The Detroit Lions Lost To Seattle Due Largely To Missed Opportunities.
The Detroit Lions started this game hot. Seattle started with the football and was forced to punt after gaining two first downs.
Once the Lions offense got on the field they immediately looked extremely sharp. Quarterback Matthew Stafford led a 13-play drive that ended with a 39-yard touchdown reception from wide receiver Marvin Jones.
Score: Lions lead 7-0
Jones’s touchdown was the last good thing to happen for Detroit in the first half. Seahawk quarterback Russel Wilson immediately answered with a touchdown drive of his own, throwing a 24-yard touchdown to wide receiver Tyler Lockett.
On the ensuing kickoff, running back Ameer Abdullah fumbled giving Seattle the ball back immediately at the Lion 34-yard line.
Seattle wasted little time converting when Wilson found wide receiver David Moore for a 15-yard touchdown. Wilson led a third touchdown drive to close out the first half when he threw a 12-yard strike to tight end, Ed Dickson.
Score: Seahawks lead 21-7
The third quarter opened with a sack of Stafford forcing a Detroit punt. Fortunately for the Lions, their defense was able to hold against the Seahawks, giving Detroit the ball back.
The Lions had a promising start to their next possession, picking up two first downs before an incomplete third-down pass forced a punt.
Score: Seahawks lead 21-7
The Lions deficit grew even more at the beginning of the fourth when Seattle running back Chris Carson scored a seven-yard rushing touchdown.
The Lions were actually able to answer quickly on offense with a 19-yard Jones touchdown reception with 10:40 left in the game.
The Lions had multiple chances to make this a ball game, but a Stafford fumble on their next drive and then an interception on the next one kept this game out of reach for the Lions.
Score: Seahawks win 28-14
The Lions lost the turnover battle 3 to 0
The Lions gave the ball away 3 times in this game and it truly did cost them. An Abdullah fumble in the second quarter led directly to a Seahawks touchdown, and Stafford’s two turnovers in the fourth quarter kept Detroit from clawing their way back into the game.
Russel Wilson had a perfect passer rating
Russel Wilson did whatever he wanted to the Lion secondary on Sunday, completing 14/17 passes for 248 yards, 3 touchdowns, and a 158.3 passer rating.
Seattle outrushed Detroit 176 to 34 yards
The Lions rush defense continued to be extremely problematic, allowing 176 totals yard, including 105 to Carson. On the flip side, the Lions rush offense produced only 34 yards, of which Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount combined for just 25.
Detroit lost time of possession 34:55 to 25:05
Seattle had the ball for much, much longer than the Lions on Sunday. After going up early, Seattle was effectively able to run out the clock in this one (thanks largely due to their run game).
Plays Of The Game
Marvin Jones’s 39-yard touchdown
Marvin Jones’s 19-yard touchdown
Detroit Lions Player Of The Game
Marvin Jones is this weeks Lions player of the game. Jones was the Lions only playmaker on offense who showed up to this game. He caught 7 of 10 targets for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also drew a 56-yard pass interference penalty in the fourth quarter.
This was Jones’s biggest game of the season so far. His season high to this point had been 69-yards, so perhaps this breakout performance will help him get back to the level he played at last season.