Week 9 Preview: Detroit at Seattle

There are only a few things that could make the Seattle Seahawks happy right now.

1.) Fast forwarding till April for the NFL Draft.

2.) Waking up and finding out that their 2-5 season that’s been filled with injuries has just been a bad dream.

3.) A matchup against the St. Louis Rams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Detroit Lions.

Thankfully, the Seahawks get one of those scenarios to play out this weekend when they play host against the hapless 1-6 Detroit Lions.

The Lions are coming off an embarrassing 17-10 loss at home against the St. Louis Rams.

In that game, the Lions’ offensive line was penalized 40 yards for three holding penalties and two false start infractions. Without superstar Calvin Johnson, the team’s wide receivers failed to record a catch until the fourth quarter when Bryant Johnson hauled in the team’s only two receptions from the wide receiver position.

Defensively, Detroit failed to bring down St. Louis quarterback Marc Bulger for a sack. This is surprising because Bulger’s offensive line had allowed the veteran quarterback to get sacked 16 times through the team’s seven games leading up to the road contest in Detroit. What’s worse than the lack of sacks in the game for the Lions is that missed tackles allowed Rams running back Steven Jackson to run wild throughout the entire game, especially during the fourth quarter when Jackson broke loose for ground gains of 10, 11, 17 and 25 yards.

If you just look at those things, you can’t help but think that this weekend’s matchup against the Lions spells a blowout win for Seattle.

This year, the Lions rank 27TH in the league in passing yards allowed per game with 251.9. In total, the Lions have given up 18 scoring strikes through the air compared to intercepting just five passes.

In two career games against the Lions, Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed 46 of 58 passing attempts for 417 yards and one touchdown through the air. No interceptions. Plus, 30 yards on 15 carries.

On the other side of the ball, David Hawthorne should be primed to have a big game. He has held his own so far in replacement of injured middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu. Tatupu’s out for the year with a torn pectoral muscle. In Week Eight at Dallas, Hawthorne recorded Seattle’s only two sacks and defensive forced fumble against the Cowboys. Look for Hawthorne’s productivity to continue this week, as the Lions’ quarterbacks have been sacked 24 times this season.

Seattle will get out to an early lead Sunday at Qwest Field and won’t look back due in large part to Calvin Johnson most liking missing his third game in a row for the Lions with a knee injury.

Seattle 28, Detroit 3.

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