DETROIT – Final thoughts while waiting for kickoff of the Seahawks-Lions game and wondering if anyone will score points and runs in downtown Detroit Sunday:
Atmosphere: The pre-game mood at Ford Field feels like a playoff game. In a sense, it is because a loss would put the Lions at 2-5 and just about end any realistic thoughts of making a playoff run.
There is a big difference being 3-4 - especially with Jacksonville coming up next week.
Maybe having the Tigers on the brink of elimination for the World Series next door adds to the uncertain edge.
Arms race: Stafford may wing it from the beginning, like he did in the opening game against the Rams.
On the first drive, the Lions drove from their 20 to the Rams’ three-yard line, and most of it was on Stafford’s arm. Of the 12 plays, only three were pure tailback runs. The drive started with an end-round by
The drive ended on an interception by Rams rookie Janoris Jenkins. Until then, it was a good, sharp drive led by Stafford.
Receiver choice: With Burleson out for the season with a broken leg, rookie
Tight quarters: Not sure what it means, but the NFL tweeted out this morning that the Lions are one of four teams to be within a score of the lead in all four games. The others are the Rams, Redskins and Saints.
All four teams have losing records.
Tough going: The Lions should be used to tough games. Seattle is the sixth team they’ve played that is ranked in the top 12 in total defense. The others: 49ers (1), Bears (6), Rams (9), Eagles (11) and Vikings (12).
Seattle is ranked fifth. The Lions are eighth.
Moving up: The injury bug has moved up a level, from the secondary to the Lions’ linebackers.
All four original starting defensive backs have missed at least one game – cornerbacks