Offensively, they were able to successfully run the ball even without Lynch as Thomas Rawls had 16 carries for 104 yards. Defensively, they limited Jimmy Clausen to 48 yards on 9-17 passing. The Bears only had 4 plays that went for more than 10 yards and only once did they get to play offense in Seahawk territory. They even excelled on special teams as Tyler Lockett returned a kick-off 105 yards for a touchdown and Richard Sherman returned a punt 64 yards.
Through 3 games the Lions have struggled mightily on both ends of the football. Their Defense has given up an average of 27.7 points and 395 yards per game. Their offense has an NFC high 8 turnovers and they are last in the NFL in rushing with 135 yards which amounts to an average of 45 yards per game. Last week they had 3 turnovers all caused by Matthew Stafford in the form of 2 interceptions and a fumble. The offensive line didn’t help Stafford by allowing him to be sacked 4 times. Calvin Johnson had a decent game with 8 passes for 77 yards but so far this year has yet to even reach 90 receiving yards in a game.
Seattle looked great last week and are playing at home where they have won 23 of their last 25 games. Detroit has struggled offensively 2 weeks in a row and will have a hard time getting back on track against the Seahawk defense. The Seahawks are 1-2 against the spread this year while the Lions are 0-3. The Seahawks are heavy favorites this week and the Lions will have their hands full even keeping this game close.
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