It turns out head coach Matt Patricia's concerns this week about Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson were well founded.
"It's really Russell Wilson and his ability to extend plays is the No. 1 thing that is just so difficult to defend," Patricia said Friday. "We'll sit here and talk about it today on Friday, but I'm just telling you on Sunday it's going to happen."
It did happen, early and often for Wilson. When all was said and done, Wilson and the Seahawks' offense had their way with Detroit's defense to the tune of 413 yards in a 28-14 victory over the Lions at Ford Field. The loss drops the Lions to 3-4 on the season.
Wilson threw three touchdown passes in the game, and Seattle rushed for 176 yards as a team.
Detroit led 7-0 after going 91 yards on 13 plays in their opening drive, culminating in a 39-yard Matthew Stafford to Marvin Jones. Jr. touchdown connection, but Seattle scored 21 straight from there. They added a touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, and held on for the win.
Stafford threw two touchdown passes to Jones (39 & 19) in the contest.
View in-game photos from the Detroit Lions Week 8 game against the Seattle Seahawks.
QB Comparison: Wilson was perfect Sunday in NFL standards. The highest quarterback rating a player can receive in a game is 158.3. That was Wilson's rating Sunday after completing 14-of-17 passes for 248 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also added 15 rushing yards.
Stafford completed 27 of his 40 pass attempts and saw his streak of consecutive games with a passer rating above 100.0 snapped at five games. He finished with a rating of 96.9 and wasn't able to out-duel Wilson in this one.
Turnover battle: The Lions totaled three turnovers and lost the turnover battle 3-0.
Since 2010, Seattle is 54-12 when winning the turnover battle.
An Ameer Abdullah fumble on a kickoff return in the second quarter led to a Seattle touchdown. Stafford lost a fumble, and threw an interception in the fourth quarter. Seattle didn't score off those turnovers, but they gave the ball back to Seattle and allowed them to milk more time off the clock.
Not so special: The Lions special teams units were responsible for a momentum-changing fumble (Abdullah) and three penalties on returns.
And then late in the fourth quarter, trailing 28-14, the Lions allowed Seattle punter Michael Dickson to run a fake out of his own end zone and gain the first down on a nine-yard run.
It was not a good day for Lions special teams.
Injury report: Lions linebacker Christian Jones suffered a knee injury early in the fourth quarter. He did not return to the game.
Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin suffered an undisclosed injury late and also didn't return.
Next up: Minnesota (4-2-1)