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Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cory Redding (left) faces his former team for the first time on Sunday.

Detroit Lions (1-6) at Seattle Seahawks (2-5)

Time & Place:
Sunday, November 8, 2009
1:05pm PT
Qwest Field
Seattle, WA

Regular season series: Seattle and Detroit have squared off ten times, with the Seahawks holding a 6-4 edge in the series. Seattle has won two straight over Detroit, including a 35-14 win when the Lions visited Qwest Field in 2003.

Notable Newcomers

Jim Schwartz, Head coach (Tennessee)
Phillip Buchanon, CB (UFA, Tampa Bay)
Jason David, CB (UFA, New Orleans)
Larry Foote, LB (UFA, Pittsburgh)
Dylan Gandy, G (UFA, Oakland)
Will Heller, TE (UFA, Seattle)
Anthony Henry, CB (Trade, Dallas)
Jason Hunter, DE (UFA, Green Bay)
Grady Jackson, DT (UFA, Atlanta)
Jon Jansen, G (UFA, Washington)
Bryant Johnson, WR (UFA, San Francisco)
Daniel Loper, G (UFA, Tennessee)
Marquand Manuel, S (UFA, Denver)
Turk McBride, DE (UFA, Kansas City)
Maurice Morris, RB (UFA, Seattle)
Dennis Northcutt, WR (Trade, Jacksonville)
Julian Peterson, DE (Trade, Seattle)

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR (UFA, Cincinnati)
Colin Cole, DT (UFA, Green Bay)
John Owens, TE (UFA, Detroit)
Ken Lucas, CB (UFA, Carolina)
Lawyer Milloy, S (UFA, Atlanta)
Cory Redding, DE (Trade, Detroit)

2009 Draft Class

Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia (1st round, 1st overall)
Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State (1st round, 20th overall)
Louis Delmas, S, Western Michigan (2nd round, 33rd overall)
DeAndre Levy, LB, Wisconsin (3rd round, 76th overall)
Derrick Williams, WR, Penn State (3rd round, 82nd overall)
Sammie Lee Hill, DT, Stillman (4th round, 115th overall)
Aaron Brown, RB, TCU (6th round, 192nd overall)
*Lydon Murtha, T, Nebraska (7th round, 228th overall)
Zack Follett, LB, California (7th round, 235th overall)
**Dan Gronkowski, TE, Maryland (7th round, 255th overall)

Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest (1st round, 4th overall)
Max Unger, C/G, Oregon (2nd round, 49th overall)
Deon Butler, WR, Penn State (3rd round, 91st overall)
Mike Teel, QB, Rutgers (6th round, 178th overall)
*Courtney Greene, S, Rutgers (7th round, 245th overall)
Nick Reed, DE, Oregon (7th round, 247th overall)
Cameron Morrah, TE, California (7th round, 248th overall)
**-Practice squad

Stats & Rankings


Total: 25th (292.6 yards per game)
Passing: 21st (189.6 yards per game)
Rushing: 20th (103.0 yards per game)
Scoring: 25th (16.1 points per game)

Total: 23rd (369.6 yards per game)
Passing: 27th (251.9 yards per game)
Rushing: 21st (117.7 yards per game)
Scoring: 31st (29.3 points per game)

Turnover Ratio: 25th (-4)


Total: 22nd (309.9 yards per game)
Passing: 17th (221.1 yards per game)
Rushing: 29th (88.7 yards per game)
Scoring: 21st (19.3 points per game)

Total: 14th (325.7 yards per game)
Passing: 18th (224.4 yards per game)
Rushing: 10th (101.3 yards per game)
Scoring: t-14th (21.0 points per game)

Turnover Ratio: t-23rd (-3)


For the fourth time this season, FOX has Dick Stockton and Charles Davis calling the Seahawks game this weekend. As always, Steve Raible, Warren Moon, and Jen Mueller will call the game on 97.3FM and 710 ESPN Seattle.

Vegas Line: Seahawks -10 (o/u 43)

Keys to the Game

Don't Take Detroit Lightly – Seattle only has one more win than Detroit, which would warrant that the Seahawks not take a Lions franchise—which hasn't won a road game in over two years—lightly. Seattle is a double-digit favorite on Sunday, and another blowout win at home over an inferior opponent is expected. Anything less wouldn't bode well for the road ahead, and loss would be downright catastrophic.

Stepping Up on Defense – Over the last two weeks, the Seahawks' defense allowed Arizona and Dallas to convert 52% on third down, which has played a large role in the team being outscored 65-20 during the current two-game losing streak. Part of the third down struggles can be attributed to the lack of a pass rush, but the injury to Lofa Tatupu is playing plays a role in the units' struggles on money downs.

Only two defenses (Washington, Kansas City) have created fewer takeaways than the Seahawks defense has this season, but facing a rookie quarterback at Qwest Field on Sunday could jump-start a ball-hawkin' frenzy. And that's one area where David Hawthorne is excelling. Two of the three turnovers the ‘Hawks defense has created the last two games were strip-sacks by "The Heater".

Get the Passing Game in Rhythm – As important as running the football is in November and December, to keep their playoff hopes alive the Seahawks will have to win road games in Arizona and Minnesota in back-to-back weeks following the Detroit game. Both play in climate-controlled stadiums, and both are much more susceptible to the pass than the run. Detroit is 27th in the NFL against the pass, and have given up the second-most touchdown passes in the league, so his would be a good week for Matt Hasselbeck and T.J. Houshmandzadeh to get on the same page, and if Greg Knapp could get John Carlson and Deon Butler more involved in the passing attack, well that'd be just super. Prediction

As inconsistent as the Seahawks have been this season, this is still very much the gimme everyone anticipated it would be when the Lions weren't winning a game last season.

Pick: Seahawks 34, Lions 13

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