Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions: By the numbers

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Detroit Lions Player to Watch: #9

Nov 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford (9) throws a pass under protection by guard Larry Warford (75) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone saw what happened when you put a quarterback who is incapable of completing a pass beyond 20 yards in front of the Legion of Boom.

Jimmy Clausen and the Bears suffered from their inability to challenge the Seahawks down the field. If it weren’t for the steady performance of Matt Forte, that game could have been a lot worse than what the score indicated.

But the Lions do not have the luxury of a Forte in their backfield. In fact, no Lion running back has rushed for more than 50 yards in a game so far this season. If that happens, it will be up to Matt Stafford and his three best weapons, Golden Tate, Calvin Johnson and Eric Ebron light up the scoreboard at CenturyLink Field.

The problem is that Stafford has been less than stellar so far this year. He’s completed 64.1 percent of his passes, but he has only thrown for five scores. What’s worse is that he’s also thrown five picks, giving him a 1:1 touchdown to interception ratio, which is far from favorable.

If Stafford continues his downward trend, the Seahawks may be able to feast in turnovers.

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