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Seahawks vs. Lions: Detroit edges Seattle after late TD, 28-24

Full coverage of the Seahawks' Sunday loss to the Lions, including X's and O's, analysis, injury reports, and more.

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Seahawks fall to Lions, 28-24

Titus Young hauled in a one-yard touchdown pass with 20 seconds left, as the Lions edged the Seahawks, 28-24.


Seahawks lead Lions 17-14 after third quarter

After three quarters of play, the Seattle Seahawks lead the Detroit Lions by a score of 17-14.

Following a 14-point second quarter that gave the Seahawks a slim halftime advantage, both teams have been unable to find the endzone in the second half.

The Lions went on a lengthy drive in the third quarter that took up close to seven minutes, but it ended abruptly following an interception by safety Earl Thomas.

On the following possession, however, Russell Wilson was picked off by Ricardo Silva. Wilson is 18-25 for 142 yards, a touchdown and an interception so far.

Running back Marshawn Lynch has accumulated 90 yards on nine carries, but most of that production came on a 77-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.

The Seahawks have been out-gained by their opponents in total offense, 318 to 258 yards. They have 15 first downs compared to Detroit's 17.


Seahawks lead Lions, 17-14, at half

The Seattle Seahawks lead the Detroit Lions, 17-14, after one half of play at Ford Field. The Seahawks took control with touchdowns on two consecutive possessions to begin the second quarter. It's been an unusually high-scoring affair for Seattle on both sides of the ball.

The Lions took a 7-3 lead at the end of the first quarter, but it didn't take long for the Seahawks to answer and move back on top. Marshawn Lynch busted a 77-yard touchdown run, the longest of his career, on the first play of Seattle's ensuing possession to put his team up 10-7.

The Seahawks didn't let up after that, forcing a Detroit 3-and-out. Seattle was given excellent field position and moved into the red zone on a 41-yard pass interference penalty when Russell Wilson was looking deep for Golden Tate. Wilson then capped the drive off with third-down touchdown pass to Sidney Rice from 9 yards out.

Detroit answered on the next drive when Matthew Stafford hit Titus Young for a 46-yard scoring strike on a 3rd-and-11 play.

Wilson moved Seattle into Lions' territory and Steven Hauschka missed a 61-yard field just before the end of the half.


Seahawks trail 7-3 after 1st quarter

The Seattle Seahawks trail the Detroit Lions, 7-3, after one quarter of play in Motown on Sunday. The Hawks jumped out to early 3-0 lead thanks to a little help from their opponent.

Detroit was called for defensive holding to give the Seahawks a first down, and then the Lions extended the drive by lining up over the center on a Seattle punt attempt. The Hawks would stall in the redzone and settle for a field goal from Steven Hauschka.

Russell Wilson was accurate on the drive, completing 7-of-8 passes. The Lions were able to stifle Marshawn Lynch and the run game, and that played a big role in Seattle's inability to convert their redzone trip into a touchdown. Lynch carried the ball four times for just two yards on the field goal trip.

The Seattle defense forced a punt on the game's opening drive, but the Lions had little trouble carving up the Seahawks through the air on their next possession. Matthew Stafford connected with Ryan Broyles from six yards out to cap an 82-yard drive.


Seahawks enter game against Lions short on WRs

The Seattle Seahawks face the Detroit Lions on Sunday in Detroit in a game the Lions desperately need and the Seahawks would love to steal on the road.

But the Seahawks will have to go without seven players after the release of their inactive list for Week 8. The players missing in action against the Detroit will be: wide receiver Braylon Edwards, cornerback Danny Gorrer, cornerback Byron Maxwell, offensive lineman John Moffitt, wide receiver Doug Baldwin, defensive tackle Jason Jones and defensive tackle Jaye Howard. The loss of Edwards and Baldwin impacts the depth at wide receiver on an offense that is already inconsistent.

The Lions are relatively healthy among their regular players. Their inactive list includes cornerback Jacob Lacey, safety Amari Spievey, cornerback Bill Bentley, linebacker DeAndre Levy, offensive tackle Jason Fox, quarterback Kellen Moore and offensive tackle Corey Hilliard. Running back Kevin Smith and defensive end Ronnell Lewis were on the inactive list last week prior to the Lions' loss to the Chicago Bears but will be active this week.

Seattle enters the game 4-3 and tied for second in the NFC West while Detroit sits at 2-4 and in last place in the NFC North.


DT Jason Jones doubtful, two others ruled out

The Seattle Seahawks are expected to be without a few key contributors Sunday afternoon with DT Jason Jones listed as doubtful and WR Doug Baldwin and CB Byron Maxwell already announced as out.

Jones, one of the team's strongest interior pass rushers, is dealing with an ankle injury but did travel with the team, according to the Everett Herald's John Boyle. Here's what head coach Pete Carroll told the paper about the possibility of being without Jones:

"It's a really big deal if we can't get him out there. We're starting to learn how to rush together and we have a chance to get pretty good here as we grow together. Jason's a big deal, he's been involved in a lot of stuff. He's got two or three sacks, but he's been involved a bunch and been a factor...He's so long, he's got that kind of slither rush to him, sneaky."

As for the other two players that have already been ruled out, Baldwin is going to rest his high ankle sprain while Maxwell's hamstring issue will prevent him from contributing against the potent passing attack of the Lions.

For some good news, G John Moffitt is finally turning a corner with his knee injury after missing four games and is listed as questionable. Carroll shared that he isn't expected to instantly regain his starting job, even if Moffitt is ready to go Sunday.

RB Marshawn Lynch should be fine with his back injury too as he was given a probable tag. The Seahawks also have the option of activating CB Walter Thurmond from the PUP list this weekend so say tuned for additional updates about his status as the game draws closer.


Jim Schwartz discusses Lions' struggles

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz joined Karsch and Anderson on WXYT in Detroit to break down what he can do to get his team back on track after a disappointing 2-4 start.

Schwartz shared that it's important for his team not to overreact at this point and be resilient:

"People in the NFL don't think that way. We're six games into the season; it's a 16-game season. You don't have to look past the Giants last year, they were 7-7 with two games to play. The year before that, Green Bay was 7-7. We know what happened at the end of the season for those guys...You've got to put losses behind you; you've got to put wins behind you."

The Seattle Seahawks are hoping that they force Schwartz and company to continue to dwell on the negatives this weekend though by handing them another defeat. And the Seahawks, too, have a lot to prove as the team has only won one road game all season (16-12 against Carolina).

The game will be early for those on the West Coast with a 1 p.m. ET start time. Fans of some defensive football will want to make sure to be up for that opening kickoff, too, with how sloppily the Lions have started games on offense this season. QB Matthew Stafford averages only 4.32 yards per attempt in the first quarter this season with a 50.9 completion percentage and two interceptions.


Russell Wilson breaks down the Lions' defense

Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson joined Bob and Groz on 710 ESPN Seattle to discuss his upcoming NFC showdown against the Detroit Lions Friday morning.

Wilson told the radio duo that he feels that the Lions secondary is very exploitable as long as can "get the ball out on time." Here's exactly what the young signal caller had to say about Detroit's defense:

"The biggest opportunity, obviously, is their secondary, just because they've had some guys in and out with injuries and everything, which is unfortunate for them...Obviously they have a tremendous, tremendous defensive line; their linebackers are playing at a high level. And they've made some plays in the defensive secondary as well."

Wilson went on to share that he hasn't faced any surprises through the first seven games of his rookie year because he's "been prepared since Day 1." He also expressed that he doesn't mind dealing with the limitations the coaches have put on some of the passing game plans as he will "do whatever it takes to win."

Overall, Wilson has compiled 1,230 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions on 104-of-175 passing (59.4%) with almost half of his rookie campaign in the books. All seven of his picks have come on the road this season though so it will be interesting to see how he deal's with Detroit's crowd come Sunday.


Calvin Johnson public enemy No. 1 for Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley realizes that as Calvin Johnson goes, so goes the Detroit Lions offense.

With that in mind, Bradley has been consumed all week with finding a way to slow the physical specimen. Here's what he told Eric Williams of the Seattle News Tribune on how he has been preparing his players to deal with the one they call Megatron:

"We're so aware of the deep ball, the explosive plays with him," Bradley said. "And It's not like it happens on third and 4, third and 5. On first and 10, the first play of the game you're seeing them take shots. So I think it's important that our safeties - we always say, ‘When you're back, you're back.' So don't come up there sniffing out the run, on some of the run plays."

And while Bradley has been preparing, Seahawks CB Richard Sherman has been running his mouth. Sherman vowed to treat the All-Pro pass catcher like any other receiver before changing his twitter handle to Optimus Prime, Megatron's robotic nemesis in the Transformers series.

Johnson hasn't been performing up to his touchdown standards this season with only one score through his first six games. But when it comes to yards, the sixth-year pro is actually 28 yards above the pace he set last year during his dominant 1,681 yard campaign.

Maybe Sherman should be following in Bradley's footsteps after all.


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NFL odds Week 8: Seahawks vs. Lions

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Lynch a full go at Seahawks' Wednesday practice

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Doug Baldwin out Sunday with high ankle sprain

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Pete Carroll wants more defensive turnovers

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said his team needs to win the turnover battle when his team meets the Detroit Lions on Sunday, and he specifically called out his defense.

Per Carroll's comments to the team's website:

"The biggest issue I have with our team right now is we've got to get the football away from our opponents. They've gone quiet a little bit on the turnover thing. I know that we'll do better at home, we have historically. But here we go on the road again."

With Matt Stafford, Calvin Johnson and the No. 2 passing team in the NFL hosting Seattle this Sunday, the Seahawks will need those turnovers to give their limited offense the opportunity for scores. Field position will have much to do with that, Carroll said.

In Seattle's road games against the San Francisco 49ers and the Carolina Panthers, the Seahawks have lost the turnover battle 4-2.

While the Seahawks are No. 5 in yards allowed per game, they have combined for 15 interceptions and forced fumbles this season. For perspective, the NFL-leading Chicago Bears have a combined 24 interceptions and forced fumbles.


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Thurmond eager to return to Seahawks' secondary

Thurmond, who has been out of action since last October with a broken fibula, is focused on a return to the Seahawks' secondary.


Sidney Rice frustrated by Seahawks' passing game

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Injury notes: Baldwin out; Moffitt, Thurmond back

Lineman John Moffitt hasn't practiced in four weeks since injuring his knee against the Green Bay Packers in Week 3.


NFC West takes a step backwards this weekend

Both of the NFC West teams playing Sunday registered losses, assisting the Seahawks' cause in the division.

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