All of that factors in, but if the Lions are going to start digging themselves out of this hole with a big upset, they’ll have to take more chances downfield.
Two star-studded 2014 playoff teams will do battle to cap Week 4 on Monday Night Football, but both are still trying to get into a groove as October gets underway. “Maybe it’s the rope-a-dope approach, I don’t know”. With defensive end Cliff Avril demanding attention on the right side of the defensive line and blitzing linebackers, I see things opening up for DE Bennett.
“You look at a guy that is a running back and a quarterback“, strong safety James Ihedigbo said. Once he makes a declaration to us, he’s the one confined to timing and spacing. “It may not be the approach, but it’s been the reality”. Running back Joique Bell is out and hopes that defensive leader DeAndre Levy would return from his hip injury were muted when despite a week of limited practice he was listed as doubtful on the final injury report. But this is still a must-win for Seattle at home facing a tough upcoming schedule, and Detroit’s lack of a consistent ground game leaves immobile QB Matthew Stafford to put too many passes in harm’s way.
If you’re the Seattle Seahawks sitting at 1-2 after three games, no reason yet to panic. The Seahawks got back on track against the lowly Chicago Bears.
“He is very fast, so we have to pay a lot of attention to him”. “We have to get them in better situations”. We’re continuing to move that around.
“It isn’t necessarily something in their skill set that gives us problems”, Wright said.
Despite a slow start out of the gate, the Seahawks are not pushing the panic button anytime soon. Last week against Chicago the Seahawks were 0-for-6 on third down in the first half. Besides turning the ball over against Seattle, becoming one dimensional is the second quickest way to lose the game early.
One of them included Rob Gronkowski’s 22-yard score in the second quarter of the Super Bowl for New England in the Patriots’ 28-24 victory. Dan Doornink ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns in what may have been the best game of his National Football League career. You do that and the percentage goes up a lot.
Richard, though, says Williams is ready, having grown acclimated to the Seattle way of doing things, particularly a step-kick technique (explained here) at the line of scrimmage that requires a few patience for the cornerbacks. They last played there in 2009.
Jess, what do the Seahawks need to do to jump-start the offense a little sooner?
Despite the fact the Seahawks are looking up at a number of teams after three weeks of action (NFC foes Green Bay, Arizona, Atlanta and Carolina are all 3-0 for starters) with better records, there doesn’t seem to be a sense of frustration or fear with Pete Carroll and Co. “The ball was coming out faster, we were protecting, we were getting open on our routes, just everything was going the way it’s supposed to be going”.
Currently, the team ranks 27th in total offense, 32nd in rushing offense and tied for 23rd in points per game, and with a Monday night game against the stout Seahawks, getting on track in Week 4 could be hard.