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Pete Carroll still optimistic that Seahawks can make deep playoff run

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A lot of people have written off the Seattle Seahawks without Earl Thomas, but Pete Carroll isn’t one of them. As you probably would have guessed if you’ve ever heard Carroll say anything at all.

Reporting from Seattle ahead of the Seahawks wild card game against the Detroit Lions on Saturday, ESPN’s Ed Werder said that Carroll told him that he likes how the defense is playing and that if the offense can protect the football, they can make a deep playoff run. His biggest concern on Saturday is Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Seattle is 4-5 when they turn the ball over this season, 8-3 when they force a turnover, and 0-0-1 when there aren’t any turnovers in the game at all.

The Seahawks and Lions kick off at 5:15 PM PST on NBC. They did not face each other this season and last played a year ago, a 13-10 win for Seattle on Monday Night Football in which Detroit was less than a yard from taking the lead with under two minutes remaining. Both teams hit the playoffs in a bit of a rut. If the Seahawks win, they’ll play the Atlanta Falcons in round two, if the Lions win, they’ll take on the Dallas Cowboys.