Wrap-up: Lions 28, Seahawks 24
October, 28, 2012
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
Thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 28-24 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Week 8:
What it means: The Seahawks fell to 4-4 with their second consecutive road defeat after their defense faltered late in the game. Seattle got what it needed in the fourth quarter from rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, who led a 12-play, 87-yard drive for the go-ahead touchdown. That was a positive and something the Seahawks can build upon. However, letting this game get away puts pressure on Seattle to win its five remaining home games to finish with a winning record.
What I liked: Wilson and the offense converted on third-and-10 and fourth-and-short during the go-ahead scoring drive in the fourth quarter. Receiver Sidney Rice and tight end Zach Miller caught scoring passes. Marshawn Lynch's 77-yard touchdown run was the Seahawks' longest since Shaun Alexander had an 88-yarder at Arizona. The run allowed Lynch to top 100 yards rushing even though the ground game wasn't consistently strong for Seattle, a bit of a surprise. Seattle shut out Calvin Johnson in the first half and prevented him from emerging as a dominant threat. Jackson couldn't handle the potential go-ahead scoring pass in the final minutes. Earl Thomas picked off a pass deep in Seahawks territory to ward off a Lions scoring chance.
What I didn't like: The Seahawks' defense gave up a season-high four touchdowns while struggling to defend third-and-long situations. That has been a problem at times, particularly on the road. The team sought to upgrade its pass rush in an effort to win those situations more frequently. The Lions converted 12 times in 16 third-down chances. Matthew Stafford topped 300 yards passing, joining Tom Brady in racking up yards against Seattle. The Seahawks, geared up to face Johnson, couldn't stop Titus Young, who caught nine passes for 100 yards and two scores, including the game winner in the final minute.
What's next: The Seahawks face the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field in Week 9.