When: Sunday, 1:05 p.m., Qwest Field
Record: 1-6 after losing their fourth consecutive game Sunday – 17-10 to the previously winless St. Louis Rams
Where they rank: No. 25 on offense (20th rushing, 21st passing); No. 23 on defense (21st rushing, 27th passing)
Series: Seahawks lead 6-4, including wins in the past two meetings
Star power: Jason Hanson. Yes, the kicker. But here’s the kicker – he’s not just any kicker. The former Washington State and Mead High School standout is in his 18th NFL season, with the same team. This season, Hanson is again the most consistent player on the team. He has made nine of his 10 field goal attempts and each of his 10 PATs. Hanson not only leads the team in scoring this season (37 points), he is the franchise’s all-time leader (1,784), one of six players in NFL history to kick at least 400 field goals (415) and the league’s all-time leader in 50-yard-plus field goals (41, including a league-record eight of eight last season).
Unsung hero: William James. Signed as a street free agent in July, the former third-round draft choice by the New York Giants has defined the term “journeyman” in his nine-year career. In between playing for the Giants (2001-05) and Lions, James had stints with the Philadelphia Eagles (2006-07), Buffalo Bills (2008) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2008). Now? He’s the Lions’ best cornerback. James returned his only interception – one of five by the Lions – 38 yards for a touchdown.
On the spot: Matthew Stafford. The first pick overall in April’s NFL draft hasn’t exactly captured the Motor City by storm. Instead, he finds himself in the eye of a building storm. The rookie QB was 14 of 33 for 168 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Rams, when he did not complete a pass to a wide receiver until the fourth quarter – in part because his receivers dropped six passes. The performance drew boos from fans at the Ford Field as Stafford left the field. Now? Stafford will attempt to pull a bounce-back performance out of his helmet in the din at Qwest Field that has rattled the most veteran quarterbacks.
Burning question: Will this be a breakout game for former Seahawks running back Maurice Morris? When the Seahawks decided not to re-sign him free agency, Morris signed with the Lions in February. Sidelined by a hip injury earlier this season, Morris had more carries (14) for more yards (63) against the Rams than he did entering the game (12 for 43). That performance has Lions coach Jim Schwartz talking about getting Morris more involved in the offense.
Familiar faces: In addition to Hanson and Morris, the Lions have four other former Seahawks on their roster: LB Julian Peterson, who leads the team with 3½ sacks; SS Marquand Manuel, third on the team with 33 tackles; TE Will Heller, who has 10 receptions; and CB Kevin Hobbs, who has 12 tackles.
The last word: “We know what our issues are. We know that our margins are maybe a little bit thinner than some other teams and things like that. That’s no excuse. We have to find a way to get things accomplished.” – Schwartz