Seahawk Monday: 5 Keys to Getting Back On Track In Week 8 Against the Lions


Oct 14, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) during the game against the New England Patriots at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated New England 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

The Seahawks got seriously beat down offensively last Thursday. While their own defense handed out their own butt-kicking, there will still be a bit of an overreaction in the Seattle community. A few things to remember before jumping off the Seattle bandwagon, heading into their week 8 matchup with Detroit:

1: Continued Offensive Growth.

The Seahawk offense is growing by the week. San Franciso has the best defense in the League, so don’t get too discouraged by the bad performance. Lynch still got his numbers and a couple of catches by the wide receivers would have secured a win. They need to grow a little more this week, specifically from a consistency standpoint. They still haven’t put a full game together. Do I think this will be the week that happens? No, but stringing some early possessions together to take a big lead would be nice to see.

2: Pressure Stafford.

The Detroit offense is much like New England’s, but they don’t carry the same punch because Stafford, while dangerous, is having a heck of a time against even the most mediocre corners. Seattle’s secondary will be the best he has faced all season and we just saw what Chicago did to him. It would be wise to blitz Stafford… a lot.

3: Lock Down Mega-Tron.

As if my second point wasn’t bad enough on Detroit, on top of the Seattle secondary, Stafford has to deal with his downfield nightmares. Nate Burleson, who was Detroit’s burner, is now M.I.A with a broken leg. Even with Sherman shadowing the big guy down the field, I would like to see a lot of double coverage over the top, just to avoid getting beat by the only guy that can beat you.

4: Run, Run, Run.

Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin and Leon Washington need to wreck havoc on Detroit. Just give them the ball again and again. Remember, Seattle will have had 4 extra days of rest on the beat up Lions. Using the offensive line to wear down Detroit is a really, really good strategy.

5: D-Line Needs To Get Back To Nasty.

When the Lions are good, they can run the ball to suplement their pass game. But here’s the thing – The Seahawks’ defensive line was embarrassed on the national stage against the 49ers. Better believe they will be out to destroy the running game of Detroit, which would make the Lions one dimensional and less than scary team. It’s not pushing it to ask for less than 75 yards from Detroits run game this week as a Seattle fan, and you can bet the Seahawk defense has set their goal as less than 50.