Countdown to kickoff

Greetings from Qwest Field, where the Seahawks will play their only home game in November today against the Detroit Lions.

Despite the lack of national attention for this matchup of a 2-5 team (Seahawks) against a 1-6 team (Lions), this is a biggie on several levels for the home team – a gotta-have-it game wedged between last week’s trip to Dallas and the upcoming three-game swing that will take the Seahawks to Arizona, Minneapolis and St. Louis.

How will the players respond to coach Jim Mora calling them out after last week’s loss to the Cowboys?

Can Louis Rankin (kickoffs) and Nate Burleson (punts) provide a needed boost for a return game that is averaging 21.9 and 5.0 yards?

Will a running game that has generated 14 and 79 yards the past two games get it going a Lions defense that is allowing an average of 117.7 yards per game?

Will the return of defensive end Patrick Kerney to the left side jumpstart a pass rush that has collected four sacks in the past two games and nine in the past four?

Will the offensive line – starting the same combination in back-to-back games for the first time since Week 2 – provide Matt Hasselbeck with the time to pass, and allow tight end John Carlson to be more involved in the passing game?

Will Marcus Trufant bounce back from his less-than-stellar ’09 debut against the Cowboys and be the force the defense needs in his matchups with the Lions’ Calvin Johnson?

We’re all about to find out together.

In addition to Military Appreciation Day, there also will be a moment of silence prior to kickoff for Timothy Brenton, the Seattle Police Officer who was killed last week.


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