Detroit Lions no-show in loss to Seattle Seahawks, commit 3 turnovers

Dave Birkett
Detroit Free Press

Leave it to the Detroit Lions.

Just when it looked like they might be for real, when they won two straight games in commanding fashion to get back in the playoff hunt, and went out and acquired the best run-stuffing defensive tackle in the league, they come out and have a performance like this.

Chris Carson ran for 105 yards on 25 carries and Russell Wilson finished with a perfect passer rating as the Seattle Seahawks took advantage of three turnovers to dominate the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, 28-14.

Detroit Lions receiver Golden Tate makes a catch against Seattle Seahawks defensive backs Tre Flowers and Bradley McDougald Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.

Carson and the Seahawks moved the ball with ease for the first three quarters, scoring touchdowns on three straight drives in the first half, and they sealed the game with a gutsy fake punt with just over two minutes to play while backed up to their own end zone.

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After Matthew Stafford threw an interception at the goal line with 3:08 on the clock, the Lions held the Seahawks to 2 yards on three plays, bringing on Seattle’s punt team.

Rookie punter Michael Dickson took a snap and ran to the right along the back of the end zone as if he was going to take a safety, but when Lions jammer Cre’Von LeBlanc did not come off a Seattle player downfield, Dickson ran 9 yards for a first down.

The Lions had won two straight in commanding fashion, against the Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins, sandwiching a bye week, but Sunday’s loss drops them alone into last place in the NFC North.

At 3-4, the Lions hit the road for back-to-back division games against the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears.

The Seahawks, winners of four of their past five, ran for 176 yards and converted six of their 12 third-down attempts. 

The Lions, who’ve given up at least 169 yards rushing in all four of their losses, had 34 yards rushing on 13 attempts.

More problematic than their lack of a running game were three turnovers the Lions committed, their first since a Week 4 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Ameer Abdullah fumbled a kickoff with the game tied at 7 in the second quarter to set up one Seahawks touchdown, and Matthew Stafford lost a fumble and threw an interception in the fourth quarter.

Stafford finished 27 of 40 passing for 310 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Marvin Jones.

Jones had seven catches for 117 yards, his biggest game of the season, and Kerryon Johnson caught six passes for 69 yards for the Lions.

Wilson was 14 of 17 passing for 248 yards and three touchdowns for the Seahawks, who scored their final touchdown on a 7-yard run by Carson early in the fourth quarter, two series after they were stopped at on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

Damon Harrison, who the Lions acquired in a mid-week trade from the New York Giants, stopped Carson on third-and-goal from the 1 on that series and finished with seven tackles and one sack in his Lions debut.  

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