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Enemy Reaction 2018: Detroit Lions

Seattle Seahawks v Detroit Lions Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks improved to 4-3 on the year with an impressive 28-14 road win over the Detroit Lions, giving them three straight road victories after dropping the first two. It was a rocky start and somewhat rocky ending, but everything else at Ford Field was damn near flawless and beautiful to watch.

You know what else happens when the Seahawks win? Enemy Reaction. And we’ve got a lot to get through. Game thread comments from Lions fans are courtesy of Pride of Detroit. If you have problems viewing the images in the post, I suggest right-clicking on the specific image and going to “view image” or “open image in new tab” depending on your browser.

Matthew Stafford escapes, finds Marvin Jones for a touchdown (7-0 DET)

Russell Wilson strikes back, finding Tyler Lockett for a 24-yard touchdown (7-7)

Ameer Abdullah fumbles kickoff, Barkevious Mingo recovers (7-7)

David Moore grabs his fourth touchdown in three weeks (14-7 SEA)

David Moore can’t make the catch on 3rd down, Pete Carroll challenges and this obviously won’t work... (14-7 SEA)

...but then it’s overturned! It’s a catch!

Ed Dickson makes his presence felt with a 12-yard touchdown (21-7 SEA)

Seahawks turn it over on downs after Nick Vannett touchdown is called back due to illegal touching (21-7 SEA)

David Moore gets open for a 45-yard gain (21-7 SEA)

Chris Carson plows his way into the end zone (28-7 SEA)

Marvin Jones gets his second touchdown of the game (28-14 SEA)

Matthew Stafford fumbles, Frank Clark recovers (28-14 SEA)

Absurd pass interference call on Bradley McDougald sets Detroit up deep in Seattle territory (28-14 SEA)

Ball don’t lie, as Justin Coleman picks off Matthew Stafford at the 1 (28-14 SEA)

Michael Dickson casually Aussie Sweeps the Lions out of the building, hopefully Lions fans know who Michael Dickson is now (28-14 SEA FINAL)

Post-Game: Lions loss to Seahawks was downright shameful (Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press)

In a word: Yuck. Sorry, but I’m going to need sugar, bitters and some non-alcoholic whiskey to make this one go down. This was shameful. And poor Roger Brown and Herman Moore and about 70 alumni had to witness this ugh-fest for the annual homecoming game. Heck, Brown and Moore probably should have suited up. They could’ve helped. What a complete letdown. The Lions had won two straight, three out of four and talk was starting about them winning — sorry, I’m trying to say this with a straight face — the division. The Seahawks still have Russell Wilson, but they’re hardly world-beaters these days. The Lions are now 3-4 and appear to be playing down to lesser teams again with two tough road games coming up.

Post-Game: Seahawks didn’t necessarily prove themselves to be the better team (Steven Mullenax, Sidelion Report)

In the victory, the Seahawks didn’t necessarily prove they were the better team as much as the Lions were facing two enemies on the field. Seattle being one. The other? Themselves.

Detroit simply didn’t give themselves a fighting chance against the Seahawks as they were plagued by penalties, fumbles, drops, an interception, and more mental mistakes. The loss suddenly places the Lions in the basement of the NFC North with a 3-4 record.

A win against Seattle could have helped to elevate Detroit to the top of their division, as they are scheduled to face off against the 4-2-1 Minnesota Vikings next weekend, the current NFC North leaders. Instead, the Lions now have a much tougher road to the playoffs.

Post-Game Video: Sports radio call-ins remain a brain-melting experience (97.1 The Ticket)

Bonus Enemy Reaction: 49ers blow it against the Cardinals (or did the Cardinals blow it by winning?)

The Seahawks have six of their final nine games at home, and I’d be stunned if they had a second season in a row with middling results at CenturyLink Field. A win over the Los Angeles Chargers would bring them to 5-3 at the halfway stage, and instill more belief that this team is headed back to the playoffs. They’ve played great football over the last three games, but they’ll have to maintain it giving the daunting November schedule they face.

Also, November 5th is my birthday and I don’t want a second straight year of the Seahawks losing at home on my birthday/birthday weekend. That’s the only gift I want for 2018.

Thanks for reading and go ‘Hawks!