Monday, October 29, 2012
Silver linings: Seahawks at Lions
By Mike Sando
The facts: The Seattle Seahawks fell to 4-4 with a 28-24 defeat to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Week 8.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Looking ahead: The Seahawks are home against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 9.
- Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson led a 12-play, 87-yard drive to the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Wilson completed 25 of 35 passes for 236 yards with two touchdowns and no sacks. His Total QBR score (93.7 out of 100) trailed only those for Tom Brady (98.4) and Matt Ryan (95.7) through the afternoon games Sunday. This was Wilson's best NFL performance in a road game, and perhaps overall.
- Marshawn Lynch's 77-yard touchdown run behind what appeared to be flawless blocking marked Seattle's longest scoring run since Shaun Alexander had an 88-yarder at Arizona in 2005. Lynch topped 100 yards rushing for the second game in a row. He's on pace for 1,514 yards this season. That would be a career single-season high by more than 300 yards. He had 1,204 last season.
- Tight end Zach Miller and receiver Sidney Rice caught scoring passes. Miller's one-handed grab was particularly impressive.
- Golden Tate, who had dropped a pass on a slant route last week, caught one to convert a critical fourth-and-2 in this game.
- Safety Earl Thomas picked off a pass deep in Seahawks territory.
- Punter Jon Ryan had a 46.3-yard net average, with each of his three punts downed inside the Detroit 20-yard line.
- Seattle had 17 points to show for its first three possessions.
- Brandon Mebane and Leroy Hill collected sacks.
- Seattle limited Calvin Johnson to three receptions for 46 yards.
- Officials assessed only two penalties against Seattle (two additional penalties were declined). Seattle has dramatically reduced penalties over its past five games.