By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN
Seahawks 28 – Lions 14
Normally when you come to read these articles, I do a quick recap, shout out a player of the game, shout out the poor performer of a game, and preview the next game. This week, I’ll switch it up a bit.
I spoke with our Seahawks reporter, Dayna O’Gorman, earlier in the week about this game. Due to technical issues, I wasn’t able to get posted in time. This week, I’ll take our conversation, and see how our predictions matched up!!
But before I get going, let me just say that coming into this game, I felt that these teams were pretty evenly matched. I felt that the winner would possibly be able to compete for a playoff spot in the NFC. I still feel that way, but the Lions just looked really bad today.
Needless to say, there’s work that needs to be done with this team. Apparently, defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois feels the same way.
Ricky Jean Francois: We were flat. This team was not focused like we needed to be, every player needs to stay focused and do their job. The nasty taste of losing needs to stay with us, not just for a week, but all the way until the end of the season.
— Jennifer Hammond (@HammerFox2) October 28, 2018
Let’s see how well my interview with Dayna held up!
- At the beginning of the season, no one was really giving Seattle a chance, and the team was going with the underdog mentality. Now, at 3-3, how do you feel about their chances going forward. Better than I had originally expected. Where you thought the Lions were going to get 11 wins, I had Seattle closer to 8-9. We knew it was a rebuilding year and with all of the changes that come with that. However, this team has gelled much quicker than I had anticipated. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if they sneak into the playoffs as a wild-card team.
Let’s just say, they came away from today’s game looking like a playoff team. They were firing on all cylinders.
- Offensive line play has been a concern in the past. How has been so far this season, and do you think that they will be able to control the line of scrimmage this game? The offensive line is a concern in every game and has been for a couple of years now. With last season’s addition of tackle Duane Brown, then guard D.J. Fluker, and the coaching changes, Seattle’s line has greatly improved. Is there still room for more improvement? Absolutely. But this line held their own against the insane defense of the Rams, so I’m almost ready to trust them. Almost.
They opened up holes for their running backs and got a good push on the Lions defensive front. If I were Dayna, I’d trust them.
- The Legion of Boom is no longer. Do you like what you see in their “replacements?”Can they get back to playing the defense that they were known for?? Let’s call them “The Next Generation” instead of replacements because there is no replacing the Legion. It was a golden time in Seattle football and fans will be forever grateful to them. However, don’t sleep on these young guys. Seattle’s defense still has great linebackers in Bobby Wagner and K. J. Wright, a mean pass rusher in Frank Clark, and some new muscle in defensive tackle Jarran Reed. The secondary can no longer be called the Legion, but with the leadership of safety Bradley McDougald, the young ones are coming along quickly.
They looked great. The Seahawks defense cracked down and didn’t give the Lions much room at all. It wasn’t pretty.
- What do you think Seattle’s biggest strength is going into this game? The revitalized run game. Seattle finally found their rhythm with the run game around 3 games in. With the Lions struggling with their run defense, there could be an opportunity for the Seahawks to control this game with the run.
They had 176 yards rushing. That speaks for itself.
- What’s your score prediction, and how many rushing yards will the team have? All the media/talking heads have this as being a very close game, and I have to agree. I think it could be as simple as 1 or 2 plays that make the difference, including (god forbid) missed field goals or extra points. I’m going with Seattle 24 – Lions 17. As for rushing yards, I can see running back Chris Carson having a good game so I’m going with 175 yards for the team.
Dayna is good y’all. Really good. The team had 176 yards.
So, there you have it! The Seahawks looked like a playoff team, while the Lions just look like they’re trying to find their identity. Hopefully, they’re able to do it by next week, when they head to Minnesota to take on a very good Vikings team.