Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com writes that Sunday’s matchup between Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson, nicknamed Megatron, and Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, who changed his twitter handle to Megatron’s nemesis, Optimus Prime is his most anticipated face off this weekend.
Jeremiah: “Johnson will face a very tough challenge on Sunday when he lines up against two of the NFL’s most physical cornerbacks. Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are arguably the top two press cornerbacks in the NFL. They maul receivers at the line of scrimmage, and if you ask San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, the mauling doesn’t stop there. They have already combined to pick off five passes and break up 15 others. They are the main reason why Seattle’s defense has allowed a league-low six touchdown passes this season.”
Jim Moore of 710 ESPN Seattle writes that the Seahawks will face a tough road test against a Detroit team in desperate need of a win. Jim Moore like Detroit, 23-20 over Seattle, and is 6-1 against the spread in Seahawks games. Moore: “I actually think the Lions will win by double digits, somewhere in the 10- to 14-point range, but since oddsmakers are so good at what they do, I’ll take Detroit to beat the Seahawks on a Jason Hanson field goal in the final seconds.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that although Marshawn Lynch has touched the ball on 38 percent of Seattle’s offensive plays, the Seahawks need to spread the wealth on offense. Farnsworth: “The Seahawks’ offense has scored 10 touchdowns. Only the Kansas City Chiefs (nine) and Jacksonville Jaguars (eight) have scored fewer, and they’re combined record is 2-10. The Seahawks are 4-3 and looking to climb to 5-3 at the midway point of Pete Carroll’s third season as coach. To do that, they’ll have to outscore the Lions, who were held to seven points in Monday night’s loss to the Bears in Chicago but also have scored 41, 27 and 26 points in other games.”
ESPN’s Mike Sando likes the Lions, 17-14.
Doug Kretz of Scouts Inc. likes Seattle 21-20 in his scouting report. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this. Kretz: “ Seattle has large, physical cornerbacks who can physically match up with most receivers in the league. As big as they are, Seattle’s corners will still be giving up 2-3 inches to Calvin Johnson, so look for defensive coordinator Gus Bradley to roll coverage to provide help over the top on Johnson’s side. The key will be how well the Seahawks can single cover on the backside, where Detroit will be missing its No. 2 receiver,Nate Burleson, who is out for the year.”
Sterling Sharpe, Donovan McNabb and Brian Baldinger preview the Seahawks-Lions matchup in this NFL Playbook video link.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports previews the Seahawks-Lions game in the video below. Kirwan takes Seattle 20-17.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com ranks the Seahawks No. 16 on his most entertaining NFL team to watch against an average opponent. The Redskins top the list, followed by the Texans and the Eagles. Barnwell on the Seahawks: “Sorta like the Panthers, but with a stifling defense and a quarterback attempting to learn professional football through immersion. Much more fun at home, obviously, than on the road.”
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press writes that Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy likely will not play because of a hamstring injury. Starters safety Amari Spievey and cornerback Jacob Lacey also are out.
Justin Rogers of MLive.com asks if Seattle’s super-sized secondary is the next evolution of NFL defenses.