No small factor for Seahawks' against Lions

2012 Small Offense vs. Small Defense

The Seattle Seahawks have listed defensive tackle Jason Jones as doubtful for their game against the Detroit Lions in Week 8.

This is a notable development given that Jones plays on the Seahawks' nickel defensive line, and teams facing the Lions generally spend a high percentage of snaps in sub packages.

The Seahawks have been outstanding, for the most part, from their base defense. They are limiting opponents to 4.2 yards per play, 3.4 yards per rush, 5.5 yards per pass attempt and a 35.8 Total QBR (50 is average) from their base defense, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

The Lions have scored one offensive touchdown all season while facing base defenses.

But Detroit has played only 59 offensive plays against base defenses this season. The Lions have played 366 plays against "small" defenses (those featuring additional defensive backs). The chart shows stats for the Lions' offense when facing these small defenses. It also shows how the Seahawks' opponents have fared when Seattle has used additional defensive backs.

The "Team EPA" figure for Seattle ranks 10th in the NFL to this point in the season. The Lions' corresponding figure on offense (plus-22.5) ranks 11th in the NFL.