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TIM AND MIKE: Week 8 observations

Big man, big role: George Fant was part of a big problem for the Lions as part of the Seahawks' running game. Fant is a 322-pound offensive tackle who is used as a sixth offensive lineman. He reported as eligible on the first play of the game – a nine-yard run by Chris Carson. It was a sign of what was to come. Fant played 24 of 63 offensive snaps, and helped clear the way for the Seahawks to rush for 176 yards. – Mike O'Hara

Snacks debut: Seven solo tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack. That was the stat line for Damon "Snacks" Harrison in his Detroit Lions debut. With him on the field Sunday, Seattle averaged 3.2 yards per rush. With him on the sideline, that total skyrocketed to 5.6 yards per carry. – Tim Twentyman

Familiar nemesis: Sunday's game was the first of the season for Seahawks tight end Ed Dickson, and it looked like he had circled the game on his calendar. He had five catches for 176 yards playing for Carolina in a win over the Lions last year. On Sunday he had two catches for 54 yards – a 12-yard TD catch and a 42-yard catch when he got wide open on a third-down play. – Mike O'Hara

Log jam: Obviously a disappointing loss for the Lions to drop to 3-4 on the season. If there's any bright spots to come out of Sunday, it's that both Minnesota and Green Bay lost as well. Chicago beat the Jets, which propels them from worst to first at 4-3. Minnesota is second at 4-3-1. Green Bay is third at 3-3-1. Detroit is in the North basement at 3-4, but only a game out of first place. – Tim Twentyman

Kerryon, catching on: Rookie Kerryon Johnson didn't do much in the running game, with just eight carries for 22 yards. But he did have his season high with six catches for 69 yards, with a long reception of 24 yards on a screen pass. On a disappointing day, it was a positive sign that he can be an asset in the passing game as a three-down back. – Mike O'Hara

Tabor's rough day: Second-year cornerback Teez Tabor has joined the starting lineup the last two weeks since slot cornerback Jamal Agnew was placed on IR (knee), with Nevin Lawson moving inside. Seattle QB Russell Wilson was a perfect 4-for-4 for 97 yards and a touchdown throwing Tabor's way Sunday. Over the last two weeks, Miami and Seattle have combined to complete nine of the 10 passes thrown his way for 166 yards and two touchdowns, per Pro Football Focus statistics. – Tim Twentyman

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