The Detroit Lions were one of the most confusing teams to start the 2022 season. At 1:2, the team saw a lot of positives, but they continue to lose tight games.
Something has to make the Lions feel good about how their season is shaping up at this point. This week, a visit from the Seattle Seahawks could cure the team’s woes.
Detroit has already emerged as a huge favorite for the competition, with the early line hovering anywhere from 4.5 to six points. It could also set the team up for a bit of disappointment if they lose too.
ESPN analyst Jeremy Fowler offered some angry predictions for Week 4 in an inside article, and he made Detroit lose to the Seahawks. As he said, the reason is because he feels he can’t trust the team to concede wins and the Lions might not be able to go through in a penalty shootout.
“I love how Detroit is improving, but I still don’t have confidence in the Lions that they will finish the games yet. Seattle’s running defense has been shaky, so expect Pete Carroll’s staff to address that issue with changes this week. D’Andre Swift’s absence hurts Detroit’s big-play potential off the backfield. With Detroit averaging nearly 32 points per game, the Seahawks must be prepared to win a shootout if necessary. I think they’re ready for it,” predicts Fowler.
At 1-2, Seattle is also in tricky shape early in the season so a win for either team could be something to set the ship in order in terms of NFC competition.
No doubt this will be a challenge for the Lions, but the good news is they should have an enthusiastic Ford Field crowd to help their cause. In the end, many don’t see this variable as very important.
Injuries could hurt Lions’ Week 4
If there’s one major reason the Lions might not live up to expectations this week, it could be injuries. The virus has bitten the team hard and while many players’ status is up in the air, most of the offense is battered.
With a lack of qualified players, the Lions would hope to see several underrated or young players step up. The team has already lost players like Tracy Walker for the season and was plagued by long-term injuries on both offense and defense earlier this season.
In all honesty, the Lions are probably one of the best teams in the NFL this year if they’re fully healthy. Unfortunately, they weren’t viewed as a completely healthy unit at all this season.
The Lions will always claim that the mentality is the next man, but even that has certain realities. Without some of their top weapons, it could be a big fight for the Lions this week.
Lions defense could tell stories against Seattle
While Detroit’s offense has had an easy time making big plays so far this year, it will likely be defense that will determine if the team can support such a formidable line for Week 4.
Detroit almost bagged the third week game and lost, and a big reason was defense. The Lions maintained a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter but were doomed by coverage losses and back-end errors. The Lions also got next to no pressure on Kirk Cousins.
This week, Detroit’s defense must find a way to slow down Seattle and give their offense a better chance to influence the game. You need to put some pressure on Geno Smith and find a way to generate more interceptions or fumbles to provide sudden substitution opportunities.
Many think the Lions should be favorites to start the new week, but that doesn’t mean everyone agrees they’ll win the game.
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