The 1-2 Seahawks play the 1-2 Lions in Week in Detroit. Detroit might feel a bit better about itself than Seattle because second-year coach Dan Campbell seems to have shown he knows how to produce a good offense.
Both teams have issues on defense, however. And Seattle and Detroit are both struggling with injuries suffered at safety this year. The Seahawks lost Jamal Adams for the season and Detroit lost Tracy Walker.
This is one reason, besides the defenses being bad overall, I see Week 4 as a high-scoring affair. Who wins? These are my guesses at what will happen.
Three predictions for the Seahawks and the Lions in Week 4
DK Metcalf has two long touchdown receptions
The Lions will have the worst defense the Seahawks have faced this year. Atlanta – Seattle’s Week 3 opponent – wasn’t that good either but currently the Falcons are 26th in points allowed (81) but Detroit is last in the league (93). Detroit will also be without starting safety Tracy Walker who is actually pretty good in coverage. This means this could be the week that Geno Smith sees some open receivers in the middle of the field.
So far in 2022, DK Metcalf has mostly been a possession receiver but in Week 3 we began to see him used a bit more downfield. There are no excuses for the offense of using the Metcalf machine in the way it was designed to be used. That is, give Metcalf three or four chances to beat his man deep down the field to either score points on the play or to put Seattle in great field position.
Metcalf only has 1 touchdown so far this year. That can’t be the pace that is kept up because Metcalf is going to be better than most of the players defending him. The Seahawks seem to be afraid to make mistakes on offense in 2022, but this scheme has clearly failed overall and especially in the second halves of games when Seattle has scored a combined 3 points in three games.
This week, Geno Smith finds Metcalf twice on long throws and Metcalf has his first 2022 game of more than 100 yards receiving.