Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell still has some familiarity with the NFC North from his time coaching at Minnesota and Green Bay.
So it’s not surprised that he’s well versed when it comes to the Detroit Lions.
Bevell said that the Lions’ front four defensively of defensive ends Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril, along with defensive tackles Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh are the best front Seattle has faced this season.
The Lions are tied for 12th in the league with 17 sacks on the year.
“If you don’t take care of the front four, it can screw up the whole game,” Bevell said. “That’s what they count on, and that’s what they’re working toward. So we have to have a conscious effort to make sure we take care of those guys.
“They’ll pressure at times, but they have a lot of confidence and trust that those guys can get it done, and they have. So we have to make sure we take care of business up there.”
A complaint by some in the comments section here in the blog, Bevell provided some clarity for Seattle going empty set (no backs) on third and long situations.
“There’s some different things that it gives you,” Bevell said. “One is it gets all five of your receivers out. And sometimes it does clear up a little bit of protection. When you have more guys in there that have a chance to chip, or a chance to stay in protection if they’re not free releasing, then if they’re playing man coverage, then you have to check your man and sometimes their guy just adds. Then you end up having seven guys in blocking.
“So sometimes it clears up some of that. You can get some one-on-one match ups, and you can get some mismatches that way.”
On the injury front for Seattle, cornerback Byron Maxwell (hamstring), defensive tackle Jason Jones (ankle) and receiver Doug Baldwin (ankle) did not practice on today.
Offensive lineman John Moffitt (knee) was limited. Running back Marshawn Lynch (back) was a full participant.
For Detroit, DE Cliff Avril (back), WR Calvin Johnson (knee), DE Jacob Lacey (concussion), LB DeAndre Lacey (hamstring), DE Ronnell Lewis (not injury related) and Amari Spievey (concussion) did not participate in practice today.
CB Dwight Bentley (shoulder), S Louis Delmas (knee), TE Brandon Pettirgrew (knee), LB Stephen Tulloch (knee), DT Corey Williams (knee) and WR Titus Young (knee) were limited in practice.