What the Seattle Seahawks are saying as they prepare for their Week 4 matchup vs. the Detroit Lions – detroitlions.com

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What are the Seattle Seahawks’ players and coaches talking about ahead of Sunday’s Week 4 matchup against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field? Let’s find out:
1. It’s a much different Seahawks team than Lions fans have been used to seeing over the years. No Russell Wilson, and they are much younger overall, like Detroit. Five of Seattle’s draft picks are making big contributions, including three in starting roles.
“It’s a fantastic class, it really is,” Seattle head coach Pete Carroll told seahawks.com. “This is a great sign as we move forward. These guys are going to get better. They are going to get better in the next three to four weeks, they are going to make improvements in the next three to four weeks as they go. They put three weeks behind them and they got another one and another one and you just keep adding.”
View photos of the starters for the Seattle Seahawks.
Head Coach Pete Carroll
Offensive Coordinator: Shane Waldron
Defensive Coordinator: Clint Hurtt
Special teams Coordinator: Larry Izzo
(AP Photo/Lachlan Cunningham)
WR DK Metcalf
Backed up by Marquise Goodwin and Dareke Young
(AP Photo/Scot Tucker)
OT Charles Cross
Backed up by Stone Forsythe
(AP Photo/Scot Tucker)
OG Damien Lewis
Backed up by Phil Haynes
(AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
C Austin Blythe
Backed up by Kyle Fuller
(AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
OG Gabe Jackson
Backed up by Phil Haynes
(AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
OT Abraham Lucas
Backed up by Jake Curhan
(AP Photo/Matt Durisko, File)
TE Will Dissly
Backed up by Colby Parkinson
(AP Photo/John Froschauer)
TE Noah Fant
Backed up by Colby Parkinson
(AP Photo/Scot Tucker)
WR Tyler Lockett
Backed up by Dee Eskridge and Penny Hart
(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
QB Geno Smith
Backed up by Drew Lock
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
FB Nick Bellore
(AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
RB Rashaad Penny
Backed up by Kenneth Walker III, Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
OLB Uchenna Nwosu
Backed up by Boye Mafe
(AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
DE Quinton Jefferson
Backed up by Shelby Harris
(AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
NT Al Woods
Backed up by Bryan Mone
(AP Photo/Scot Tucker)
DE Poona Ford
Backed up by Myles Adams
(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
OLB Darrell Taylor
Backed up by Darryl Johnson
(AP Photo/Lachlan Cunningham)
ILB Jordyn Brooks
Backed up by Nick Bellore
(AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
ILB Cody Barton
Backed up by Tanner Muse
(AP Photo/Lachlan Cunningham)
LCB Mike Jackson
Backed up by Sidney Jones IV, Coby Bryant and Justin Coleman
(AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
RCB Tariq Woolen
Backed up by Isaiah Dunn and Artie Burns
(AP Photo/Lachlan Cunningham)
SS Josh Jones
Backed up by Ryan Neal
(AP Photo/Ben VanHouten)
FS Quandre Diggs
Backed up by Teez Tabor and Joey Blount
(AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
K Jason Myers
(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
P/H Michael Dickson
(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
PR Dee Eskridge
Backed up by Tyler Lockett
(AP Photo/Zach Bolinger)
KR DeeJay Dallas
Backed up by Kenneth Walker III
(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
LS Carson Tinker
(AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
2. It appears the Lions and Seahawks are dealing with some of the same issues on defense, mainly miscommunications leading to big plays. The miscommunication on defense was a big topic during Carroll’s Monday presser, and something he really lamented.
That’s been a big issue here in Detroit too. It’s been a point of emphasis for defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn early in the season, but continues to be a problem. It led to the last-minute touchdown the Vikings scored to win that game last week.
Entering this game, the Lions rank 32nd in points allowed (31.0) and 28th in total defense (408.0). Seattle ranks 20th (23.3) and 25th (397.3).
3. The Seahawks signed former Lions running back Godwin Igwebuike to their practice squad this week. With backup running back Travis Homer dealing with a rib injury, it’s certainly possible Igwebuike gets a call up to active roster and plays Sunday.
4. Seattle has a 1-2 record, like the Lions, which no one in Seattle or Detroit is happy about. But one positive note for both teams through three games has been the play of quarterbacks Geno Smith and Jared Goff.
Smith has thrown for 717 yards and four touchdowns with only two interceptions. His QBR of 62.2 ranks 10th. Goff has thrown for 748 yards with seven touchdowns and two picks with a 63.7 QBR that ranks eighth in the league.
“If you like the Seahawks, how can you not be fired up of what Geno (Smith) has done? He has done a great job for us,” Carroll said. “That’s just one of the factors, but it’s a factor that was a question mark, and now you can see him. I’m really fired up about that.”
One thing the Lions will have to worry about this week is tempo from Seattle’s offense. They did a lot of it last week and it’s a strength for them.
5. Darryl Johnson (20 snaps) and rookie Boye Mafe (19) both saw their most significant playing time vs. Atlanta last week. Through three games Darrell Taylor and Uchenna Nwosu have started at outside linebacker and played the bulk of the snaps for the Seahawks, but Carroll told the Seattle media Monday he wants to see more of Mafe and Johnson. It’s something Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson will have to prepare for.
6. This week’s strength on weakness in the Lions’ favor comes in the run game. After holding opposing rushing attacks to just 3.8 yards per carry last season, the Seahawks are giving up 4.9 yards per rush early this season and have allowed the second most rushing yards in the league. Atlanta rushed for 179 yards (5.8 average) and two touchdowns against Seattle last week.
The Lions rank third in rushing yards and lead the NFL with a 5.9 yard average per rush.
“We beat ourselves,” Nwosu said of Seattle’s defensive performance in the Falcons game. “They came in there and it felt they did whatever they wanted to do, which is unacceptable.”
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