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Did the Detroit Lions do themselves a favor by earning the No. 6 seed?

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Joe Bernhardt
I am a recent Oakland University graduate. I have been a Detroit sports fan my whole life, especially the Red Wings and Lions. I love writing about sports and all things hockey.

Many wanted the Detroit Lions to beat the Green Bay Packers last Sunday and host a playoff game against the New York Giants. That didn’t happen, Green Bay defeated Detroit 31-24 and won the NFC North. Once again the Lions failed to get the job done when it matters. Now, they will travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

But did the Lions do themselves a favor? Yes, they did. We all saw how bad the Lions offense looked against the New York Giants defense three weeks ago when they lost 17-6. None of us want to see that happen again. Matthew Stafford didn’t look very good throwing for 273 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. The rushing game was nowhere to be found as they gained 56 yards on the ground.

Do the Lions have a shot at beating Seattle at home? Possibly, and here’s why. Russell Wilson is not 100 percent, he has been dealing with a high-ankle sprain and a sprained knee that he sustained earlier in the season. He has not been as mobile this season as he has in recent years. Wilson has only run for 259 yards, which is his lowest total in his career. If the Lions defensive line can contain him then they will have a good shot at winning Saturday night.

Seattle also ranks 25th in the league on the ground gaining only 99.4 yds/gm. Thomas Rawls leads the Seahawks with 349 yards on 109 attempts (3.2 yds/att). Detroit should not have a problem stopping the run with those numbers.

Obviously, Detroit still has to worry about Doug Baldwin, but if Wilson is unable to scramble out of the pocket, the Lions will be able to drop more defensive backs in coverage. That will take pressure off Darius Slay and the rest of that rocky secondary.

Seattle is 7-1 at home this season and it will be tough to hear with that rowdy crowd, but the Lions have been underdogs all season long. It has been somewhat of a magical season for them, hopefully some of that magic still remains.

 

 

 

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