Seattle Seahawks @ Detroit
Andy Patton – Seattle will have their secondary challenged big time by the high-octane passing offense of Detroit. Matthew Stafford has done a great job of spreading the ball around to Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, and Kenny Golladay. However, Seattle’s run-heavy attack should punish Detroit’s less than stellar run defense, giving Seattle a slight edge – particularly if they can force Detroit into a turnover or two. I expect a tightly contested game, but think Seattle will move to 4-3 with a victory.
Matt Barry – The Seattle Seahawks had a bye last week and that is one of the reasons I like them this week. The Lions are playing better, but just flawed enough to drop this one at home. Seattle is 3-3 and really needs this one if they have dreams of a playoff berth.
I think the Seahawks will play enough defense to keep this a low scoring game which favors them completely against Matt Stanford and the Lions. Seattle wins by a field goal.
Jordan Cordano – Seattle is coming off of a week seven bye and is feeling pretty good at 3-3 after starting the year 0-2. Linebacker K.J. Wright and tight end Ed Dickson are expected to make their season debuts after missing the start of this season with injuries.
The Lions, however, may have found a new identity, rookie Kerryon Johnson has a string of great games the past couple of weeks running the football. Last week vs the Jets, Johnson ran for a career-high 158 yards on 19 carries. Detroit has a good receiving core as well and a defense that is no walk in the park.
The Seahawks have proven to be a less than stellar road team so in order for them to win this game they will have to start out fast and hope the defense can hold. I think this comes down to a field goal difference with Detroit taking the close one.
Ed Stein – The Seahawks need this game. My concern is with Matt Stafford having too much time to pick apart the Seahawks secondary. Even though Detroit added run stuffer Snacks Harrison to their defensive front, I still think Seattle will be able to run on them and control the clock. I’ll take the Hawks in a close one.