Final Score: Seahawks 13, Lions 10
October 5, 2015
Capping off the Week 4 NFL schedule on “Monday Night Football,” we had an NFC matchup between the Lions and Seahawks. Detroit was coming into this one fresh off their third straight loss, while Seattle blew out the Bears in Week 4 for their first win of the year. This was a tight, low-scoring game and wasn’t without controversy.
Let’s check out some of the key players and statistics from this one so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll check out what’s ahead for both teams in Week 5.
What Happened: Points are usually at a premium up in Seattle, and that was exactly the case here. Russell Wilson’s 24-yard hookup with Doug Baldwin in the second quarter was the first score of the game. Matt Prater got the Lions on the board later with a 41-yarder, and Steven Hauschka answered with a 51-yarder later in the quarter. At the break, it was 10-3 Seahawks.
In the third, Hauschka bagged a 52 yard field goal to extend the lead for the only scoring of that period.
Caraun Reid scooped up a fumble and ran 27 yards for a defensive touchdown in the fourth, giving the Lions some late life. The offense put together a nice drive in the final minutes, and it looked like they were going to take the lead when Calvin Johnson had the ball smacked out by Kam Chancellor at Seattle’s 1-yard line. The play would result in a touchback and effectively end the Lions’ hopes.
That sequence could have been flagged, however, as K.J. Wright slapped the ball out of the end zone while it was loose. That's an illegal touch, but the referee didn't believe Wright intended to get the ball out of the end zone.
Regardless, the Seahawks would come through with a 13-10 victory and move to 2-2 on the year. Detroit is now 0-4 for the first time since 2010.
The Stars: Chancellor continues to prove his worth to the Seahawks front office. He led the team with six tackles (one assist) and the key fumble. Since he’s been back, the defense hasn’t allowed an offensive touchdown. They’ve forced 18 punts in two games.
The Detroit defense did pretty well here too, grabbing six sacks and three fumbles.
The Goats: Neither offense should be proud of itself this morning. Detroit was just 3-of-13 on third downs, and Matthew Stafford threw for just 203 yards. The run game was also pretty ugly, with just 53 yards total.
Meanwhile, Wilson was on the run all night with some pretty bad protection. He also lost two fumbles, one of which led to Detroit’s lone touchdown.
Injuries: Detroit got roughed up in this one injury-wise. They lost TE Eric Ebron to a knee injury in the first half, then in the second, they lost both starting tackles on defense. Haloli Ngata and Tyrunn Walker both sustained leg injuries (Ngata’s was more his calf) and will be evaluated further today.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 5, both teams will be back in action on Sunday, October 11. The Seahawks will hit the road to visit the undefeated Bengals (1:00 PM ET on FOX), while the Lions will host the 3-1 Cardinals in Detroit (4:05 PM ET on FOX).
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