Seattle Seahawks Should Win Against the Detroit Lions

Todd PheiferAnalyst IIIOctober 26, 2012

Sept. 9, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) reacts after a call was made in the first quarter against Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE
Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE

On paper, the Seattle Seahawks should be able to handle the Detroit Lions and move to 5-3.

If only some games went by what was written on paper.

Admittedly, the word “should” does not guarantee very much, particularly in a league like the NFL where it is not uncommon for the underdog to come out on top.

Granted, the ‘Hawks are 1-3 on the road, which does not bode well for their trip to Ford Field. Could the Lions rise up and defend their home turf against the visiting Seahawks?

There will be some interesting battles in this game. The Lions have the second-ranked passing attack in the league, which will go up against the eighth-ranked Seattle passing defense.

Get ready for Megatron versus Optimus Prime. I guess that makes Seattle the good guys. Does that mean that the Seahawks will start playing in CybertronLink Field?

Sorry, that was probably a stretch.

There is also Marshawn Lynch and the sixth-ranked running attack going up against the 19th-ranked run defense. Advantage: Beast mode.

Unfortunately for the Seahawks, they have the 31st-ranked passing offense, while Detroit has the sixth-ranked pass defense. Definitive advantage: Detroit. We may see some serious scrambling from Russell Wilson.

Do you think the Seahawks might rely on the running game? They might.   

This game is arguably set up to play into Seattle’s strengths. Again, paper does not predict the future, but the Seahawks should be able to run the ball effectively. On the other side of the ball, the ‘Hawks have the talent to contain the run and force Detroit to pass. 

Detroit is strong at passing, but hopefully Richard Sherman (Optimus Prime) and the gang will win the battle for Ford Field.

I am optimistic about this game, but there is that nagging doubt when you look at the road record. You could certainly argue that road losses against the Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams were winnable games. Flip those losses, and the Seahawks are suddenly 3-1 away from CenturyLink Field.

Still, Seattle did not win those games, and its road record is an unimpressive 1-3. I assume that this is part of the reason that Detroit is favored.

Regardless of the outcome, it seems reasonable to assume that this will be a low-scoring affair. Seattle is averaging a paltry 16.6 points per contest. Detroit is averaging 22.2 per game, but I am going to argue that it has some outliers that have skewed its average.

The Lions scored 26 points in overtime against the Philadelphia Eagles, and Detroit put up 41 in an overtime loss to a Tennessee Titans team that has a dreadful defense.   

It is only Week 8, but playoff rankings are starting to take shape. Every game counts at this point. This is a winnable game, which means that Seattle cannot lose focus on the road.

I see Seattle coming away with a victory. It may not be pretty, and Russell Wilson may not complete a ton of passes, but I think the ‘Hawks will move to 5-3.