The Seattle Seahawks (4-3) came out of the bye week and picked up a third straight road win, toppling the Detroit Lions (3-4) with a 28-14 win at Ford Field. Russell Wilson had a perfect QB rating, throwing for 248 yards, three touchdown passes and only three incomplete passes total. Chris Carson had over 100 yards rushing and a touchdown, while David Moore, Ed Dickson, and Tyler Lockett also got into the end zone. The defense and special teams combined for three takeaways, including a pair of crucial ones as the Lions were looking to rally in the 4th quarter.
The Seahawks picked up a couple of first downs on the game’s opening drive, but stalled out at midfield. Detroit answered with a 13-play, 91-yard drive that featured a series of third-down conversions, including a 39-yard touchdown from Matthew Stafford to Marvin Jones, who got behind Tedric Thompson on 3rd and 10. 7-0 Lions.
On the #Lions touchdown:— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) October 28, 2018
1. I don't know why Tre Flowers didn't carry the vertical route down the sideline.
2. I'm surprised by how much Tedric Thompson undercut that route and was out of position...
Not good for the #Seahawks. #SEAvsDETpic.twitter.com/o4b6OdATmq
The Seahawks answered brilliantly, as Russell Wilson took the team 75 yards on just 7 plays, capped off by a terrific 24-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett, his sixth of the season to tie things up at 7-7.
TOUCHDOWN Tyler Lockett!— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) October 28, 2018
The #Seahawks run a play-action smash concept on the left. Hitch route by Moore and corner route by Tyler Lockett. Great contested by Lockett for the score!! #SEAvsDETpic.twitter.com/9NClOkh11Y
Tedric Thompson whacked Ameer Abdullah into fumbling the ensuing kickoff, which was recovered at the Lions 35 by Barkevious Mingo. Seattle took advantage three plays later, courtesy of a back-shoulder touchdown to David Moore. That’s his fourth TD in three games. 14-7 Seahawks.
All David Moore does is score TD's and dammit, it's always so satisfying. pic.twitter.com/vc7VcLjB3B— C.J. Tumbarello (@TumbarelloHB) October 28, 2018
Despite a stupid face-mask penalty by Bobby Wagner on Golden Tate that gifted the Lions 15 yards and erased a third-and-long jam, the Seahawks defense held firm near midfield, with Tedric Thompson nearly getting an interception prior to their first third-down stop of the game.
Seattle looked to have gone three-and-out after an amazing effort by David Moore was ruled incomplete. Pete Carroll challenged the play and won it, as Moore took three steps before going to the ground, so the new catch rules worked in the Seahawks’ favor!
The Seahawks offense methodically moved the ball down the field, even getting out of a 1st and 25 jam, then Wilson converted a 3rd and 4 pass to Ed Dickson in the back of the end zone for another score, which they’d take into halftime. 21-7 Seahawks.
After forcing the Lions to punt on their first possession, the Seahawks marched all the way to the Lions 1, looking for the KO blow. Unfortunately, they were stopped on 2nd down when Doug Baldwin wasn’t in-bounds on a catch, Chris Carson was stuffed at the goal line, and Nick Vannett caught a touchdown on a scramble drill but was out of bounds and stepped back in. That penalty was a loss of down on 4th and goal and a turnover on downs. Opportunity wasted, but the Lions didn’t capitalize... we did get Justin Coleman getting wrecked by Kerryon Johnson, though.
The Seahawks essentially killed the game off thanks to a 45-yard pass to David Moore that set up 1st-and-goal at the 7. Chris Carson bulldozed through the Lions defense for a well-earned touchdown. Of note, Matt Patricia challenged a third-down conversion to Nick Vannett, which he won... but the Lions had a penalty on the play that would’ve meant an automatic first. He successfully challenged 6 yards of field position, only for Wilson to find Moore on the next snap. Good going, Matt! 28-7 Seahawks.
Detroit finally got out of its rut with Matthew Stafford once again connecting with Marvin Jones, who beat Shaquill Griffin for a 20-yard touchdown. 28-14 Seahawks.
Seattle went three-and-out on the next possession, perhaps making some fans a little nervous, but Jarran Reed calmed nerves with a strip-sack which Frank Clark recovered. However, the Seahawks went three-and-out again, and a ridiculous pass interference on Bradley McDougald set up the Lions at the Seahawks 15 with 5 minutes to go. A few plays later, Justin Coleman came up huge with an interception at the 1 on a pass intended for Golden Tate.
Trying to run the clock out, the Seahawks forced the Lions to burn some timeouts, and then on 4th down with a little over two minutes to go, Michael Dickson RAN FOR A FIRST DOWN FROM HIS OWN END ZONE! It was seemingly a run-punt-safety option. If the space was there, he’d run for a first down. If not, punt. Also an option was an intentional safety seeing as they were up 14. Instead, that play just about ran the rest of the clock out. 28-14 Seahawks Final.
Seahawks Injury Report
DT Quinton Jefferson limped off the field in the 3rd quarter with a leg injury. He returned on the next series.
SS Bradley McDougald walked off the field with what looked to be an upper body injury. He returned on the next series.
Next week’s opponent
Seattle finally has a home game next week, taking on the surging Los Angeles Chargers (5-2) on Sunday, November 4th at 1:05 PM PT on CBS.