NHL Week 4: Seahawks aim for .500 mark against the Lions

The Lions are favored to beat Seattle by 4.5 points, the most points they’ve been favored by since they were a six-point favorite against the New York Giants in 2019.

SEATTLE — The Seahawks will travel to Detroit to take on Lions Sunday as Seattle aims to hit the .500 mark after falling to the Falcons last week.

The Lions are favored to beat Seattle by 4.5 points, the most points they’ve been favored by since they were a six-point favorite against the New York Giants in 2019.

Seattle has won four straight games against Detroit, including a 26-6 playoff win on Jan. 7, 2017, in the Lions’ last postseason appearance. The teams meet for the first time in two consecutive seasons.

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If the Seahawks win Sunday, they will continue their longest winning streak in the series, which spanned from 1978-1990.

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When the Seahawks last faced the Lions, Seattle running back Rashaad Penny had a career-high 170 rushing yards and two touchdowns in last year’s 51-29 win in Week 17. Penny surpassed his career high the next week with 190 yards against Arizona. He’s averaged 4.4 yards per carry on 32 attempts so far this season.

Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith is one of seven quarterbacks in the league with a 100+ passer rating. Smith has completed the best 77.5% of his passes in the NFL this season. Last week against Atlanta, he had a career-high 32 completions for 325 yards, which was enough for the third-highest total and most in a game since 2014.

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Wide receiver Tyler Lockett, held to three receptions and 28 yards in the opener against the Broncos, has had nine catches in each of the last two games. His 21 receptions are tied for seventh in the league.

Seattle tight ends Noah Fant, Will Dissly and Colby Parkinson have combined for 21 catches and three touchdowns after Seattle only had five touchdowns from tight ends last season.

Wide receiver DK Metcalf said he wasn’t as impressed with rising Detroit Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah.

“There’s a fuse over him, so he doesn’t really lock people up,” Metcalf said while looking at the game tape. “But he’s a good corner.”

The Lions were encouraged by Okudah’s play after the No. 3 overall missed a significant amount of time in his first two seasons in the 2020 draft through injury.

The pair are expected to match at times. Metcalf believes Okudah has benefited from having a deep security behind him, saying, “He doesn’t really lock people up.” Sunday will be a test for rising Okudah, a former Ohio State star who recovering from a season-ending achilles tendon injury in the 2021 opener.

Rookie defensive end Boye Mafe is expected to get more playing time after a strong game in Week 3. Rookie cornerback Tariq Woolen had his first interception of his career last week, which is the only pass the Seahawks have picked up this season.

The Seahawks are defensive hopeful Shelby Harris will play after missing last week’s game.

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Detroit last week in Minnesota led 14-0 midway through the second quarter and by 10 points midway through the fourth before giving up a game-winning touchdown with 45 seconds left. Coach Dan Campbell lamented his decision to attempt a 54-yard field goal with a 1:14 lead and lead by three points.

Lions quarterback Jared Goff threw for a season-high 277 yards against the Vikings. In his past five home games, Goff has had 14 touchdowns and only two interceptions.

The Lions will likely be without not one, but two of their offensive weapons this week.

Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks on Friday after spraining his ankle against the Vikings last week.

Campbell said ahead of Friday’s practice that Lions running back D’Andre Swift would likely also be ruled out after suffering a shoulder injury in Week 3 and aggravating an ongoing ankle injury, according to Lions Wire.

With Swift injured, the Lions will lean on Williams and Craig Reynolds to establish the running game and need to set up Goff for play-action passes. The Seahawks could be accommodating as they give up 157 yards per game on the ground to be among the worst in the league.

Williams had 107 combined yards last week and is the only player in the NFL to run for two touchdowns in two games this year.

The Lions will release their official injury report on Friday.

Wide receiver Josh Reynolds had six catches for a team-high 96 yards in Minnesota. Linebacker Alex Anzalone led the Lions with 10 tackles last week.

Sunday’s game begins at 10 a.m. PT.

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Emma Bowman

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