By: Herman Moore
Ford Lions Report Live Analyst
The Detroit Lions can’t afford to overlook the Seattle Seahawks this week – not by a long shot.
The Seahawks (4-3) are developing their offense under rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, but they’ve proven that they can compete with the big boys with a 24-23 Week 6 win over the New England Patriots.
On paper, Seattle has quite the offense; however, it hasn’t scored more than 27 points in a game this year, which is surprising when considering the fact that it has one of the NFL’s top rushers in running back Marshawn Lynch, who is third in the league with 652 yards -- seven yards behind Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, who leads all backs with 659 yards.
Wilson also has a talented duo of receivers in Golden Tate and Sidney Rice.
After a 13-7 Monday Night Football loss to the Chicago Bears, the Lions (2-5) are in desperate need of a pick-me-up this week. The season isn’t spiraling out of control just yet, but another loss would certainly be a detriment to a team that was expected to build upon last season’s 10-6 regular season record.
Detroit did an adequate job of pressuring Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, sacking him five times for -25 yards. Wilson may not have the arm that Cutler has, but he’s more mobile and agile, especially when forced out of the pocket. Containing the former Wisconsin Badgers star will be imperative, and it’ll start with Detroit’s Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh, both of whom were effective against Chicago.
Protect the franchise
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was batted around by the Bears, despite being sacked just three times. However, Chicago mashed its way through Detroit’s offensive line, chasing and pressuring Stafford in to hurried throws.
Detroit has to pay special attention to Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons this week. He’s third in the NFL with 7.0 sacks – four of those came during a 14-12 MNF win over the Green Bay Packers.
Same story, different week
I’ve pointed out in past weeks that the Lions offense needs to start quickly. That’s a point I’ll continue to drive home until they actually do it. It’s frustrating and baffling to watch an offense that was so threatening in 2011 stumble and falter this season.
Something has to give.
A quick start against Seattle is mandatory. Playing catch-up, as we’ve seen thus far, isn’t the Lions forte. It’s a simple solution, really, the Lions need to score points early and take pressure off a defense that has been the backbone of the team – especially in the 26-23 win over Philadelphia and against the Bears.
I have some personal advice for the current Lions’ player and coaches. Don’t let it get away from you.
There is a lot of football to be played. Don’t lose faith – not right now.
A win Sunday at Ford Field would provide confidence for the ailing Lions and give them a boost while they attempt to catch the Minnesota Vikings, Packers and Bears in the NFC-North race.
But, a loss would knock down Detroit to 2-6, an incredibly difficult hole to climb out of for any team, regardless of talent.
Herman Moore joins Tom Leyden and Rob Rubick on the Ford Lions Report Live every Sunday at 11am throughout the season. You can follow Herman on Twitter @HMAN84
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