Sunday's clash with the Lions had all the makings of an disastrous upset special after the first quarter of play, as the Motor City visitors jumped out to a 17-0 lead at the blink of an eye.
Then, at the start of the second quarter, Detroit reverted back to the same smorgasbord of mediocrity that this team has been over the last 24 games(in which, they are 1-23). The Seattle Seahawks scored 26 unanswered points and the Lions wouldn't put a point on the scoreboard until a Jason Hanson 50-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck completed 15 straight passes(a franchise record) on route to a 39-for-51, 329 yards passing day. Hasselebeck's precision passing set up the team's first score, a 3 yard rushing touchdown by Julius Jones in the 2nd quarter. After three straight Olindo Mare field goals, Hasselbeck hit wide receiver T.J. Houshmanzadeh for a 2-yard score in the third. That gave the Seahawks its first lead of the ballgame at 23-17.
Detroit let Seattle back in thanks to the usual costly mistakes. Lions rookie and top overall pick QB Matt Stafford threw five picks, the last of which was taken to the house by Josh Wilson to clinch the win. The team also was baited offsides on a 4th-and-1 on the Lions' 7 in the fourth quarter to keep Seattle's drive going. Middle linebacker Dave Hawthorne continued his solid play in place of Pro Bowler Lofa Tatupu. The man known as “The Heater” had two of Seattle's five interceptions and led the team with eight tackles. Also getting himself a pick was star corner Marcus Trufant, who was victimized by Dallas in his '09 debut last week.
There were some negatives to take away from yesterday's game though, other than the obvious fact they gave one of the worst teams in the NFL a 17-point head start. The running game continues to be non-existent. Starter Julius Jones managed just 36 yards on 16 carries and the team oddly only gave one touch to new change-of-pace back Justin Forsett(though it should be noted that Forsett managed to get 14 yards on said carry, further driving home the theory that Forsett and not Jones should be the team's lead back).
At the end of the day, though, the Seahawks took care of business and now head to Arizona next week to gain some ground on the faint chance the team has of overtaking the Cardinals for NFC West division. At 3-5, the team is tied for 2nd with the San Francisco 49ers, who lost yesterday to Tennessee(though San Fran holds the tiebreaker, thanks to their Week 2 win). The Cardinals are a mind-boggling 1-3 at home this season, so the Seahawks have a chance to pull off the upset and put them just one game back with 7 to play.
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