Five things to watch: Lions vs. Seahawks
Damon “Snacks” Harrison has us thinking about food this week, as the newest Lions’ addition arrived right in time for trick-or-treat season here in Detroit.
The defensive tackle comes from the New York Giants with an impressive menu of accomplishments, including an All-Pro selection in 2016.
As the usually well-fed Justin Rogers noted this week, Harrison has been dominant against the run, gorging ballcarriers into his belly.
Here are five things to watch in Sunday’s main course against Seattle (1 p.m., FOX, WJR 760):
1. Will “Snacks” eat?
Harrison should get a raucous welcome from a Ford Field crowd starving for a run-stuffer.
The Lions enter at 29th in the NFL, dishing out 139.3 yards per game.
Now, Seattle’s Chris Carson might not be an automatic fantasy running back play Sunday, and beware: Mike Davis has been a hungry touchdown vulture in the red zone.
2. Golden reunion
Since leaving Seattle in a murky separation after winning the franchise’s only Super Bowl, an old friend of Golden Tate’s hopes the Lions wide receiver has doughnuts on the stat sheet Sunday.
Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, licking his chops for the matchup, said that “when he plays us, I hope he gets no catches and no yards and he gets hit a bunch of times.”
Tate caught three passes in each of his two career games against Seattle, and had a case of butterfingers in the 2017 playoff loss, dropping a pass on the first series.
3. Fighting for scraps
Turnovers are a fairly predictive stat to determining winners on Sundays, but even more so for the Seahawks.
Since 2011, coach Pete Carroll’s Seahawks have a plus-74 turnover differential, second in the NFL to New England, as the league’s cream rises to the top there.
Even worse, on the other side of the table, the Lions’ defense is tied with Dallas with a league-worst six takeaways this season.
4. Leftovers still good?
While many of the names have changed from the franchise’s best days, quarterback Russell Wilson is still the straw that stirs the drink.
Previously as slippery as a flying fish at Seattle’s Pike Place Market, Wilson is staying in the pocket more this season with career-low rushing numbers.
If Wilson can get loose, Lions coach Matt Patricia could have a stomach-turning afternoon.
5. Spielman’s turn?
Former Lions lunch pail linebacker Chris Spielman is on the broadcast team for FOX.
With Roger Brown, Herman Moore and Alex Karras being inducted into the Pride of the Lions display in a halftime ceremony, see if former Tampa Bay great Ronde Barber or play-by-play man Kevin Kugler recommend No. 54 for a future seat at the table.
Matt Schoch is a freelance writer.