I’m filling in this week for Nick this week to get the Matchups of the game written up. He had some things come up this week that prevented him from being able to write, but don’t worry, He’ll be back next week. I apologize up front for this week’s version not being up to the usual quality that Nick usually produces.
Here’s the top 5 matchups to watch in this weeks game vs. the Lions
1) Calvin Johnson vs Richard Sherman – Or Megatron vs Optimus Prime, if you’d rather use nicknames. This matchup has gotten all the press leading up to the game, and there’s a good reason why. Johnson is the game’s best receiver right now. Sherman is the young dominant corner who’s not afraid of taking the trash talking away from the field, but who’s play has certainly backed up all the talk. This matchup will certainly have a big say as to which teams wins this game.
2) Ndamukong Suh vs James Carpenter – Suh is one of the game’s best defensive linemen no matter how you look at it. Carpenter is playing at a very high level this year after struggling for most of his rookie season a year ago. Carpenter will likely get some help from time to time, but it will be up to him to keep Suh in check for most of the game. If he can, the Seahawks could have a big day on the ground against this defense.
3) LeRoy Hill vs Mikel Leshoure – These teams match up in such a way that the Seahawk’s defense should be able to control the game. But that all unravels if Leshoure can have an impact out of the backfield in the passing game. His ability to get first downs in key situations will be key for the Lions, and it’ll fall on Hill for the most part to make sure that doesn’t happen. Hill has the physical tools to do show, but has really struggled to stay disciplined in pass coverage the last couple seasons.
4) Marshawn Lynch vs The Lions front 7 – Lynch has been extremely good this season. The Lions defense hasn’t been as good, despite having some very talented players. If Lynch has his typical beast mode type of day, the Seahawks should come away with the win. The only way that doesn’t happen is if the Lion’s front 7 is able to get multiple bodies to the ball and get Lynch on the ground.
5) Russell Wilson vs The Lions secondary – Aside from safety Chris Huston, the Lions secondary is downright ordinary. Wilson has shown that he can take advantage of secondaries like that, and he’s going to have to in this game. Wilson will need to have a good day today for the Seahawks to win, and that means keeping the ball out of Huston’s hands.