3 quick takeaways from the Seattle Seahawks Week 2 victory over the Detroit Lions

Seattle is now 1-1 in the 2023 season with a winnable game against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3.
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The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Detroit Lions in Week 2 in overtime to move to 1-1 in 2023. The final score was 37-31. The offense was immensely better in the second half of Week 2 than in Week 1, thankfully.

The defense still had some struggles, however. One positive, though, is that overall they were still fairly stout against the run and got better as the game wore on. This is something that should continue throughout the season. Mario Edwards, Jr. was especially good against the run.

1-1 is hopefully a record that 12s can live with. Maybe the expectation was to beat the Rams, and that didn't happen. But a loss to the Lions, which many expected, didn't happen either. Here are some very quick takeaways from Week 2.

Seattle Seahawks move to 1-1 with a victory over the Lions in Week 2

Tre Brown will make you forget Michael Jackson

Is Brown a perfect player? Not yet. He did allow a touchdown on the crossing route in the end zone. But one reason Brown was the starter in Week 1 is because he has the potential to be a playmaker. Michael Jackson was solid in 2022 in coverage, but he doesn't take the ball away.

In training camp, Brown had a few picks. He wasn't great in Week 1 but he proved in Week 2 why he should be one outside corner. He read a pass from Lions quarterback Jared Goff in the four quarter, intercepted the ball, and ran it back for a touchdown. Without that play, Seattle doesn't win the game.

The kids are alright

Seahawks rookie corner Devon Witherspoon got beat on a flea-flicker by the Lions when they took advantage of his first-game eagerness. But Witherspoon also made a couple of fantastic plays, including patting a ball away on third and long that forced the Lions to punt. Overall, he finished with 5 tackles and that pass defended.

Receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba caught 5 passes and was better than in Week 1. He finished with just 34 yards but got an important pass on third and long for Seattle in the first half when he rotated with Geno Smith on a roll out. Smith-Njigba is only going to get better as the season goes on.

I also want to mention safety Jerrick Reed II. He had a couple of punishing tackles on special teams, including a tackle inside the 10 on a Michael Dickson punt.

Kicker Jason Myers might be an issue

Jason Myers has been good for several years for the Seahawks, but so far through two weeks, he is 3 for 6. One of his misses in Week 2 was from 56 yards, but Myers has made those in the past. He also missed a 48-yarder which NFL kickers get paid a lot of money to make. He needs to be much better for Seattle to have a successful season.

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