Bold predictions? Meh. It is a real thing, I guess. But being truly bold might be me saying, "The Seattle Seahawks will score 60 on the Lions in Week 2 by resting their starters!" That would be silly, right? Yep, but it would be bold.
Sadly, resting their starters is the way Seattle looked in Week 1 when they lost to a Cooper Kupp-less Los Angeles Rams team by 17. The first few offensive drives for the Seahawks looked fine, but after that? Not so much.
Seattle's Week 2 opponent, the Detroit Lions, beat the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1. The Chiefs were missing a couple of key players, but do I think that Seattle, the way they played against the Rams, would have beaten KC? No way. Here are four things I think will happen in Week 2, however.
Predictions for what will happen between the Seahawks and Lions in Week 2
The Seahawks will struggle badly against the Lions passing game
Is Lions quarterback Jared Goff perfect? No. But he is a lot better than most people probably give him credit for. In 2021 and 2022 combined, Goff had 48 touchdown passes against just 15 interceptions. Goff has also made three Pro Bowls. He is far from a first-round NFL draft bust, though he won't ever be a Pro Football Hall of Famer.
In 2022 when Seattle defeated the Lions 48-45 - and the Seahawks secondary was actually decent last year - Goff destroyed Seattle. He completed 26 of 39 passes for 378 yards and 4 touchdowns. In Week 1 against the Chiefs, Goff was efficient if not spectacular. He completed 22 of 35 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown. He didn't turn the ball over. He was also sacked just once. Goff's 7.5 adjusted net yards per pass attempt was also fifth in the league in Week 1.
Meanwhile, Seattle had nearly zero pass rush against Matthew Stafford and the Rams. Seattle got pressure only 5 percent of the time Stafford dropped back to pass, and his Stafford only twice, fewest in the league. Seattle ranked 30th in the NFL in allowing 8.8 net yards per pass attempt. In other words, Goff is very likely to run an extremely efficient offense against Seattle and eat up clock and score points.